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?
Insurance companies set to increase premiums across the board
As we have covered on a number of occasions, many insurance companies have "sneaked in" premium increases over the last few weeks when their sector has been overshadowed by that of the banking and mortgage industry. This constant increase in premiums has gone largely unnoticed but over the next six months, as UK consumers look to renew their policies, they will become all too evident.
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Profits slip for Friends Provident
Life assurance firm Friends Provident has announced a three per cent drop in pre-tax profits which could impact upon its 2008 target.The firm saw profits slump from £524 million in 2005 to last year's £509 million, despite new business profit growth in the UK reaching close to 70 per cent.However due to the "challenging protection market" the London-based insurer operates in, the firm warned tha...Read More
Uninsured Drivers On The Rise
The subject of car insurance is always guaranteed to cause a great deal of upset amongst UK drivers with premiums seemingly increasing every year. However, with the credit crunch continuing to hit home there has been a marked increase in the number of drivers without valid insurance. Money is tight but there is no excuse - so why do people do it?
When you consider that the average...
What Is An Underwriter? (Part One)
Underwriters are very common in investment markets especially stock markets and insurance markets although the specific role of the two does differ. In affect an underwriter will take some of the risk from a share issue or other financial transaction in return for a commission (payment).
Stock Market Underwriter
When a company is looking to raise funds for expansio...