There has been much agonising over the UK's social care crisis, and especially the exceptionally high cost of residential care for those with chronic conditions like dementia.
Patrick Jenkins, the FT's financial editor, thinks that current policy uncertainty offers a chance for the City to step into the breach. In particular, he believes that financiers could design "equity release" products that would enable Britons to tap into their enormous housing wealth to fund social care.
This may be easier said than done. Equity release products have in the past been supplied by insurers as a counter balance to their annuity books. But after the introduction of "pensions freedom", the sale of annuities has fallen.
A two-pipe problem, as Sherlock Holmes would have said to Dr. Watson.
it is now unclear what the government’s policy will be and at what level a cap on costs to individuals might be set. However, as the fight pans out, though, financiers reckon there is a business opportunity in helping people prepare for old age with products that release the equity in their homes.