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CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich: last man standing in the battle for RBSI?

Last month, RBS announced that it is to sell its insurance arm, RBSI, in an attempt to increase its capital base in the wake of the ongoing liquidity crisis. As well as boosting the portfolio of the company that successfully makes the acquisition, the move would have industry-wide implications, as the sale of brands including Direct Line would have major repercussions in motor and home insurance.

Published By Datamonitor
27 May 2008
CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich: going for brokers

Zurich [ZURZN.VX] has announced a recovery in profits, and hinted that there are further improvements to come. Zurich has big ambitions in the UK personal general insurance market, however the success of this strategy will depend on the performance of the broker channel - a risky strategy given the latter's declining revenues last year.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Feb 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich: another day, another bond issue

Zurich's [ZURZn.VX] $1 billion bond issue comes hot on the heels of a similar move by Aviva last week. Zurich is seeking to consolidate after an over ambitious expansion program, but it needs to remember that a full recovery in the UK life insurance sector is still some way off.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich/L&G: annuity rate deal is commendable but consumers must be educated

The agreement between Zurich UK Life and Legal & General will benefit consumers with smaller pension pots who may not have access to the Open Market Option, allowing them to take advantage of an annuity rate from either provider. However, there is still a consumer knowledge gap regarding the Open Market Option, and little scope for less affluent consumers to gain access to financial advice.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Oct 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Zurich's Supreme Court loss is a blow to the insurance industry's efforts to fight fraud

Zurich has failed in its attempt to have an entire third-party liability claim thrown out due to a significant fraudulent component. The UK Supreme Court found that the fraud was not "exceptional" enough to take this action and ordered Zurich to honor the non-fraudulent portion of the claim. This is a blow to insurers' efforts to discourage fraudulent claims and reduce costs.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2012
Expert View
Expert View

Zurich sets ambitious SME target

With its new e-trading broker platform Zurich's declared intention is to take a 10% share of the SME market. However, it has a number of challenges to overcome first.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jul 2014
CommentWire
CommentWire

Zurich Financial Services: aiming to net the wealthy

Zurich has launched its high net worth division, Zurich Private Client. The HNW market has stimulated a lot of interest recently, and Zurich hopes the insurance venture will help it move into further HNW services in the future. Its already large over-60 and high-income customer base suggests Zurich has a high potential for success in this market.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jun 2002
Expert View
Expert View

ZugarZnap illustrates new breed of insurer

The launch of a new insurer focused on online distribution, social content, and customer engagement signals the next generation of provider - not to mention the disruption the existing market will increasingly face.

Published By Datamonitor
11 May 2015
CommentWire
CommentWire

Zopa: lending the eBay way

An online exchange called Zopa has been launched that enables members to borrow or lend up to GBP25,000 from peers rather than using a traditional bank or building society. Building on the eBay concept, the website is a market for lending which provides investors with higher returns and borrowers with preferential rates to those offered on the high street. However, the concept may be a tough sell.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Mar 2005
Expert View
Expert View

Zopa chalks up another win for P2P lending

The peer-to-peer (P2P) lender Zopa's new partnership with on-demand car service Uber to provide vehicle financing to its UK drivers marks another step in the evolution of P2P into a mature source of credit.

Published By Datamonitor
19 May 2015

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