The bigger picture.

If you are about to acquire a brokerage, you must assess how it will fit in with your own business. The best place to begin is an investigation of what it could mean for staff, says Jennifer Jarrett.

David Worsfold.

From April, many of the old Latin legal terms will make way for plain English. With everyone able to understand how the law works, will we see an increase in claims?

Make your mind up time.

Many composite brokers are having to decide whether it is worth continuing with life and pensions business. Jennifer Jarrett offers some guidance on this difficult decision process.


Brokers and intermediaries are being offered a free disk that will enable them to test whether their...

European issue.

Whilst discussions currently concentrate on the suitability of the IIB to administer the IBRA, we sh...

Pauline Quayle.

Millennium compliance is easier said than done, especially for smaller brokers. The large insurers and software houses should also face up to their responsibilities.

Y2K-readiness wins praise.

This year's IFST conference had clear warnings for the industry about IT-related issues, but also praise for its preparations for the year 2000. Alex Miller reports.

David Worsfold.

NewRo may have lost the battle for interim control of broker regulation, but its financial strength will still make it a viable alternative to the IIB if it makes its intentions clear.

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