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5,000 Advisers have taken CeRGI

The Institute of Financial Services says 5,000 advisers have now taken its Certificate in Regulated General Insurance.

The single-module qualification is modelled around the IFS’s CeMAP exam. The regulation of GI activities requires that employers have in place suitable competence and training arrangements for those carrying out regulated activities.

Mark Roberts, head of faculty financial regulation at the IFS, says: “Combining CeRGI, training and testing on processes and products specific to the individual’s tasks and suitable methods of assessing competence in the workplace can form the basis of a scheme to provide evidence of competence as required by the regulator.”


LMC dismisses rumours of financial difficulties

London Mortgage Company has hit back at rumours it is in financial difficulty, saying it is on target to make profits of 7m this year. Robert Owen, chief executive officer at LMC says he won’t comment on speculation the company is for sale but wants to stress it is going from strength to strength. He […]

Lenders should see the RMAR from a broker’s point of view

From Chris French We have just completed our RMAR. While the industry has gone in for navel-gazing and self flagellation over KFIs, little has been written about the completion by brokers and networks of the RMAR and how this process could be assisted by the product providers. A good start would be for lenders to […]

LIVE FROM JEREZ: 25% of intermediaries could disappear in two years

A quarter of intermediaries currently operating in the mortgage market could be forced out of business in the next two years if current market forecasts are to be believed.Chairing a question and answer session at Mortgage Strategy’s Mortgage Summit in Jerez, John Malone, managing director of Premier Mortgage Service says the disparity between the value […]

BM pulls the plug on 48 of its 67 branches

Birmingham Midshires has revealed that it’s set to pull the plug on 48 of its 67 branches, through a phased programme concluding in March 2006.Following completion of the closure programme, existing BM based branch customers will have the option of banking at their nearest Halifax branch, the majority of which are within 300 metres of […]

Mental health in the mainstream

By Amanda Docherty, senior marketing consultant Apart from career success, millions in the bank and, on appearance, coveted lifestyles, what else do Rio Ferdinand, Lady Gaga and Ellie Goulding all have in common? They’ve all demonstrated that the power of celebrity can sometimes have a more altruistic purpose than idle gossip. Recently we’ve seen respected […]


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