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?
PPI removed from financial sector as of today
Payment Protection Insurance (PPI), the controversial insurance which has proved very lucrative for many financial institutions throughout the UK is today banned from sale in the country. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) recently acted upon the advice of a prominent report into PPI and the problems related to this particular investment vehicle.
In essence, the vast majority of...
Equitable Life competition scheme condemned
The Parliamentary Ombudsman has today issued a damning indictment of the U.K.'s proposed £400 million payout to Equitable Life suffers, many of whom lost their life savings during the company's near collapse back in 2000. The £400 million compensation scheme, yet to be rubberstamped by the government, equates to just £266 per policyholder despite the fact that a recent report suggested losses f...Read More
UK banks challenge PPI rules
The UK banking community, backed by the British Bankers Association, has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of the PPI rules, which were set to come in on 1 December. These are rules produced by the FSA (Financial Services Authority) in relation to payment protection insurance and more importantly an industry wide review of past arrangements even if there has been no complaint from th...Read More
Is It Time To Ditch Private Healthcare?
As money becomes ever tighter more and more people are looking at ways to cut their costs and reduce their monthly outgoings. One such area which is catching the attention of many is health insurance, something which is very useful to have, but has no real value until you actually need it. So are people right to consider cancelling their health insurance plans?
In many ways this i...
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