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Commercial brokers slow to counter online threat

While nobody denies that online purchasing is growing within the commercial insurance space, brokers could be more proactive in tapping into this behavior rather than sitting back and watching change play out.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jun 2014
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RSA rising in a profitable home insurance market

Despite increasingly competitive conditions the home insurance market was more profitable in 2013 than in 2012, suggesting no end is in sight for softening rates. RSA particularly stands out for its growth and improved combined operating ratio (COR).

Published By Datamonitor
06 Jun 2014
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Building society boom to end

Building society mortgage lending has soared, which has seen them increase competition to the major high street banks and raise their market share. However, the trend will be short-lived.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2014
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Explosion in BTL lending a risky business

The rapid rise in buy-to-let (BTL) lending in the UK over the last 12 months risks leaving landlords and their lenders dangerously overexposed when interest rates eventually start to rise.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2014
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Access to underwriters more important than commissions

Access to underwriters is the service aspect most sought after by commercial lines brokers ahead of sector expertise and competitive commissions. Commercial insurers looking for growth should take heed.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2014
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Octopus tackles online payments

With new payment technologies threatening the relevance of stored value payment services, in Hong Kong Octopus is expanding its reach into online payments.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2014
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Morgan Stanley continues its expansion

Morgan Stanley's acquisition of the remaining stake in its joint venture with Citi puts the wealth manager into third place in terms of "published" 2013 assets under management (AUM) in Datamonitor Financial's Wealth Management Super League.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2014
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Groupon's Gnome risks alienating merchants

Groupon's move to launch Gnome is the latest attempt by the online daily deals provider to establish itself within the payments space. However, it runs the risk of alienating merchants by requiring those that use its service to adopt Gnome.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2014
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Car insurance advertising spend frenzy

Despite a dip in GWP among the top 10 UK insurers*, advertising spend on car insurance is skyrocketing - an unsustainable trend.

Published By Datamonitor
30 May 2014
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Insurers' communication skills slammed

Insurers must do more to ensure better communication with clients, in order to safeguard customer satisfaction and minimize negative press.

Published By Datamonitor
30 May 2014

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