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Can We Prevent ID Theft?

Over the last few years there has been a massive increase in the number of ID thefts occurring around the world with many people being left with significant debt by the fraudsters. Despite the fact that more and more people are now aware of ID theft it seems that many of us still believe it will never happen to us. Can we prevent ID theft?

Do Parents Really Need Life Insurance?

As the economic environment has changed in the UK, for the worse, more and more people are now looking at ways to reduce their outgoings and consolidate their financial position. One area of interest is the insurance market with many parents considering whether they actually need life insurance. So do parents really need life insurance?

Prudential Chief Executive Under Pressure

Tidjane Thiam is under growing pressure today as more and more institutional shareholders in Prudential join the call for management changes. The unrest among shareholders is related to the collapse of the USD35.5 billion bid for the Asian assets of AIG which the Prudential management committed to a few weeks ago. However, the bid collapsed earlier this month and the company has taken a £450 million hit in relation to costs and a termination penalty.

UK Parents Warned On Fronting Car Insurance For Children

The Motor Insurers Bureau has issued a very strong warning to parents in the UK who are directly involved in the insurance of their children's cars by basically fronting an insurance policy by claiming to be the main driver. While for many people this can lead to significant savings for their children it is actually a form of car insurance fraud.

Does My Car Insurance Cover Me To Drive Somebody Else's Car?

Car insurance is often a very grey area because of the different variations available and different terms and conditions which are attached to the various insurance companies in the UK. A number of people have automatically assumed that if they are insured under a comprehensive plan then they will be covered on a comprehensive basis for driving somebody else's car. However, you may need to think again!

New Ash Tax Announced For UK Travellers

There is anger today amongst UK travellers with news that British insurer Aviva will be adding £10 to the cost of travel insurance from 1 July in order to cover any costs associated with disruption caused by the ash cloud. The £10 additional cost relates to annual insurance cover for any individual although those booking single trip insurance will only be charged an additional £5.

Competition Commission Seeks To Increase PPI Availability

The Competition Commission has today issued a ruling on payment protection insurance (PPI) and its availability when acquiring personal loans, mortgages and credit cards. Initially there had been moves to ban PPI at the point-of-sale for the above financial instruments and allow customers to shop around for the best PPI option available. However, Barclays Bank took the issue to court and the Competition Commission was ordered to review its earlier findings.

Prudential Admits To Further Delays In AIG Acquisition

The reputation of the Prudential management is today in tatters with confirmation that planned stock market listings in Hong Kong and Singapore have been delayed due to concerns expressed by the Financial Services Authority [FSA] with regards to capital requirements for the enlarged group. While there are no problems with regards to Prudential itself, it is the massive changes the acquisition would trigger which are causing concern and confusion.

Quinn Insurance Announces 900 Job Losses

The administrators for Quinn Insurance have today announced 900 job losses and confirmed that the Quinn Insurance is officially now up for sale. This is the next stage in a long-running saga involving parent group Quinn Group, which is owned by one of Ireland's wealthiest businessmen, Sean Quinn. The regulators became involved with regards to Quinn Insurance a few weeks ago and effectively closed the business due to a number of alleged irregularities.

AA Travel Insurance Backtracks On Volcanic Ash Promise

AA travel insurance, an offshoot of the well-known motoring operation, has today reneged on a promise to cover the costs of travellers caught up in the volcanic ash saga. Initially the company had promised to cover additional travel and hotel expenses for customers with AA travel insurance but this promise has been withdrawn after the company's insurance underwriters refused to pay out.

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