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Small firms get staff cover

A new health cover policy for employees is designed to cover a gap in the market, Accuro says.

Friday, January 30th, 6:00AM

The health insurer has launched StaffSmart, a workplace health cover programme for employers at small businesses.

Kelleigh Aston, general manager of sales and marketing, said most staff products were offered for groups of more than 25 people.
StaffSmart covers 15 to 25.

“We get lots of requests from people saying there’s not enough competition in that up-to-25 space,” she said...MORE»

Demand for simpler trauma policies

Monday, January 19th, 6:00AM

Demand is increasing for simple trauma products with cheaper premiums, Fidelity Life boss Milton Jennings says.


Call for independent commission

Thursday, January 15th, 6:00AM

An independent body similar to the Commission for Financial Capability should be set up to address health funding issues, the Health Funds Association says.



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Reinsurance clampdown

Monday, January 5th, 6:00AM

New solvency standards for life insurance business will make things tougher for those that rely on reinsurance to write new business.


Tombstoning adviser convicted

Wednesday, December 24th, 6:00AM

Desperation likely drives advisers to commit tombstoning fraud, Partners Life boss Naomi Ballantyne says.


Who should worry about the FMA's focus on churn?

Sunday, December 14th, 2:28PM


Commission regulation 'not the answer to churn'

Tuesday, December 9th, 6:00AM

There are claims that changing commission models will not address concerns about churn on either side of the Tasman.


Website encourages churn

Monday, November 17th, 6:00AM

The man behind the merger of Guardian Trust and Perpetual Trust is causing waves in Australia with a site that pays commissions to customers rather than advisers, and essentially encourages churn.



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