Lloyds bank set to disinvest stake in esure
Lloyds bank has today revealed plans to sell off its 70% stake in esure at a price which is believed to be in excess of the current book value of £185 million. It is believed that Peter Woods, co-founder and chairman of esure, is to acquire the stake via a new holding company. Those who follow the insurance market may be aware that Peter Woods, originally famed because of his Direct Line insurance creation, set up the esure business with HBOS back in 2001.
However, since HBOS became part of the Lloyds bank group there has been friction between Peter Woods and the Lloyds bank management and the sale of the Lloyds bank stake was expected by many. Esure is a well-known insurance brand in the UK and is also the owner of the infamous Sheilas Wheels brand with its array of striking adverts on the TV.
The company specialises in various niche markets and has made an excellent name for itself with profits topping £38 million in 2008. Quite what Peter Woods has in store for the future remains to be seen but he appears relieved to be on the verge of taking total control of his "baby".
Legal and General shares hit by funding concerns
A report in today's Financial Times has upset investors in Legal and General with the shares falling to a ten-year low before recovering to close nearly 9% lower. The report in the Financial Times indicated the group was in talks with the FSA regarding an additional allocation of funds required to cover potential defaults on its bond portfolio.
The company has responded to the specu...
Beware the insurance pitfalls when travelling abroad
A report by InsureandGo has highlighted significant problems in the UK travel market with many services added to the cost of your travel which ultimately you may not require. The survey revealed that around 60% of holiday companies in the UK routinely add cancellation cover to the cost of their packages even though many people may not actually require this.
It was also revealed that...
What Is An Underwriter? (Part Two)
Following on from part one of our article on underwriters, we hereby enclose details of how insurance underwriters operate.
When you take out any insurance there is always a risk that you will use the insurance to claim for a loss of some kind, whether it is the cost of refurbishing a home after a fire, a car accident, or any other form of financ...
Car insurance set to rocket in 2009
With news that car insurance premiums rose by 11% in 2008 the AA has put drivers on red alert for a similar rise in 2009. There would appear to be a number of issues which have come into play over the last 12 months and which could continue for some time to come. The average annual premium for comprehensive car insurance increased by 1.3% in the first three months of 2009 and now stands at just ov...Read More
Life insurance shortfall revealed by Post Office
Around 75 per cent of people do not have life insurance, the Post Office said today.The organisation also released figures showing that the average Briton owns assets of £350,000 - around twice the level of the typical life insurance policy.When people who had not taken out the cover were asked why, one quarter said they could not afford it, while a further 18 per cent said that they did not thin...Read More