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    What a year that was

    2009-10-14T00:00:00Z

    When Mark Cliff joined Fortis UK, its parent company was in danger of collapse and rumours of a buy-out were rife. Since then, the company has staged an impressive comeback and, 12 months later, the managing director is quietly confident about the next exciting chapter

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    Relocation, relocation

    2009-10-14T00:00:00Z

    As an ABI report reveals insurers’ mounting discontent with the UK tax regime, we talk to four top managers about the pros and cons of avoiding it by moving away from home

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    Corridors of power

    2009-10-07T00:00:00Z

    The Irish ‘yes’ to the Lisbon Treaty has taken us a big step closer to a united Europe. But is this good news for the insurance industry? We unravel Europe’s legislative maze

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    Is this the right way forward?

    2009-09-30T00:00:00Z

    High on enthusiasm, low on policy detail, shadow ministers have left plenty of questions unanswered. Insurance Times tries to pin down what a Conservative government would mean for insurers

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    Hiscox top for broker service

    2009-09-30T00:00:00Z

    The Insurance Times Broker Service Survey 2009 asked brokers to rate insurers on criteria including quality of cover, and speed and fairness of claims handling. Here, we publish the rankings for the commercial lines business only, and there are some surprises ...

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    Have things got better yet?

    2009-09-23T00:00:00Z

    As the politicians set out their stalls for the party conference season, Insurance Times asks what they have to offer the insurance industry. Our survey of the main parties opens with a long, hard look at ruling Labour’s record

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    A time to kill

    2009-09-16T00:00:00Z

    As news hit of the demise of HSBC’s motor insurance arm, the market was left to wonder how this vast, global bank could allow its insurer business to fail despite two serious takeover bids. Insurance Times pieces together the real story behind the headlines

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    One hell of a ride

    2009-09-09T00:00:00Z

    Annus horribilis doesn’t really come close to summing up the year that AIG UK boss Lex Baugh has had to contend with, following its parent group’s liquidity crisis and subsequent bailout in 2008. With the worst now over, he looks back at the low points and at what’s ahead for ...

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    Guilty: The FSA on trial

    2009-09-02T00:00:00Z

    Labour wants to overhaul it; Tory leader David Cameron says he will scrap it. Many members of the public hold it responsible for the biggest financial crisis in a generation. But what does the broking sector make of the FSA? Insurance Times gathered a panel of industry experts together to put the

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    The big squeeze

    2009-08-26T00:00:00Z

    With the recession pushing insurers to tighten up on claims payouts, out-of-pocket clients are setting their sights on the brokers, whose professional indemnity claims will likely push up premiums. So how best to deal with this double assault?

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    In a spin

    2009-08-19T00:00:00Z

    The aftermath of the financial crisis coupled with ever increasing life expectancy has put some of the UK’s biggest pension pots into freefall. With total deficits hitting around £2bn at RBS and £613m at Aviva, what are insurance firms doing to plug the hole?

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    Shop tactics

    2009-08-12T00:00:00Z

    Procurement specialists are becoming all-powerful in many businesses, including insurance, where their role in the selection of brokers is expanding. But is their use good practice or simply another layer of bureaucracy?

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    Green shoots

    2009-08-05T00:00:00Z

    Exclusive research from software house Acturis reveals, at last, some encouraging indicators of growth in the commercial lines market

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    In at the deep end

    2009-07-29T00:00:00Z

    Is Munich Re trying to take over the UK insurance market? You’d be forgiven for thinking so as the tentacles of this insurance behemoth spread ever further

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    Trade Credit Special: Help is at hand

    2009-07-22T00:00:00Z

    The government says it is not blind to the immense pressures facing trade credit insurance firms. Exclusively for Insurance Times, Lord Mandelson outlines the initiatives that have been set up to assist

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    Trade Credit Special: The goliath stands tall amid losses and client collapses

    2009-07-22T00:00:00Z

    Fabrice Desnos, UK and Ireland chief executive, Euler Hermes

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    It’s (still) a man’s world

    2009-07-15T00:00:00Z

    Or is it? It depends who you talk to. Some high-profile women say the barriers are down: it’s what you know that counts. Others tell Muireann Bolger that little has changed; most women still face a battle to get to the top

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    On the skids

    2009-07-01T00:00:00Z

    All of the top private motor insurers made underwriting losses last year and, according to the latest EMB analysis, things are expected to get worse during 2009. Companies will have to adapt to new market conditions because they cannot rely on their reserves as in previous years, says Naeem Ali ...

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    The end of light-touch regulation

    2009-06-24T00:00:00Z

    The fallout from the credit crunch will see financial institutions under much stricter controls from governments and regulators as they aim to prevent such failures happening again. However, will insurers be bundled up with the banks and have their hands unfairly tied as a result

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    Where now for RBSI?

    2009-06-17T00:00:00Z

    What are we to make of it: RBSI on then off the market, four top NIG job moves in as many months, Direct Line branching out into commercial lines… Saxon East spells out the challenges facing incoming boss Paul Geddes