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  • News Analysis

    What brokers really think ...

    2010-10-13T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-10-06T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-09-29T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-09-22T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-09-22T00:00:00Z

    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?

    2010-09-15T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-09-08T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-09-01T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-08-25T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-08-18T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-08-11T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-08-04T00:00:00Z

    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

    2010-07-28T00:00:00Z

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

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    Broker Forum: Challenging times

    2010-07-21T00:00:00Z

    Developments in technology, sharper professional standards and the changing relationships between brokers, insurers and customers emerged as the key concerns at this year’s Insurance Times Broker Forum

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    Deals round-up: Cautious optimism for M&A results in first half of 2010

    2010-07-14T00:00:00Z

    Upward trend in deals under £40m continues with fourth consecutive rise in volumes and values

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    Cracking up

    2010-07-07T00:00:00Z

    The FSA is doomed, but its principal officers are jumping ship rather than waiting to board the new Prudential Regulation Authority. Will those that remain be distracted from crucial issues like Solvency II, or will the wounded watchdog put personal pain into its bite?

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    At your service

    2010-06-30T00:00:00Z

    Our sister magazine StrategicRISK surveyed risk managers on the service delivered by their insurers and brokers. FM Global outranked the rest of the field on the insurer side, while Heath Lambert retained the top broker spot. But the results show that its rivals are gaining ground fast

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    Ready for recovery

    2010-06-30T00:00:00Z

    Profitability went from bad to worse for most motor insurers in 2009. But EMB’s latest analysis of FSA returns, in tandem with recent industry data, shows that far from buckling under the strain of market pressures, many insurers are now starting to turn a corner

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    Leeds roundtable: In a climate of uncertainty

    2010-06-23T00:00:00Z

    With a new government in place and an emergency budget announced on Tuesday, how do brokers survive times that are both tough and uncertain? Insurance Times reports from the second AXA roundtable, where leaders from the broker-saturated Leeds market discuss how best to stand out and stay strong

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    Alive and kicking

    2010-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Now that a long flirtation with direct sales is losing its lustre, insurers are renewing their faith in brokers. In turn, brokers have reinvented themselves to win insurers back with their knowledge, experience and sound relationships with customers