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Tesco Looks To Expand Financial Division

Tesco Bank has this week confirmed a deal with insurance giant Fortis UK which will see Tesco travel insurance transacted through the Fortis UK network. It is believed that the travel operation of Tesco Bank has around 170,000 customers each year with gross premiums estimated at around £59 million. It is unclear what kind of profit each party will take from the agreement but this would appear to be the next stage of previous agreements on motor and household insurance.

Consumers Warned About Insurance Policy Administration Fees

A survey by the Which? magazine has today highlighted administration fees being charged by some car insurance and home insurance companies which can be as high as £55 for relatively minor alterations. The report suggests that while some alterations to insurance policies, or insurance records, may see insurance underwriters themselves passing on small fees, this is not always the case.

Is It Time To Revamp Motor Insurance?

A report by Cardiff University has today hit the headlines with a suggestion last over 200 lives a year could be saved, as well as 1700 fewer serious injuries, if young drivers between the ages of 17 and 19 are restricted from driving at night. There are also calls for younger drivers to be banned from carrying young passengers with statistics showing that males under the age of 21 are 10 times more likely to die on the road than any other group of drivers and account for one third of dangerous driving prosecutions.

Equitable Life Chief Executive Urges Policyholders To Accept Compensation

Chris Wiscarson, the chief executive of Equitable Life, has today stepped into the mix with regards to the ongoing compensation claim being handled by the UK government. It is believed that customers lost in the region of £4 billion - £4.8 billion when Equitable Life was forced to renege on a number of promises on some of its investments. However, the chief executive of the Equitable Life believes that a figure of around £2 billion would be "great start" in relation to compensation.

Why Has Equitable Life Taken So Long To Sort Out?

The embers of the former financial giant in the UK, Equitable Life, have been well and truly doused but there is still much anger with regards to the 1.5 million people who were impacted by the company's inability to cover its future liabilities. The company nearly collapsed after losing a court case during which it attempted to reduce liabilities but failed. However, it is estimated that a large number of the 1.5 million people impacted by the company's inability to cover its liabilities are of pension age.

Equitable Life Back In The Headlines

Equitable Life is again back in the headlines with news that a number of pensioners who suffered enormous losses when the company effectively reneged on policy payments are to approach the UK government about an increased compensation program. The Equitable Members Action Group will write to various ministers in the coalition government to demand an increase in the rumoured £500 million compensation payment being discussed, with some estimates putting overall losses at nearer £5 billion.

Should There Be More Regulation Of The UK Insurance Market?

If there is one area of household expenses which attract controversy and complaints it has to be insurance, with car insurance one which is always to the forefront. More and more people in the UK are now claiming that despite having a clean driving licence and a no-claims bonus they continue to see significations and ongoing increases in their premiums. Should there be more regulation of the UK car insurance market especially?

Royal Bank Of Scotland On The Verge Of Direct Line Sale

Despite the fact that Royal Bank of Scotland had initially wanted to sell its Direct Line insurance division in 2012 via an IPO it is believed the company is on the verge of announcing a trade sale very soon. There is speculation that figures such as Warren Buffett, the investment guru, have already stepped forward to show their interest in what is a quality operation.

Is It Time To Review Your Car Insurance?

If there is one area of the insurance market which continues to attract the wrath of UK consumers it has to be the car insurance sector. This is an area of the insurance market where premiums constantly seem to go higher and higher with legally insured drivers also paying the price, and the cost, of those who drive on the UK roads without insurance. So is it time to review your car insurance?

Royal Bank Of Scotland To Close Half Of Its Insurance Offices

In a rather disappointing and surprise move it has been announced that Royal Bank of Scotland will be closing half of its insurance offices with Glasgow, Peterborough and Bristol earmarked for closure. This will result in well over 1000 jobs being lost amid signs that the company is looking to trim down its insurance operations, which include Churchill and Direct Line, ahead of a forced sale by the European Commission.

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