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  • The FSCS's proposed levy hike for 2010/11
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    For FSCS sake

    2010-03-10T00:00:00Z

    The recession has put a lot of pressure on insurance brokers, and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme is about to pile on a whole lot more. With some firms citing levy increases of around 600%, it’s time to say ‘enough is enough’

  • Warren Buffett
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    The great investor

    2010-03-03T00:00:00Z

    Despite turning 80 later this year, Warren Buffett has no intention of slowing down if his recent stake in Munich Re is anything to go by. Here, we look at Buffett’s sprawling business empire, and where he may go next

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    Bargain hunt

    2010-02-17T00:00:00Z

    As the market pulls itself together again, the mood is switching back to mergers and acquisitions. But while prices have come tumbling down since 2006/07, it’s likely to be a less frenetic picture this time around

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    One man’s fight against the FSA

    2010-02-10T00:00:00Z

    Stephen Allen went straight to the FSA when he found there was a serious shortfall in his firm’s client account. So how come the authority later banned him for failing in his duties as a director?

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    Breaking through

    2010-02-03T00:00:00Z

    The past two years of economic turmoil have damaged leading insurers, and their GWP – and, for some, their place in the ranks of the top 10 – has tumbled. Now, as the UK stutters towards recovery, they’re having to watch their flanks as a new battalion moves in on ...

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    Broking on a budget

    2010-01-27T00:00:00Z

    Far from being able to raise rates, insurers are currently faced with a client base that is shopping smarter – demanding competitive premiums and even cutting back on cover. In these belt-tightening times, insurers and brokers must accept that every little helps

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    Taking no prisoners

    2010-01-20T00:00:00Z

    The much-anticipated Jackson Review is in, and not everyone is happy. Cracking down on legal expenses firms and the claims farmers he calls ‘abhorrent’, Lord Jackson is here to whip personal injury litigation into shape

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    Condition stable

    2010-01-13T00:00:00Z

    Acturis analysis of the commercial lines market in 2009 reveals that the struggling economy cancelled out the effects of rate increases and, overall, the market remained soft

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    Getting over it

    2010-01-06T00:00:00Z

    2009 was a painful year, with recession, flattened rates and dwindling reserves causing a headache for the insurance sector. But the new year brings hope of a recovery, and so we asked members of our elite group of industry leaders, who make up the Insurance Times Power Network, to give ...

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    State of play

    2009-12-17T00:00:00Z

    As the UK plunged into recession and attempted to pull itself out again, the insurance world experienced similarly tumultuous ups and downs this year. We take a look back at the final 12 months of the noughties

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    Going nuclear

    2009-12-09T00:00:00Z

    With ten new nuclear reactors on the UK horizon, the race is on to more than double insurance capacity to cover them. The taxpayer will not be happy if the government is forced to step in

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    Winds of change

    2009-12-09T00:00:00Z

    The world’s leaders are in Copenhagen this week to discuss climate change and, potentially, set new targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We asked four insurance figures for their hopes for the UN summit, and to spell out how they can contribute to the battle against carbon

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    Feeling bullish

    2009-12-02T00:00:00Z

    Brokers are beginning to see the potential for growth that a stock market listing can bring, provided you already have the required muscle, both in your management team and your balance sheet. Could it be time to take the bull by the horns and go public?

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    Tax havens no longer the answer

    2009-11-25T12:00:00Z

    But low tax domiciles can benefit

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    Jelf at the crossroads

    2009-11-18T00:00:00Z

    During the peak years, Jelf carved out a path as a big-name consolidator. But post-recession, deferred payments on its acquisitions are stacking up and backer 3i is edging for the door. The pressure is on boss Alex Alway to make a transformational deal

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    Brilliant minds

    2009-11-18T00:00:00Z

    Insurers may be aware of the changes that Solvency II will bring, but do they have the experts in place to ensure compliance? Actuaries are in high demand, and whether insurers scramble to recruit now or stall in the hope that the rush will die down, this one’s going to ...

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    Changing course

    2009-11-11T00:00:00Z

    After a year of tragic airline disasters, coupled with a nosedive in profits, airlines are seriously tightening the purse strings. So, in the midst of the busiest renewal season for years, one broker is attempting to break open the closed world of the aviation industry

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    Time for a turnaround

    2009-11-04T00:00:00Z

    Software house Acturis offers promising news as average premiums continue to increase in the commercial lines market

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    Don’t get your fingers burnt

    2009-11-04T00:00:00Z

    November is the cruellest month for some insurers, as fireworks and bonfires fuel their fears over the yearly rise in commercial fire damage. Little wonder when last year fires cost £3.4m per day in the UK. We look at why people commit arson and how insurers can raise the detection ...

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    The clock is ticking

    2009-10-22T00:00:00Z

    Healthcare reform has aroused fierce debate in Congress and in the US press, but what of the UK’s situation? A creaking NHS, coupled with an ageing population, demands change sooner rather than later. The insurance industry could be well placed to step in, but finding a balance of affordability and ...