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Switching on the rise in SME insurance

Switch rates within the SME insurance market are on the rise according to recent Datamonitor research, with competition ever-high and an increasingly commoditized, price-driven micro-segment making it hard to pin down business.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2013
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The housing bubble myth

Driven by low interest rates, a recovering economy, and government schemes, UK house prices rose by 6.2% in Q3 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to Halifax. However, fears of a housing bubble are misplaced for three reasons.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Nov 2013
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Credit unions: know your limits

Payday-style loans from credit unions can only grow so far. There is a limit to the extent to which profits can be made on short-term, low-value loans where limited interest is charged.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Nov 2013
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Help to Buy II a hindrance, not a help

The second phase of the UK government's Help to Buy scheme will significantly increase the availability of 95% LTV mortgages, but evidence suggests that the market is already meeting the needs of first-time buyers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2013
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Home-based SMEs an opportunity for business insurers

A considerable number of SMEs are home-based, which opens them up to risks that are not covered by standard household insurance. This represents an opportunity for commercial insurers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2013
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Clydesdale and Yorkshire ready to compete on interest rates

Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks have launched an attractive current account. However, they face an increasingly competitive interest-paying current account market.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Oct 2013
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Spanish power analyzer forecast: 2013 update

Datamonitor's updated Power Analyzer forecasts that the share of coal in Spain's generation mix will fall, resulting in a smaller share of the pie for the struggling domestic coal mining industry. Diminishing subsidies to the coal sector add insult to injury and may spell the demise of Spanish-sourced coal in the generation mix.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Oct 2013
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Eni outperforms the competition in a declining Italian electricity market

Eni is the largest retailer of natural gas to Italy (accounting for about 50% of the market). However, regulatory restrictions have been applied to Eni in order to improve competition and encourage new entrants into the Italian gas market. Eni has now turned to the electricity market for revenue and margin growth opportunities, specifically by moving existing gas customers onto dual fuel tariffs.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Oct 2013
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Motor insurance premiums to stabilize in Q4 2013

Motor insurance premiums continue their downward spiral, suggesting that competitive forces are at play. However, this trend is unlikely to continue for much longer, with premiums expected to stabilize in Q4 2013.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Oct 2013
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Services not tax evasion will differentiate offshore centers

In an increasingly transparent global banking industry, offshore centers will compete against one another based on the quality of their services and the stability of their economy, rather than their ability to shield HNW assets from tax authorities.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Oct 2013

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