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Expert View

UK lending: mainstream lenders embrace non-standard clients

The UK non-standard market is benefiting from the entry of large financial conglomerates and mainstream financial institutions. Fewer and fewer non-standard or 'credit-impaired' individuals in the UK are being denied credit by major players and many companies are now willing to offer their services to customers with minor debts.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jul 2005
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK lending: unsecured personal loans building consumer credit share

Published By Datamonitor
28 Jun 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK liberalization: lights out at Christmas

Metering is the link between the retail and distribution businesses in an unbundled energy retail market. Although it is meant to improve competition, UK metering regulation is complex and can lead to serious difficulties. Markets that are currently unbundling should pay close attention to the UK case and assess whether they really need to introduce metering competition.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Dec 2004
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK life and pensions: growing at 16.9% a year

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK life assurance: annual cover 2.8% annual growth

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK life assurance: risk free products required

UK life companies are expecting 2004 to be a good year for them, but it might not be all that rosy. The stock market slump adversely affected the sales of these policies and consumers have now turned their backs on investment driven life products. Life companies need to rethink their product portfolios and provide for consumers' demand for lower risk policies.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jan 2004
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK life assurance: steady growth

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK life industry: accusatory government enquiry

At the same time as one of the UK's key parliamentary committees accuses the life and pensions industry of complacency, disappointing news on the take-up of the government's new pension credit has emerged. With both parties guilty of creating complexity in the system, the need for a simple, coherent and sustainable framework for future pension provision becomes imperative.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Nov 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK life insurers: improving transparency is the only way forward

UK life insurers are unlikely to avoid the malaise that has hit the banking sector. Their balance sheets are facing increased scrutiny with concerns that their solvency levels will not be sustainable over the coming months. In order to prepare for this attention, life insurers should practice a degree of damage limitation, making their financial position transparent to investors and customers.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2009
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK LNG: foreign suppliers are failing to deliver

UK wholesale gas prices have been at a premium to the US market; however, this has failed to encourage LNG shippers, which have diverted tankers away from the UK. Cargo needs, capacity planning and concerns about the security of supply should be raised, given that market fundamentals are not at work. A supply failure, albeit temporary, must be corrected for the market to function efficiently.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2008

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