New research(1) from Specialists4Protection.co.uk, a new specialist life and protection advisory firm, reveals that 72% of IFAs believe there is a growing threat of people not having enough life insurance and critical illness cover because fewer intermediaries are selling it.
Since 2011, 8% of IFAs say they have stopped selling life insurance to their clients, and a further 3% plan to do this within the next 12 months. Another 5% intend to stop selling this at some stage in the future. The corresponding figures for critical illness cover are 8%, 5% and 11% respectively.
The main reason given by IFAs for stopping selling these policies is that they want to focus more on selling investment products as this is more effective at enabling them to strengthen their relationship with clients. 19% said they stopped because there was not enough money to be made from selling it.
Paul Litster, Managing Director, Specialists4Protection.co.uk said: “The intermediary market is responsible for a huge level of sales of life and critical illness cover, but as fewer intermediaries are selling this, the problem of people having no cover here or inadequate insurance increases.
“With 42% of people with life insurance claiming that they only have life insurance to cover up to two years of their salary for example(2), this is already a huge problem and I fear it will only get worse as access to professional advise dwindles.”
Specialists4Protection.co.uk has a dedicated team of trained advisers who are passionate about finding the right cover for their customers. The company’s independence allows it to recommend the best insurance products from leading insurers who can provide cover for all requirements.
Those individuals or SMEs interested in talking to Specialists4Protection.co.uk about key man insurance or life, critical illness and health insurance, can call 01243 219190, or visit the company website at specialists4protection.co.uk.