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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?

  • Weapons
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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?

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    Strong arm tactics?


    With its new charging structure and GRIP technology platform, Aon is seen by many as the bully boy of the market – but isn’t it simply a case of a broker flexing its muscles to get a bit more out of a tough climate?

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    The monster PPO claims are coming …


    The little man trying in vain to battle the unstoppable monster is a staple of the horror movie genre. But insurers could be about to face their own nightmare: claims inflation

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    Who do they think they are?


    The BBC did Boris Johnson and Stephen Fry. Now, Insurance Times delves into the roots of today’s insurance giants