All articles by Iona Serrapica

Iona Serrapica

Bridging the social media gap

The global life insurance industry is arguably failing to extract maximum value from social media and adoption of the medium varies considerably by geography.

Iona Serrapica examines the challenges facing life insurers in effectively using social media, the importance of a joined-up social media strategy and practical ways to execute that strategy

Future of ING’s Indian life business in question

Battery maker Exide Industries is reportedly seeking to buy out ING’s 26% stake in its Indian life insurance business.

Survey highlights value of personalised financial advice

Individuals are over 60 percent more likely to implement a financial change when there is an explicit investment recommendation, rather than general guidance, according to a study released by financial services provider TIAA-CREF.

Life insurance sector criticised for ‘over-inflating’ cover needed

The life insurance industry has been accused of ‘hugely over-inflating’ for many years the amount of cover people typically need.

Aetna to launch new iPad tool for speedier applications

US-headquartered health insurer Aetna plans to launch a mobile field enrolment tool for the iPad, which is designed for its Medicare sales agents and brokers.

Aviva launches online CPD tool

Aviva has launched an online continuing professional development (CPD) tool so advisers can achieve and maintain the level of professionalism required in the post-RDR world.

AXA Equitable appoints David Kahal for key distribution role

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company has appointed David Kahal as senior vice president of life distribution management.

ING U.S. introduces new indexed universal life product

ING U.S. has launched a new indexed universal life (IUL) product that provides death benefits coverage and cash-value accumulation potential.

Bharti AXA Life appoints CDO

Vineet Patni has reportedly been appointed chief distribution officer of Bharti AXA Life.

Retirement planning tops the reasons for life insurance

Retirement planning is viewed by consumers over 18 in the US as the top reason for obtaining life insurance, according to research from Northwestern Mutual.