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Friday Five – 27 April – 5 Questions in 5 Minutes

Friday Five – 27 April – 5 Questions in 5 Minutes

Welcome to this week’s Friday Five – 5 Questions in 5 Minutes Every Friday

What’s this all about?

It’s a bit of Friday Fun where we provide you with 5 questions relevant to a mix of CII exams. The challenge is for you to answer them in 5 minutes. Answers at the bottom of the page.


IMPORTANT!  These questions relate to examinable tax year 2017/18, examinable by the CII until 31 August 2018.  They do not relate to tax year 2018/19 which is only examinable by the CII from 1 September 2018.

  1. Under the ‘lighter touch’ regime for Stakeholder products what advice would a client NOT be able to receive from a basic adviser?
    1. Minimum investment limits
    2. Cancellation rights
    3. Fund suitability
    4. Product charges
  1. Which one of these terms describes how a gilt could be classified based on its time until redemption?
    1. Mid term
    2. Undated
    3. Index-linked
    4. Average term
  1. Lisa has recently made a £100,000 gain on selling her buy to let home. She is now considering whether to reinvest this in an Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). Which of the following would be a benefit to Lisa of doing this?
    1. She can defer the original gain until she disposes of the EIS shares
    2. 50% of the original gain will be exempt from tax
    3. Any subsequent gain would be taxed at a lower rate on disposal
    4. This will reduce the base cost of the EIS shares by the original gain
  1. Karen has a combined life assurance and critical illness policy. What will happen to the sum assured on death if she makes a claim on the diagnosis of a critical illness?
    1. It will continue at the original amount for a maximum of five years
    2. It will continue at half the original amount
    3. It will only continue to exist if Karen survives for a minimum of two years
    4. It will not exist as the policy has paid out an accelerated death payment
  1. Darcey is a member of a defined benefit scheme. She would like to transfer her benefits of £60,000 to a money purchase scheme to take advantage of pension flexibility. Before she can do this, she must:
    1. wait until her benefits are valued at more than £100,000.
    2. receive independent advice from an FCA-authorised adviser.
    3. take the 25% tax free lump sum.
    4. wait until she has been a member of the scheme for 3 years.



  1. C – See R01 Study Text, Chp 7
    Grab our taster mock exam paper for CII R01. Click here to download.


  1. B – See R02 Study Text, Chp 1:1
    Grab our taster mock exam paper for CII R02. Click here to download.


  1. A – See R03 Study Text, Chp 3
    Grab our taster mock exam paper for CII R03. Click here to download.


  1. D – See R05 Study Text, Chp 7
    Grab our taster mock exam paper for CII R05. Click here to download.


  1. B – See R08 Study Text, Chp 3
    Grab our taster mock exam paper for CII R08. Click here to download.


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