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CommentWire
CommentWire

UK household insurance: don't take me to your lender

Householders aren't always just too apathetic to shop around: many are unaware that they are paying over the odds in the first place. Insurers can be reluctant to boost consumer awareness, since they are the ones providing the mortgage providers' policies. But the threat of banks moving their insurance divisions in-house means this attitude needs to change.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK household insurance: gross weighted premiums could rise by 7.4%

Published By Datamonitor
30 May 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK household insurance: subsidence threatens profitability

The UK household insurance industry achieved profitability in 2003 after seven years of losses. However, subsidence claims are on the rise, and the benign weather conditions of 2003, which reduced storm and flooding claims, are not expected to last. Underwriters will therefore stay under pressure to maintain premium rate increases until 2005.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2004
Expert View
Expert View

UK housing market's 'boom and bust' cycle remains a threat

Fears of a housing market boom and bust cycle should not be dismissed lightly following its strong 2006 performance. In 2005, the mortgage market stalled alongside a slowdown in house price growth, suggesting that the market was moving towards a soft landing. However, its outstanding performance in 2006 and almost double-digit house price inflation have renewed fears of a housing crash.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Apr 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK housing market: a speeding train running out of steam

It's been a year of rapidly rising house prices - the fact that a monthly increase of 1.4% is the lowest for six months illustrates this. However, a range of indicators now suggests that things could be slowing down. Few commentators are predicting a slump anytime soon, but many now seem to recognize that the housing market is returning to a realm of reality.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK housing market: little respite ahead

As the debate over interest rates rages on, the housing market shows no sign of slowing. April was the third month in succession to post record levels of mortgage lending. Even the Council of Mortgage Lenders says enough is enough. Modest interest rate increases are certainly desirable for the housing market, but with uncertainty ruling elsewhere, the UK's two-speed economy seems set to continue.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK housing: a kick-start for starter homes

Under new government plans, tens of thousands of low-cost starter homes are to be built and tenants of council and housing associations are to be given the opportunity to buy a stake in their home. The initiatives come with a few weaknesses but if they can lessen the housing crisis, it will be a long overdue step towards tackling this issue.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK housing: cooling off in the South

Surveys published this week show yet more evidence that the UK housing market is cooling. However, optimism is lower in the Southeast than the North. 2003 may see a shift of geographical focus, giving house prices in the South time to cool at the expense of the northern market.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK IFAs: an industry at war with itself

The heads of the largest financial advice companies in the UK are arguing about their positioning in the industry. Disagreements of this type cannot be good for the reputation of an industry that has already been damaged by a series of mis-selling scandals. Customers are more interested in gaining good quality, impartial advice at a reasonable price than in industry wrangles.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Oct 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK ignitions: UK aftermarket stronger than Europe but falling faster

Published By Datamonitor
15 Oct 2004

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