Terms of Business
Terms of Business – One Quote Financial Brokers Ltd t/a One Quote, 11 James’s Terrace, Malahide, Co Dublin Tel: 01 845 0049
Email: [email protected]
The following terms of business agreement outline the terms and conditions on which we will provide services to you. It is important that you read this document carefully. These Terms of Business set out the general terms under which our firm will provide business services to you and the respective duties and responsibilities of both the firm and you in relation to such services.
Please ensure that you read these terms thoroughly and if you have any queries we will be happy to clarify them. If any material changes are made to these terms we will update this page and we will notify you.
One Quote Financial Brokers provide trusted financial advice based on best value market comparison with minimum protection premiums and investment product charges. We conduct fact-finds, financial reviews, and investment risk assessments as appropriate and to match client needs.
1. Authorisation with the Central Bank of Ireland
One Quote Financial Brokers Ltd, trading as One Quote is registered with the Central Bank as an Insurance Intermediary under the European Communities (Insurance Mediation) Regulations, 2005. Copies of our regulatory authorisations are available on request. The Central Bank of Ireland holds registers of regulated firms. You may contact the Central Bank of Ireland on 1890 777 777 or alternatively visit their website at www.centralbank.ie to verify our credentials.
2. Codes of Conduct
One Quote Financial Brokers Ltd is subject to the Consumer Protection Code, Minimum Competency Code and Fitness & Probity Standards which offer protection to consumers. These Codes can be found on the Central Bank’s website: www.centralbank.ie.
3. Our Services
As a regulated financial broker, our principal business is to provide advice and arrange transactions on behalf of clients resident in the Republic of Ireland in relation to Life & Pensions and Investment products.
To your advantage and unlike other financial brokers, we not only compare the market for the most suited personal solutions but, offer you full-term discounts on all direct priced protection (life insurance products), together with reduced provider charges on all pension & investment plans recommended.
In choosing to use our free online market comparison quotation services, you agree to us contacting you via email to verify your quote and provide product details, as well as to us contacting you by telephone to discuss the suitability of your quote.
- Mortgage Protection
- Life Assurance
- Specified Serious Illness Cover
- Income Protection
- Inheritance Tax Insurance Provision
- Business Protection – (Key Person, Co-Directors and Partnership Insurance).
Insurance Based Investments
- Investment Bonds
- Childrens Regular Savings Plans
- Executive Pensions
- Personal Pensions
- Pensions Bonds
- Approved Retirement Funds – AMFR’S & ARF’s
- PRSA Group Schemes
- Occupational Group Pension Schemes
Life Insurance company agencies held at present include:
- Irish Life
- New Ireland
- Royal London
- Zurich Life
4. Financial Broker Remuneration
One Quote Financial Brokers Limited may receive remuneration by way of commission from the life insurance companies/ product producers with whom we place protection (life insurance products), pension, and investment business on your behalf.
Post Application – Cancellation Fee
A direct fee will be charged for early protection application cancellation including post-acceptance terms, where the commission is clawed back from us, or for the provision of our time, services, and expertise which will not otherwise be rewarded. For full details please visit our remuneration breakdown.
5. Fair & Personal Analysis
The concept of fair analysis is derived from the Insurance Mediation Directive. It describes the extent of the choice of products and providers offered by an intermediary, within a particular category of life assurance, or a specialist area. The number of contracts and providers considered must be sufficiently large to enable an intermediary to recommend a product that would be adequate to meet a client’s needs.
The number of providers that constitutes ‘sufficiently large’ will vary depending on the number of providers operating in the market for a particular product or service and their relative importance in and share of that market. The extent of fair analysis must be such that it could be reasonably expected of a professional conducting business, taking into account the accessibility of information and product placement to intermediaries and the cost of the search.
In order to ensure that the number of contracts and provider is sufficiently large to constitute a fair and personal analysis of the market, we will consider the following criteria:
- The needs of the customer;
- The number of providers in the market that deal with brokers;
- The market shares of each of those providers;
- The number of relevant products available from each provider;
- The availability of information about the products;
- The quality of the product and service provided by the provider.
We will provide assistance to you for any queries you may have in relation to the policies and at the point of sale or in the event of a claim during the life of your policy, we will explain to you the various conditions and any exclusions or restrictions that may be attached to your policy.
Protection Against Illness
Specifically, on the subject of Income Protection policies we will explain to you; (a) the meaning of disability as defined in the policy; (b) the benefits available under the policy; (c) the general exclusions that apply to the policy; and (d) the reductions applied to the benefit where there are disability payments from other sources.
For a Specified Serious Illness Cover policy, we will explain clearly to you any restrictions, conditions and general exclusions that attach to that policy and the importance of full and true disclosure at the point of any existing health conditions you may already have.
However, it is your responsibility to read the policy documents, literature, and brochures to ensure that you understand the nature of the policy cover; particularly in relation to Income Protection and Serious Illness Cover policies.
Sustainability Factors – (ESG) Investment/ARF/Pension Advice
When providing advice, the firm considers the adverse impact of investment decisions on sustainability. As part of our research and assessment of products, the firm will examine the Product Provider literature to compare financial products and to make informed investment decisions about ESG products. The firm will at all times act in the client’s best interests and keep clients informed accordingly. The consideration of sustainability risks can impact the returns of financial products.
When assessing all insurance-based investment products, we will consider the different approach taken by product providers in terms of them integrating sustainability risks into their product offering. This will form part of our analysis for choosing a product provider.
6. Protection Quotations
All protection site discounted quotations (Mortgage Protection, Life Insurance, Serious Illness Cover, Income Protection) are valid for a minimum period of 30 days but may change due to the occurrence of a birthday, prior to the starting date.
Quotations for life insurance including serious illness cover and income protection insurance are indicative based on standard health rates and full policy term discounts. All quotations are subject to health underwriting and acceptance by the insurer concerned upon receipt of proposal forms and relevant documentation, including full application disclosure.
Please note full disclosure of all material facts should be made including medical history and claims. Failure to disclose all relevant information could result in your policy being canceLled claims not being paid, difficulty in getting insurance elsewhere.
You can complete your application form online once you have a PDF reader, you can also print sign, and scan the declaration pages and direct debit mandates, or using a digital signature.
The offer of the first month free where applicable is subject to the insurer in question maintaining their free month offer and in accordance with their own company terms. Where free cover applies through Royal London your policy must issue within 30 days of application. Aviva policies you will be on free coverage for the first month from your chosen policy start date. For Zurich Life, the free cover period runs from the policy issue date to the first direct debit date. Zurich policies with a start date of the 1st of the subsequent month can enjoy free cover from the policy issue date, right up to the 15th of the following month. Currently, Irish Life nor New Ireland allows a free cover period.
One Quote Financial Brokers Ltd, reserve the right to amend our discounted percentage levels as they apply to market conditions at any time. Written proof must be provided of a cheaper like for like quote, for any additional discount to apply.
7. Regular Life Insurance Review
It is in your interest that you review, on a regular basis, the products which we have arranged for you. As your circumstances change, your needs will change. You must advise us of those changes and request a review of the relevant policy so that we can ensure that you are provided with up-to-date advice and products best suited to your needs. Failure to contact us in relation to changes to your circumstances or failure to request a review may result in you having insufficient insurance cover.
8. Regular Investment Product Review
We will provide annual assessments of the suitability of the insurance-based investment product which we have recommended to you. You will be personally assessed with regard to your attitude to investment risk on each and any lump sum investment or pension investment we arrange, but should your circumstances or risk attitude change you may also contact us anytime to discuss a free fund switch.
9. Existing Policy Cancellation
Should a client wish to cancel any existing pension or investment policy at any time post the initial 30-day cooling-off period, early encashment fees may be imposed by the product provider as outlined in the policy conditions provided. In the case of a protection policy including Mortgage Protection, Life Insurance, Serious Illness Cover, and Income Protection no provider fee will be imposed by the product provider, but a flat charge of €50.00 will be payable to One Quote.
We are not responsible for cancelling any policies held outside our agency for which you are choosing to replace. Remember never to cancel your existing protection policy until it has been confirmed that your new policy is on cover.
10. Rights of Early Cancellation
You have the right to withdrawal from your life, pension, or investment contract within 30 from your policy inception date. To withdraw within this time written instruction from one or other policyholder must be sent to One Quote via letter or email. Any monies paid to the product provider/insurer will be then refunded accordingly and no cancellation fee will apply.
11. Conflicts of Interest
It is the policy of One Quote Financial Brokers Ltd t/a One Quote to avoid a conflict of interest when providing services to clients. Where an unavoidable conflict arises we will advise you of this in writing before providing any business services. If you have not been made aware of any such conflict you may assume that none arises.
12. Default Remedies
Product providers are entitled to withdraw benefit or cover on default of any payments due under any products arranged for your benefit. It is therefore critical to the guaranteed continuance of your insurance that your premium is paid in full. Some insurers may include as a term of the insurance a settlement due date or in some cases a warranty under the terms of which the premium must be paid to them by a certain date. We inform our clients of such requirements and the relevant date in good time to allow the payment terms to be met.
Failure to comply with the terms of the warranty may mean that the insurer’s obligation under the policy will be terminated. We will automatically advise you of any payments outstanding on your policy and the consequences of failure to pay premiums. An outline of the action and remedies which the relevant product producers may take in the event of default by a client is included in the product producer’s policy document.
13. Investors Compensation Scheme
One Quote is a member of the Investor Compensation Company Ltd (ICCL) Scheme established under the Investor Compensation Act, 1998 (as amended) (the “Act”). A right to compensation will only arise where money or investment instruments held by us on your behalf cannot be returned either for the time being or for the foreseeable future and where you fall within the definition of an eligible investor as contained in the Act. In the event that a right to compensation is established, the amount payable is the lesser of 90% of your loss, which is recognised as being eligible for compensation, or €20,000.
We will use your personal information only for the purpose for which you provide it. All such information will be held in accordance with the Data Protection Acts. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that persons employed by us are aware of and comply with such legislation. We would like to be able to contact you by way of telephone, letter or email, in relation to any products which we might consider to be of interest to you. If you do not wish us to provide you with details of possible additional products, please let us know.
15. Complaints Procedure
If you would like to talk to us about how we could improve our service, or if you are unhappy with the service you are receiving, please let us know by telephoning or writing to us. Any complaints will be responded to in writing. We will carefully consider any complaint as soon as we receive it and do all we can to explain the position to you. If we do not answer your complaint to your satisfaction, you may, of course, take up the matter with the Financial Services Ombudsman or the Pensions Ombudsman. We will respond to any compliant within 5 working days in writing.
16. Data Protection
We are subject to the requirements of the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003. The data which you provide to us will be held on a computer database and or paper files for the purpose of arranging transactions on your behalf. The data will be processed only in ways compatible with the purposes for which it was given.
Terms of Business
In proceeding to transact business, you have acknowledged that you have been provided with a copy of the Terms of Business of One Financial Brokers Ltd t/a One Quote and confirm that you have read, accept and understand them.