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Admiral: total profits up by 11% for 2008, profits down for Confused.com

Insurance group Admiral has announced an increase of 11% in its overall profits in 2008, but has witnessed a drop in profits for its aggregator business, Confused.com, as a result of heightened competitive pressures. With the likes of Tesco and Comparethemarket.com diverting business away from more established players, Confused.com will have to work hard to maintain its market share.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2009
Expert View
Expert View

Advisors are confident that term assurance will help to grow the protection market as a whole

Exclusive Datamonitor survey data reveal that advisors are confident that term assurance will continue to play a vital role within the protection market over the next five years, as the UK economy and mortgage market begin to recover.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2012
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Advisors miss out on tablets

Applications giving wealth management clients access to investment and market information were very popular in 2012, as were applications allowing banking and trading transactions. However, despite numerous firms offering software to create applications for advisors uptake was limited. Granted, implementation is costly, but the security benefits and client interaction offer unique advantages.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Feb 2013
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Advisors need more tech to become high touch

New technology can allow advisors to bridge the gap between customer needs and costs.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

Aegon/Ranbaxy: joining forces for the long term

With its surging macroeconomic growth and vast population, Dutch investments provider Aegon's decision to team up with local firm Ranbaxy to offer asset management and insurance services in India is underpinned by sound logic. However both firms must realize that their partnership will take time to bear fruit in a market unfamiliar with the complexities of advanced investment products.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jul 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

Affinity marketing: getting tougher for FSIs

As financial services providers seek to improve acquisition rates and maintain profitability, they are becoming more customer-orientated. Dealing with affinity groups such as charities and sports club is a simple way to gain access to specific customer segments and customer databases. However, the UK market is getting increasingly saturated.

Published By Datamonitor
15 May 2002
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Affinity partnerships are all about brand alignment

Affinity partnerships, including those with retailers, are steadily growing as insurers look to diversify into multi-channel distribution in a tough economy. Such partnerships offer various benefits for insurers; however, complementary brand values and target audiences should be the first considerations when choosing a retail partner, in order to maximize the benefits and avoid potential pitfalls.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Mar 2013
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Ageas riding high in motorcycle insurance

In recent years Ageas has fought hard to sit at the forefront of motorcycle insurance, and is currently hot on the heels of the market's largest underwriter Aviva. Yet it will require a dogged effort from Ageas to make this niche segment, which hasn't grown in recent years, work for it.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2014
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Ageas's acquisition of Groupama would make it a top-three motor insurer to look out for in 2013

Ageas has entered into exclusive discussions to acquire Groupama's UK insurance business. A deal is expected to be concluded within four weeks and would result in Ageas entering the top three motor insurers. The acquisition would be a great opportunity for Ageas to grow its presence in the commercial space and strengthen its private motor book, a market in which it achieved strong growth in 2011.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Sep 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

AGF: back to basics

AGF [AGFP.PA] has announced the successful conclusion of negotiations with ING Group [ING.AS] over the sale of AGF Belgium. AGF is now expected to concentrate on its core business. A lack of financial resources and the dominance of the big players mean that more and more smaller players are likely to return to their core business.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
11 Aug 2003

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