Mergers and acquisitions expected in the UK insurance sector
Over the last few days the ongoing dispute between Aviva and the RSA has dominated the headlines and many people believe that the insurance industry is very much primed for a number of mergers and acquisitions in the short to medium term. Royal Bank of Scotland is already under pressure from the European Union to dispose of its Direct Line and Churchill insurance operations in the short to medium term. These operations are certain to attract the attention of insurers in the UK and while we are unlikely to see any aggressive bidding due to the economic environment there is no doubt there will be a number of parties interested.
This is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to the UK insurance sector where the Resolution Group is planning to create a business worth in excess of £10 billion. We could also see some of the major insurance companies in the UK looking to merge their operations as a means of streamlining the cost for the future and enabling them to focus on new markets and new opportunities in the medium to longer term. The markets are currently awash with rumours and counter rumours with some very interesting suggestions in the pipeline!
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EU Gender Directive: will Women pay more?
From 21 December 2012 insurers will no longer be able to use gender as a contributing factor when calculating insurance premiums. Typically, women have had access to cheaper premiums for policies such as life and car insurance, because they are considered to be lower risk. However a ruling from the European Union recently has banned insurers from using gender as a factor when calculating premiu...Read More
Is Fully Comp Cover Being Taken Away?
A quick look around the internet or a phone call to your local car insurance agent will give you the impression that Fully Comprehensive car insurance is still very much alive and kicking, but is it?
A survey by the Financial Mail has shown that slowly but surely insurance companies have been stripping away many elements of Fully Comprehensive cover that we all took for granted (and...
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Devastating floods could cost insurance industry over £100 million
The devastating floods in Cumbria and South Scotland could cost the UK insurance industry in excess of £100 million although this figure could rise significantly because the flooding has yet to subside. We have literally seen homes washed away in the flood water, vehicles left battered on the road site and indeed we have seen the unfortunate sight of casualties and fatalities during the floods....Read More