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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

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    Q4 blip should not dampen hope of more deals in 2011


    There’s no reason why activity should not pick up, despite a disappointing end to last year

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    High street bullies


    Brokers have broken ranks and complained to the FSA that banks are playing dirty and poaching their clients in a bid to sell their own insurance services. Seems pretty clear-cut. Or is it?

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    FSA: the final judgment


    It’s almost at the end of its life, but the FSA has used the past couple of years to leave a lasting mark on the financial community. So how long will this tough era last?

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    Hunting season


    With opportunities for organic growth thin on the ground, big insurers with excess capital are on the prowl for smaller firms to snap up. The sector could be in for a feeding frenzy this year

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    Going for brokers


    As 2011 kicks off, brokers are talking big on acquisition plans. But after years of consolidation, what’s left to buy? Here’s a look at five businesses that would be on every chief exec’s wish list – whether they’re selling or not

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    The foreseeable future


    As we embark on another new year, the likes of a crystal ball would be pretty useful. But how about the next best thing? We asked a selection of the industry’s key players for their predictions for 2011

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    Left out in the cold


    The need to tighten belts is prompting a worrying number of UK households to strike insurance from their Christmas shopping lists, leaving the already vulnerable at greater financial risk. Are insurers in a position to help this lost generation, and could this be a market worth tapping?