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Who said insurance can't be innovative?

The birth of a new type of insurance is a rare occurrence within the UK market. Yet insurers abroad are developing ever more niche offerings, with China in particular setting an example as to how insurance can be innovative.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2014
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Whiplash: a painful problem that won't go away

The issue of whiplash and its costs for insurers and consumers continue to afflict the motor insurance space. Urgent action is needed to tackle the problem, which would help bring down the costs of motor insurance significantly.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jun 2014
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Whiplash solution needed for sustained fall in claims

Motor insurance claims have risen back to their pre-reform levels, as the initial fall in claims has not been sustained. More work is needed to find a permanent solution to the whiplash problem.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Apr 2014
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Whiplash reform crucial to motor premiums drop

In order for motor premiums to continue their downward trend - to consumers' advantage - a sustained reduction in personal injury costs is needed. Insurers and the government must use the current legislative momentum to tackle whiplash in particular.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Aug 2013
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Whiplash goes full circle with no end result

Nobody is arguing about the fact that the spiraling costs of whiplash need to be addressed. However, throwing consultation after consultation and numerous inquiries at the subject has not resulted in any final decisions.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Mar 2013
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What will an offshore yuan trading center in London mean for wealth managers?

A forum has been established between the UK and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) to discuss the development of London as an offshore yuan trading center. Reaching the status that Hong Kong holds for the offshore currency will not happen overnight, but wealth managers should be aware of approaching implications.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2012
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What conclusions can be drawn from the net inflows at Credit Suisse Private Banking?

Credit Suisse has announced strong net inflows within its private wealth management unit. In Q1 2012, net inflows from wealth management clients reached CHF5.8bn, up 45.0% on Q4 2011. The origins of the new assets highlight a number of characteristics that define the global wealth management industry in 2012.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2012
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Westpac: stepping up competitive pressure

A leaked confidential Westpac briefing document has provided an interesting insight into the strategic planning of the bank's operations in Victoria. The document outlines an aggressive expansion plan, with Westpac looking to target Commonwealth Bank of Australia customers. Competition in this market is, therefore, set to heat up.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jul 2011
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Westpac: platinum is the new gold

The latest decision by Westpac to upgrade all of its gold credit cards to platinum cards reconfirms the direction of the credit cards product proposition, that platinum is the new gold. This strategy will allow card issuers to tap into extra revenue and increase customer acquisition in 2012; however, there may also be some negative effects on the Australian credit card industry.

Published By Datamonitor
24 May 2012
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Westpac: giving debit where it's due

Westpac has invigorated New Zealand's card market with the launch of its Debitplus Visa card. This should prove a shrewd move for the bank as schemed debit cards such as this have been very popular around the globe and similar success is expected in New Zealand. In addition, Westpac has reaffirmed its position of an innovative leader in the country's card market.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Nov 2006

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