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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

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    Captain of industry


    Admiral Group has defied a tough economy and industry woes, posting solid results and enjoying a stellar rise in share price. But as rivals question its methods and analysts probe its strategy, how long can the company stay on an even keel?

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    Acturis quarterly rates index reveals pricing squeeze


    Commercial premiums show shrinkage in commercial combined, packages and liability indices

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    Ready, aim ... FSA


    As regulators get to work on the largest brokers, consolidator chiefs bemoan the greater pressure and demand for detail in the latest inspections. But is greater scrutiny of smaller brokers the answer?

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    Breaking the bank


    The UK private motor market has taken some heavy losses during the last year, and insurers have had to adapt accordingly. But as prior-year reserves dry out, is there even more trouble ahead?

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    What brokers really think ...


    This year’ s Insurance Times Broker Service Survey took its closest look yet at insurer performance, pinning down opinion on everything from documentation wording to claims fairness. Here, we publish the rankings for the commercial lines business, which reveal some interesting insights

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    Breakfast Club: Don’t miss a trick


    The Insurance Times Breakfast Club tackled the subject of claims optimisation, with claims inflation, fraud and recovery rates falling under the spotlight

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    No more one size fits all


    With the party conference season in full swing, Insurance Times finds out what the industry’s key figures want the government to deliver. From increased flood defence spending to avoiding damaging regulatory reforms, we present insurance’s parliamentary demands

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    Manchester roundtable: Maintaining momentum


    With a major merger being proposed and more M&A activity quite likely, leading brokers from the North West debate the effect on the industry in the region, and look at how companies are standing up to consolidators as well as unrealistic expectations from clients

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    Darkest before the dawn


    Each September, the rush to place solicitors’ professional indemnity cover kicks in, but this year it’s tougher than ever. As insurers leave the market in droves and ARP numbers swell, the industry is demanding a rethink of the system

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    Will the cuts be too deep?


    Flood protection remains at the apex of many insurers’ concerns, especially after the horrors of 2007 and 2009. But how will it fare in the shadow of swingeing public sector budget cuts? And will the new environment secretary’s pledge to safeguard this year’s promised investment hold true?

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    Perfect storm


    As life expectancy rises and equity performance plummets, insurers are seeing their pension pots sucked into a black hole. Can companies overhaul final-salary schemes without incurring the wrath of their employees?

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    Sale of the century


    The rumour mill is in overdrive yet again over a possible RBSI sale as potential bidders, including Berkshire Hathaway, enter the picture. But could its painful losses resulting from the explosion in bodily injury claims have left it vulnerable to a cheeky offer from a savvy investor?

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    Split decision


    RSA’s bold bid for Aviva’s general insurance business took the market by surprise. But with the composite insurer model seemingly in decline in the UK, is Aviva just putting off the inevitable?

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    Age restrictions


    Huge motor rate hikes, coupled with insurers exiting the market, have made it harder than ever for young drivers to get affordable cover, which is fuelling a rise in ‘fronting’ and other tactics to drive down quotes. But some in the market are coming up with new ways to offer ...

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    Fair Fees: Under scrutiny


    As part of Insurance Times ’s Fair Fees campaign, we investigate concerns about how PPI mis-selling claims have fuelled increases in the FSCS levy for insurance brokers

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    Signs of life


    Tentative shoots of recovery are making slow progress in the market, but Acturis’s quarterly analysis of average premium reveals that sustainable growth is not yet fully rooted

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    Fair Fees: The campaign continues


    Insurance Times readers explain why they have backed our Fair Fees campaign in their hundreds