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Motor premiums have already started to fall: Fitch

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:29:47 +0100

Insurers have already started to reduce motor premiums ahead of the government’s proposed whiplash and discount rate reforms.

Blog: Time to talk about psychological rehab 

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Insurers must embrace psychological rehabilitation in the same way that they have physical, explains Jonny Cook, founder and chairman of Corporé.

Insurance data could have been used in Leave campaign, claims whistleblower

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:49:48 +0100

A witness to the parliamentary Fake News Inquiry has raised questions over the use of insurance data in the Leave.EU campaign.

Analysis: Leisure market - At your leisure

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Brexit may raise the prospect of more expensive holidays abroad and longer waits at borders. If fewer European city breaks beckon, could there also be an upside in spending more time in England’s green and pleasant land?

Ghost broker jailed after making £321,000 of false car insurance claims

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:56:36 +0100

A ghost broker who used victims’ details to make £321,000 of false car insurance claims has been jailed.

Government introduces rules to curb bogus holiday sickness claims

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:42:49 +0100

Government has given the go-ahead on new rules that will help clamp down on bogus holiday sickness claims.

Biba’s Steve White on why a transitional agreement is only the tip of the Brexit iceberg

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

News of a post-Brexit transitional agreement is a welcome one, writes Steve White, CEO of the British Insurance Brokers’ Association, however brokers must be wary that the hard work is still yet to come.

Jelf buys Scottish broker Clark Thomson

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:21:36 +0100

Broker Jelf is to acquire Clark Thomson, Scotland’s largest independent insurance broker.

Analysis: Takaful, all promise and little delivery

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:29:02 +0100

With more than three million Muslims in the UK, there has long been a feeling that sharia-compliant insurance products should find a market but the reality has proved the opposite. So far, every attempt to establish a takaful insurer in the UK domestic market has failed.

British Insurance Awards: 2018 shortlist revealed

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:58:00 +0100

C'mon everybody, it is shortlist time!

Allianz partners with car sharing platform Drivy

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 10:11:35 +0100

Allianz Insurance has partnered with Drivy to provide insurance for users of their car sharing platform.

Blog: Not taking hands off the wheel just yet

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

UK laws, roads and infrastructure are getting ready for self-driving cars but motorists remain reluctant to adopt this technology, points out Simon Walker, group CEO of First Central.

Carmaker gives three-year cover with every car bought in France

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:56:15 +0100

Japanese carmaker Subaru is offering three years of free comprehensive motor cover with every new car bought in France, our sister publication reports.

Blog: Insurers must invest in complaint handling

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Artificial intelligence can spot dissatisfaction trends but only good complaint handling will help insurers get value out of those insights, explains Mark Parnaby, managing director of Cynergie, a Davies company.

GDPR quiz

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:53:04 +0100

The GDPR is almost here. Are you ready? Take our quiz and share your score!

Amanda Blanc will 'wake up' Zurich, brokers say

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:19:41 +0100

Zurich’s capture of Axa UK CEO Amanda Blanc will “wake up” the insurer, brokers have said.

Amanda Blanc leaves Axa for Zurich

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:52:08 +0100

Axa UK’s CEO Amanda Blanc is joining Zurich as CEO for Europe, Middle East & Africa, in replacement of Gary Shaughnessy.

Regional review: Jersey

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:32:56 +0100

The largest of the British Channel Islands, Jersey is located 100 miles from the south of England and 14 miles off the French coast. Covering 45 square miles, the island offers one of the world’s major international finance centres. For the island's insurance sector, business is booming.

Former LV GI boss O'Roarke joins Aviva

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 12:25:32 +0100

Exclusive: Former LV general insurance boss John O’Roarke has taken a role as a non-executive of the Aviva general insurance and life businesses.

Editor's comment: Raising them right

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:54:42 +0100

As the mother of a nine-year-old, I’ve passed the stage (I hope) of having to tell my son not to pull hair or bite other people, or order him to share his toys and tidy up after himself.

Top 100 insurtech firms 2018: Number 10 - BIMA

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:46:42 +0100

Top 100 insurtech firms 2018: Number 8 - Slice

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:46:22 +0100

Top 100 insurtech firms 2018: Number 7 - Trōv

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:46:11 +0100

Top 100 insurtech firms 2018: Number 6 - Neos

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:46:00 +0100

Top 100 insurtech firms 2018: Number 3 - Oscar

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:45:31 +0100

Top 100 insurtech firms 2018: Number 1 - Zhong An

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:44:30 +0100

Insurers still failing to meet FCA renewal rules

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 11:07:08 +0100

The Financial Conduct Authority has warned it will take action against general insurers who fail to implement rules introduced to encourage shopping around at renewal time.

Top 100 insurtech firms 2018

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Over the past four years insurtech has become a very familiar word and start-ups are launching every day to target sectors underserved by traditional insurance. Post, in association with Tällt Ventures, indexes those that have the most potential to influence, change or disrupt the global market

Aviva's Rob Townend on making sure policyholders benefit from whiplash reform

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

The whiplash reform and discount rate change can be positive for customers, but Rob Townend, managing director at Aviva UK general insurance, warns the challenge for the industry will be to demonstrate these measures have indeed benefitted policyholders.

This week in Post: Caution, doubt and selling out

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:49:51 +0100

This week in Post, there was news of sales, incompetence and unprecedented losses.

Blog: What the Oak acquisition means for RSA, Zurich and the wider market

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0100

Jonathan Swift looks at whether RSA selling Oak Underwriting to Zurich is going to trigger a bolt-on bonanza - and if it really equates to Manchester United selling Carlos Tevez to Manchester City.

Blog: Rehab is the GDPR exposure insurers weren’t expecting

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Insurers need to make sure their rehabilitation providers comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. Anthony Eeles, chief digital and information officer at HCML, shares his checklist to reduce risks of a £20m fine.

Zurich to buy Oak Underwriting from RSA

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:15:55 +0100

Zurich has reached an agreement to acquire Oak Underwriting from RSA Insurance for an undisclosed sum.

Flood Re to freeze premiums for first time

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:52:39 +0100

Flood Re is set to freeze the premiums it charges to insurers for the first time.

City watchdog to probe Aviva preference shares plan

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:35:28 +0100

The Financial Conduct Authority has launched a review into whether Aviva broke market abuse regulations following plans to cancel its high yielding preference shares.

Roundtable: Using data to defend your territory

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Insurers have been exploiting data for decades to underwrite risks. Could they use that know-how to market their products better - and stop tech giants from taking their customers?

Wilson sees earnings slashed despite Aviva profit

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:57:19 +0100

Aviva CEO Mark Wilson has seen total earnings fall despite the company returning to profit this year, continuing a trend of ongoing executive pay cuts.

Trump signs flood programme extension despite veto threat

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:00:37 +0100

The National Flood Insurance Programme would be extended to 31 July as part of a $1.3tn federal spending package signed by President Trump on Friday, despite threatening to veto the bill earlier the same day.

Regulation Q&A: From GDPR to IDD, Brexit to the future of the PRA, what do insurers really think?

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:58:11 +0100

The regulatory landscape is constantly evolving, With this in mind, Post asked a number of senior insurance figures about some of the most pertinent changes that are afoot from GDPR to the IDD, and how they would like the situation to develop in a post-Brexit Europe.

This week in Post: Why insurers should head to a Maths Jam

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:49:27 +0000

This week I attended my first Maths Jam, a gathering of self-confessed maths enthusiasts who get together in a pub and share stuff they like.

Blog: Segmentation can help insurers enter new markets

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0000

Chris Cowan, managing director of Clusters, argues a targeted approach can help insurance companies stand out in a crowded market.

Underlying performance needs to improve, says Lloyd’s CFO

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:20:39 +0000

The underlying underwriting performance of Lloyd’s syndicates needs to improve following the market's first loss in six years, John Parry has said.

Video: Insurers and claimant lawyers react to whiplash reform

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:10:08 +0000

Insurers welcome the whiplash compensation reform introduced in the Civil Liability Bill, while personal injury lawyers warn against its unintended consequences.

Insurance leaders pledge to pass on personal injury reform savings

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:55:51 +0000

Insurance leaders have pledged to pass on all savings made through the Civil Liability Bill reforms to policyholders.

Claimant lawyers accuse government of ‘washing its hands’ of injured people

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:06:42 +0000

The government has been accused of taking a ‘sledgehammer approach’ to personal injury reform as it today introduces the Civil Liability Bill to parliament.

RSA's Gail Parker on using internal brand engagement to better serve customers

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0000

Gail Parker, brand, marketing and distribution director at RSA Personal Lines, shares her tips on employee engagement and customer satisfaction.

Analysis: Risks, challenges and opportunities of commercial use of listed buildings

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0000

Underinsurance casts a long shadow across the world of listed properties, especially when owners are constantly expanding commercial activities. Experts warn that there can be many traps for the unwary or naïve, many of which do not come to light until there is a claim