Unintended consequences of Royal Commission creates an insurance ‘Perfect Storm’ for financial service advice firms

By Byron McPherson    November 8, 2018

The Royal Commission into banking and financial services misconduct has savaged the reputation of the financial advice sector. It is not just brand image that is suffering. Any firm directly involved in the provision of financial services advice to the big banks or industry superannuation funds under contract will be in for a rude surprise when their annual Professional Indemnity Insurance rolls around for renewal.

I have spent most of my career providing insurance solutions to professional people. We are currently seeing a perfect storm for financial advice firms. Virtually all the specialised insurance underwriters in this space are withdrawing their capacity or sitting on the sidelines in direct response to the intense media scrutiny of the more shocking examples of misconduct being aired at the recent Royal Commission hearings.

Fortunately, I have been able to work closely with my longstanding insurance partners and clients to help them work through this difficult period. In addition to drawing on long standing underwriter relationships, I am working with my clients to:

·         Ensure that their comprehensive renewal proposals are submitted to underwriters well in advance

·         Any additional information is put together in a well-considered manner

This helps pre-empt any concerns that may arise, during what have become delicate and rigorous renewal negotiations.

If renewing your insurance is proving a challenge, message me and I will help you find a solution.

Connect with Byron today to learn more.

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