UK insurance companies take a hit
Lloyd's of London has today confirmed that a number of natural disasters as well as the BP oil rig debacle in the Gulf of Mexico have resulted in significant losses for insurers around the world. UK insurance companies have taken their fair share of multimillion pound hits over the last 12 months although many believe that ultimately an increase in regulations and the need to tighten current insurance policies could result in more business for the UK insurance sector in due course.
When you take into account the economic downturn over the last three or four years, what seems to be natural disaster after natural disaster and a number of man-made disasters, there is no doubt that the insurance sector has been under pressure. However, ultimately it is always the customer which bails out the insurance sector and this time will be no different with corporate premiums likely to increase significantly in the short to medium term.
Insurance premiums for UK consumers are also set to increase in the short to medium term, as the long-term trend continues, with car insurance one of the major issues amongst the UK public. It seems that legitimate and fully insured car drivers are paying the costs associated with uninsured drivers but is this really fair?
It is time to look at cut price health insurance?
As more and more health insurance policyholders learn of increasing premiums this year there is a feeling that the sector could go quiet in the short to medium term. However, while many in the UK are struggling to survive on a day-to-day basis there are significant concerns that health insurance could be a short-term victim of ever tighter budgets. But is there an alternative?
Could you handle a large vet bill?
While the UK has for many years been a country of pet lovers, could you handle a significant vet bill in the event that your pet needed treatment?
This is a question which many pet owners in the UK should be asking themselves and whether in fact they should be considering pet insurance plans. As with so many other areas of our financial lives it can often be easiest to ignore a pote...
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
Lloyds Bank under fire over PPI legal loophole
A financial loophole allegedly used by Lloyds Banking Group, has allowed tens of millions of pounds to be short-changed from PPI claimants.
A recent investigation revealed a little-known regulatory provision known as ‘alternative redress’ has been adopted by the bank, assuming those affected by PPI would have bought a cheaper policy instead.
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ABI Talks Tough Over Flood Insurance
As more and more UK home owners become acutely aware of the constant risk of flooding, it seem as though last years £3 billion clean up bill was too much for the insurance companies to stomach. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has come out fighting for its members with claims that more than half a million homes in the UK are at risk of flooding. The ABI is refusing to advise members to...Read More