Aviva rejects approach from RSA
It has today been revealed by Sky news that UK insurance companies Aviva and RSA have been in communication regarding a potential sale of the Aviva general insurance division. It is believed that RSA made an offer of around £5 billion for the operation which was immediately rebuffed by Aviva. It is not clear why the approach was not publicised at the time, reported to have been last month, but the news has most certainly shaken up the UK insurance sector.
While there has been no further communication between the two parties since the initial approach it is believed that RSA may well come back with a higher offer which Aviva may well have to consider "in public". There have been many rumours and counter rumours within the UK insurance sector for some time now and many believe it is inevitable there will be an exchange of assets between various UK operations. Indeed the Prudential was itself recently the subject of takeover rumours after the company's failed bid for AIG's Far East operation.
At a time when takeovers and mergers in the UK are few and far between, all eyes will be on the insurance sector awaiting further news and further developments.
Private medical insurance popularity grows
According to figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the number of people taking out Private Medical Insurance (PMI) has risen year-on-year for the first time in recent years.In 2006, 1,030,000 individuals took out personal PMI policies, up 1.8 per cent from the 1,012,000 personal PMI policies in 2005.The number of businesses taking out corporate PMI has increased even more than t...Read More
Christmas comes early for some Norwich Union customers
UK insurance giant Norwich Union has this evening confirmed plans to return up to £40 million of unclaimed life and pension policy assets to over 40,000 customers. The move has received widespread approval as some of these unclaimed policies date back to the 1950s. The company is currently handing back over £1 million a month to customers who have either changed address or disappeared off the ra...Read More
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 compensat...Read More
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...Read More
Travellers urged to study insurance cover
Britons should familiarise themselves with the terms of their travel insurance or risk serious financial consequences, it has been claimed. A new study from MoneyExpert found that 12 per cent of people do not know what travel insurance covers. This could potentially lead them to missing out on claiming or worse may result in them being underinsured in the event of a serious accident. The widesprea...Read More