FSA confirms 3 million payment protection insurance plans under review
The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has today confirmed that around 3 million people may well be eligible for compensation payments which could top £2 billion over the alleged mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI). So far the authorities have received in excess of 100,000 complaints regarding PPI and there are many more expected in the short to medium term.
The authorities have today issued new rules on how the flood of complaints should be handled and indeed what form and what size of compensation can be expected. This is a situation which many banks in the UK have attempted to delay and indeed a number of banks clubbed together to demand a review of the PPI ruling by the FSA. In simple terms, the FSA has introduced new rules which will come into play later in 2010 which will offer customers more information on PPI products, a cooling off period and the ability to look elsewhere for their cover.
However, there are many points of friction between the UK financial industry and the FSA over changes to PPI. Quite how these will impact upon the final ruling and future of PPI very much remains to be seen.
Aviva setback as further legal challenges materialise
Insurance giant Aviva has received a setback in its three-year battle to pay out orphan funds to shareholders, policyholders and the company itself. The original £1 billion offer from a £4.2 billion fund has since been reduced to £500 million after the fund in question fell in value to just over £1 billion. However, last week saw what many believe was the final ruling in this ongoing saga but...Read More
Royal Bank Of Scotland Eases The Pressure For Insurance Division Sale
News that the Royal bank of Scotland (RBS) has sold off a highly controversial basket of leveraged debt arrangements valued on the books at £4 billion has eased the short term need to offload the insurance division at a below market value price. The division had been expected to bring in at least £7 billion but recently this figure was downgraded to between £5 billion and £7 billion.
Christmas comes early for some Norwich Union customers
UK insurance giant Norwich Union has this evening confirmed plans to return up to £40 million of unclaimed life and pension policy assets to over 40,000 customers. The move has received widespread approval as some of these unclaimed policies date back to the 1950s. The company is currently handing back over £1 million a month to customers who have either changed address or disappeared off the ra...Read More
RBS in renewed talks to sell stake in insurance division
After the swings and roundabouts of the last few days it has now been revealed that not only will Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) be receiving a massive cash injection from the government, but it is still in talks to sell off a stake in its insurance operation. Renewed talk in the markets is suggesting the RBS is on the verge of selling a 51% stake in the business (which includes the likes of Church...Read More
Standard Life and the £100 million investment mistake
Under severe pressure from financial watchdogs and the government, Standard Life has today announced plans to compensate nearly 100,000 savers who had their investments in the company's "safe" cash fund. You would expect such a fund to invest in cash and near cash deposits although it appears that between 2004 and 2007 the fund's exposure to mortgage-backed securities was increased from 3% to a ma...Read More