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  • Matt Scott, Insurance Times
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    Daily briefing: Time is running out for CPP


    Another deadline passes and the troubled insurer still has no agreement on its future, but will they be able to reach a deal to avoid administration?

  • Matt Scott, Insurance Times
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    Daily briefing: Brokers ushered under the complaints spotlight


    Eiopa consults on guidelines for brokers’ compaint-handling procedures, but are they simply a set of common sense rules?

  • Stuart Reid, Bluefin
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    Bluefin and Jelf join 2013 acquisitions race


    Brokers become third and fourth consolidators to be linked to M A in past week

  • David Ross, Gallagher UK
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    Gallagher picked up struggling Oxygen’s assets for £1.8m – accounts


    Gallagher, Bridge and Beaumont swooped for Oxygen’s assets

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    How did they get away with it?


    The shady dealings of brokers Ideal Insurance forced at least one customer into near bankruptcy, but the most startling twist in the tale is the FSA’s inability to act on tip-offs about the firm for over a year, and the ease with which a broker with a prison record could ...

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    The luck of the Irish?


    The collapse 12 months ago of Quinn sent shudders through the British and Irish insurance sectors. But, as the fate of the beleaguered firm remains uncertain, it seems brokers and insurers have escaped relatively unscathed

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    Life after the gender ruling


    With the ECJ gender ruling now set in stone, insurers will be looking for new ways to target the coveted female driver. But if they are forced to price all young drivers equally, both young men and women will be hit hard as insurers look to make a sharp exit ...

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    Double or nothing


    Taxpayer-subsidised NIG has been accused of recklessly undercutting its rivals with a controversial guarantee to beat the prices of 15 rival insurers. Critics warn that such tactics not only hurt insurers’ bottom line, but prolong a soft market for all

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    Chasing Chaucer


    With its combination of strong assets and low running costs, the Lloyd’s insurer has been pursued by everybody from Brit to Vladimir Putin. Now Guy Hands’ Terra Firma looks set to pounce

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    Fair Fees: The big squeeze


    General insurance brokers are being rinsed for funds to compensate for the staggering rise in customer complaints about mis-sold payment protection insurance, and it doesn’t look like the FSA is likely to solve the problem any time soon