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Norwich Union: closing broking subsidiary

After speculation about its future, Norwich Union has announced plans to shut its high street broker subsidiary Hill House Hammond later this year after failing to find a buyer. The brokerage sector is struggling as a whole and further consolidation in this field may be inevitable as brokers face up to imminent FSA regulation.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Feb 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensioners: growing need for extra income

The government is taking steps to improve the pension situation by encouraging people to work past the official retirement age. Even though measures such as lump sum payments are important to enhance some pensioners' financial positions in the near future, the real problem lies within the structure of pension provision.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Banks ill-prepared to benefit from UK life and pensions depolarization

Banks are expected to gain the most from the depolarization of the UK's life and pensions market. However, Datamonitor's Miikka Metsanvirta argues that contrary to expectations, banks will struggle to capture significant market share from the IFAs...

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Standard Life: reassuring IFAs

Standard Life has reduced the share of equities in its asset portfolio. It is contemplating demutualization and is risking a loss of IFA confidence. This turbulence and uncertainty requires Standard Life to rebuild its reputation, however this will be a lengthy and difficult process.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Feb 2004
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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

Prudential: with-profits pulls out of nose dive

The announcement that Prudential [PRU.L] is maintaining its bonus rates and removing penalties on with-profit products will be welcomed by an industry that has been starved of good news. The move signals a long awaited upturn in with-profits business, despite the continuous negative publicity that the industry suffers.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Feb 2004
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CommentWire

RBS/HBOS: insuring success

Major retail banks RBS [RBOS.L] and HBOS [HBOS.L] have seen strong growth in the general insurance field as high street banks continue to successfully penetrate the general insurance space. Their success poses a challenge to traditional insurers who do not have the same wide ranging portfolios as the banks.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Mar 2004
Expert View
Expert View

Looming FSA regulation could spell early retirement for some brokers

The number of brokers post FSA regulation is anticipated to decline by up to 50%. Datamonitor's Fiona O'Reagan argues that the degree of consolidation will differ among broker segments, with large brokers such as nationals and multinationals likely to experience little change, while superprovincials and provincials see their competitive landscape dramatically altered...

Published By Datamonitor
03 Mar 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

CIS: power to the people

CIS has announced that its social investment policy is to be defined by its customers. This innovative move will enhance CIS's share of the ethical investment market and will be a useful differentiation tool for customers increasingly concerned with the consequences of their investments.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Mar 2004
CommentWire
CommentWire

Catlin: IPO will raise GBP109 million

Lloyd's of London insurer Catlin has moved to take advantage of the benevolent conditions in the insurance market by setting a mid-March date for its IPO. Catlin anticipates that the flotation will give the company a value of GBP700-800 million in total. This new found financial clout, along with its increased capacity, may allow the insurer to become more price competitive.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2004

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