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CommentWire
CommentWire

UK inflation: retailers will bear the brunt of interest rate rises

The 3.1% rise in the consumer price index, the UK measure of inflation, has made an interest rate hike for May seem inevitable. More worryingly for retailers, it also suggests that this rise is unlikely to be the last, with rates now expected to hit 5.75% by Autumn, the highest level for over six years - a particularly unwelcome development given retailers' contribution to lowering prices.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Apr 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK inheritance tax: an unfair burden on homeowners

In view of next week's budget, the mortgage industry is again applying pressure on the UK government to raise the threshold for inheritance tax. The CML has many times proposed that inheritance tax be indexed in line with house prices. However, it is still unlikely that the government will concede. Yet for the sake of less well off homeowners, it will have to act sooner rather than later.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Mar 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK inheritance tax: simply a matter of trust

With its proposals for a new inheritance tax regime, the Institute for Public Policy Research has sparked a national debate. Irrespective of whether or not the IPPR's proposals are adopted, wealth managers and tax planners have never had a better opportunity to improve awareness of trust services as a tax-efficient solution.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Aug 2004
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK insurance distribution: pensions edge out life products in IFA channel

Published By Datamonitor
26 May 2006
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK insurance distribution: younger adults embrace online option

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK insurance regulation: GISC paves way for FSA

The British Government is to overhaul the current regulatory regime for the insurance industry by winding up GISC and placing it under the control of the FSA. Following a turbulent year for the GISC, insurers and intermediaries can now hope for a more stable future.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
17 Dec 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK insurance regulation: heading into a minefield?

Regulation of the UK general insurance industry may be a tougher challenge than previously thought, according to a report released by the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation (CSFI). The complexity and opaque nature of the insurance industry bears scant resemblance to the world of banking, and it may require an alternative approach.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Dec 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK insurance: 2009 results highlight sector's resilience

For insurers, 2009 was a testing year characterized by weak investment returns, increasing fraudulent claims, adverse weather conditions and, above all, the recession. Despite this, however, a number of large insurers weathered the storm and improved efficiency and profitability, indicating that the insurance sector remains relatively robust.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK insurance: a false sense of protection?

UK debt-counseling service Citizens Advice has lodged a 'super-complaint' with the UK's Office of Fair Trading that may prompt further scrutiny of the lucrative payment protection insurance market. The bad publicity this will bring could come as unpleasant news to insurers, which must now brace themselves for the likely consumer backlash.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Sep 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK insurance: auto premiums speed away

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2001

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