Thought Leadership

Life and Pensions Business 2013 – What If!

Business & Finance February 2013

As we begin what will most likely be another challenging year for the life and pension industry here in Ireland, spare a though for our UK colleagues who have now entered the unchartered landscape of the post RDR world. For Independent financial advisors in downtown UK the challenge of advisor fees...

The future of financial services – Who will be the most trusted?

Irish Broker - October 2012

For almost 5 years now, since the demise of our banks and the dramatic impact on Ireland's financial services landscape, the debate has raged on the structure of the financial services industry of the future. Who will emerge as the most trusted source of financial advice for Ireland's financial consumers, remains...

First off the merry go round wins

Business & Finance May 2012

At a time of great change in this crazy world, it is perhaps opportune to take a step back and look at the industry we all contribute to and have enjoyed working in for so many years. In the ever-ending search for boasting rights on market share, we find ourselves in...

An industry in a state despite the state in the industry

Irish Broker - May 2012

Is our industry really in a state? Over the last 12 months this column has called for change in the life assurance industry, has attempted to stimulate meaningful dialogue and has proposed a series of alternatives to the existing industry model. Yet the silence from industry stakeholders has been deafening. This...

Insurance Price War

Business Plus March 2012

If your household budget is stretched, don't drop your life and protection insurance. Instead, shop around for a bargain, writes EUNAN O'CARROLL of Friends First. At a time of unprecedented economic uncertainty and continuing deterioration in consumer spending, it is interesting to assess the impact of these events on today's typical household budget....