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3D printing may not reduce supply chain risk

The overall effect of 3D printing on manufacturers' reliance on third parties is still an unknown, and will be determined by individual businesses' supply chains. Business interruption insurers need to be aware of the individual factors to avoid overestimating the impact.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Mar 2014
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Expert View

3D printing to create new risks and opportunities for insurers

The development and use of 3D printing in manufacturing and everyday life will increase the risk businesses face from cyber-crime and intellectual property theft. This will make cyber risk cover ever more critical in the future.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2014
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Expert View

A crushing blow to uninsured drivers

The Greenaway report, a UK government-commissioned study into the problem of uninsured driving, signals the start of a crackdown on motorists that drive without insurance. This report should provide the catalyst for strengthening legislation and Datamonitor's James Greenwell argues that it will finally bring UK compliance levels in line with the rest of Europe...

Published By Datamonitor
12 Aug 2004
Expert View
Expert View

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
CommentWire
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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ABI uses SoP extension as bargaining chip

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is driving a hard bargain by extending the Statement of Principles (SoP) by only a month. Other stopgap extensions will follow until it can reach a deal with the government based on its Flood Re model.

Published By Datamonitor
21 May 2013
CommentWire
CommentWire

Admiral: calm waters now but storms ahead

Launching the biggest flotation on the London market this year, and one of only eight IPOs so far on the main exchange, Admiral has set its stall out to go public. While rapid growth and financial success has been Admiral's trademark, serious questions remain as to whether the timing and pricing of the offer will attract sufficient interest.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Sep 2004
Expert View
Expert View

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

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

Alea Group: time to sell up?

Following Standard & Poor's decision to downgrade the specialist insurer and reinsurer Alea from A- to BBB+, it is questionable whether the group can continue to meet its obligations, particularly if trading conditions were to worsen. The effects of Hurricane Katrina will do little to ameliorate the climate for insurers, and the company may yet be forced to put itself up for sale.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Sep 2005

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