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Overcapacity persists in the private motor market

The private motor insurance market continues to be shaped by the excess capacity present in the market. This is likely to persist for the time being, as exposure reductions by one player are met with growing appetite by others.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jul 2014
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Aviva selected top insurer by small brokers

According to a Datamonitor Financial survey commercial brokers most commonly place business with Aviva for eight of 14 products. Demonstrating a favored position among small brokers, there remains room for Aviva to make its mark with larger brokers.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Jul 2014
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Banks using NISAs to boost profits

Banks have used the arrival of New ISAs (NISAs) to lower their interest rates on savings products and edge rates upwards on lending products to boost their margins.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2014
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Growing threat from alternative lenders to business

Business lending from non-traditional providers has grown in recent years, and a new government policy could give it the fuel to really take off.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Jul 2014
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Clarity is key for Barclays overdrafts

Barclays' decision to make its UK overdraft charges more straightforward will promote a greater sense of openness and trust in the bank, despite arguably leading to higher charges in many cases.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2014
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Barclays scraps passwords for biometrics

Barclays has introduced biometric identification for telephone banking to make identity verification quicker and more secure. However, expansion into more popular channels will make a real difference to the customer experience.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2014
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Whiplash: a painful problem that won't go away

The issue of whiplash and its costs for insurers and consumers continue to afflict the motor insurance space. Urgent action is needed to tackle the problem, which would help bring down the costs of motor insurance significantly.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2014
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Who said insurance can't be innovative?

The birth of a new type of insurance is a rare occurrence within the UK market. Yet insurers abroad are developing ever more niche offerings, with China in particular setting an example as to how insurance can be innovative.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2014
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Barclaycard adds wearables to contactless roster

Barclaycard's plan to roll out "bPay band" is a strategic move by the bank to capitalize on the rising ownership and awareness of contactless payment cards in the UK. However, making it a mainstream payment tool will be challenging.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2014
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HSBC Wealth takes punt on Aberdeen

As HSBC makes a move into the oil capital of the UK - Aberdeen - the question over Scottish independence doesn't seem to have put off the wealth manager.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jun 2014

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