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A decline in petrol sales illustrates behavior that may contribute to a dip in car insurance GWP

Datamonitor has forecast the private motor insurance market will plateau during 2012-15. One influence will be static growth in volume as the cost of driving spirals. Insurers are currently unconcerned while the size of the motor parc remains stable, with declining traffic signifying less risk exposure. Yet as drivers react and adapt their behavior, larger consequences for the market are expected.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Oct 2012
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A government-backed central pool is the only way forward for insurers offering flood coverage

A central flood insurance pool such as those proposed by the ABI and Marsh will only be effective if it is administered by an organization with industry-wide support and backed by the government. It is essential that one of the plans is agreed upon and implemented in the next six months, as policy holders and the insurance industry are being exposed to significant uncertainty in the meantime.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Nov 2011
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A strengthened financial services compensation scheme comes at a price

The UK's Financial Services Authority has called for the substantial strengthening of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, which guarantees savings up to GBP50,000 in the event of a deposit taker collapsing. Although this is good news for depositors, the cost to financial institutions will be steep, which will hit them hard, particularly at a time when IT expenditure has been severely cut.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Jan 2009
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A total of 4.8 million Lloyds customers are to be moved to The Co-operative, but will any refuse?

Being transferred to The Co-operative Bank will likely mean that people will not be able to use their existing online and mobile banking facilities, and this may be enough to persuade some customers to stick with Lloyds.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jul 2012
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A tough Christmas beckons for retailers, but the worst may already be over

There is no doubt that 2005 has been a dreadful year on the high street and as the festive season approaches, most retailers are extremely cautious about their prospects. However, while the economic news has been highly discouraging for those retailers awaiting an upturn in their fortunes, according to retail specialists Verdict there may soon be light at the end of the tunnel ...

Published By Datamonitor
20 Oct 2005
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A video is worth a thousand words

In-car cameras are rising in popularity as a method of establishing liability and fighting fraud. The technology has great potential for complementing telematics propositions and should be advocated by insurers.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Oct 2013
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A windfall tax on the UK energy industry is unlikely to prove beneficial

Upward pressures on UK wholesale gas and power prices are being driven by strained supply and demand fundamentals. Imposing a windfall tax on the UK energy industry is unlikely to resolve this issue whereas increased incentives for energy investment in UK gas storage facilities would go some way towards achieving that aim.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Sep 2008
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A&L/Abbey National: further consolidation may be on the cards

Alliance & Leicester is considered to be a prime target for a takeover bid. Recent reports suggest that Abbey National is one interested predator. This may be the start of a new round of domestic consolidation in the UK retail banking sector. However, the major players are likely to miss out for regulatory reasons.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2002
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AA / Shoosmiths: a personal injury push

The AA's partnership with Shoosmiths will allow it to compete with RAC's blossoming legal services division and capitalize on new opportunities in the sector. The services group's timing is appropriate, as regulatory changes in the law profession are likely to see a raft of familiar retail brands offering legal services. Like RAC, the AA is well placed at the vanguard of this shift.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Apr 2005
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CommentWire

AA/Saga: insurer looks set to benefit from proposed in-house credit hire operations

In a move to tackle the costs associated with credit hire, AA/Saga plans to bring its arrangements in-house. Credit hire costs are a major source of claims inflation for motor insurers, and bringing credit hire in-house could generate a lucrative side line, while also giving it greater control over a key driver in claims costs.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jul 2009

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