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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
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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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Aggregators best used to upsell pet insurance

Aggregators are paying more attention to pet insurance. However, most pet insurance customers only use such sites to conduct research. Insurers should feature low-priced accident-only policies on aggregators to persuade customers to visit their own websites, in order to upsell more comprehensive products.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2013
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Aggregators shift focus towards home products as opportunities in car insurance dry up

Aggregators are expected to place a greater focus on home insurance propositions as growth from car insurance business stutters. Already, comparison sites have increased advertising spend on home insurance, while improvements to the customer purchasing journey are in progress. For insurers this presents an opportunity for growth in aggregator business for non-motor lines.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Oct 2012
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AIB uses branch to stimulate digital

AIB has opened a specially designed branch in Ireland to encourage customers to make better use of its online and mobile banking facilities. The purpose of the "LAB" is to teach customers how to engage with their finances via digital channels and in doing so, support the bank's goal of providing the best digital experience in Ireland.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Apr 2013
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AIB: no Net gains in online banking

Published By Datamonitor
27 Oct 2000
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AIG rescue news raises new questions for the market

The welcome news that AIG is to be bailed out by the Federal Reserve Bank through an $85 billion loan seems to have calmed fears in the markets, despite questions over whether this injection will be sufficient to stabilize the ailing insurer. For now, however, it seems that while the Fed was prepared to let Lehman file for bankruptcy, the demise of AIG was too much for it to bear.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Sep 2008
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AIG seeking life raft in the wake of the Lehman storm

AIG has seen its share price tumble amid doubts over its financial stability. As a result, the US's largest insurer is looking for ways to come through its current financial crisis. Although the source of this solution remains unclear, a decision needs to be made as soon as possible, before the mounting financial crisis worsens.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Sep 2008
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AIG: insurance regulators must find delicate balance

AIG, the insurer at the centre of an accounting scandal, has admitted that a transaction between itself and General Re was incorrectly recorded as an insurance deal. AIG's misdemeanor comes at a time when the global insurance industry is under severe scrutiny. While insurers must act to put their house in order, over zealous regulation is unlikely to help their efforts.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Apr 2005

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