ADDED FUNCTIONALITY MEANS CUSTOMERS NOW HAVE ACCESS TO MORE INFORMATION
Intermediary networks and providers are continuing to add functionality to their websites as the drive to cut costs through the use of technology continues.
Scottish Life International has incorporated a number of additional services into its intermediary-only extranet service, sli-central.com.
Users will now be able to obtain more detailed contract valuations for Scottish Life International Investment Portfolios and International Secure Investment Portfolios. Intermediaries will now be able to print, on demand, valuation statements in the same format as the current annual statements.
In addition, weekly valuation feeds will be available from Scottish Life International's external fund managers for its protected investment management service and international protected investment management service capital-protected products.
This is in addition to existing functionality that enables intermediaries to view their full client case list with Scottish Life International and view individual clients' contract details, including current fund values. Clients' investments with the group can also be switched online, en masse or individually.
Kelly Paterson, e-commerce analyst at Scottish Life International, said: 'We are not finished yet and are committed to further enhancement to our online services for intermediary clients, adding new functions and services on a regular basis.'
Inter-Alliance, the intermediary advisory group, is also adding to its complement of online features. The group has launched a web-based annuity calculator, produced in association with www.askannuity.com, an online annuity database.
Intermediaries can enter their client's details, including annuity size, guarantee, escalation and single or joint pension and spouse's pension, into the calculator to find the best deal available from a range of providers, including Prudential, Norwich Union and Standard Life.
Billy Burrows, managing director of askannuity.com, said: 'For a lot of people, buying an annuity is one of the most important financial decisions they will ever make. The annuity tables on the website allow people to compare the different options and to find the best annuity rates.'
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