Post - 2011-03-17
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Concerns over increasingly tight deadlines in the run-up to the implementation of Solvency II have been raised on behalf of the insurance industry following publication of the European regulator's fifth quantitative impact study.
The British Insurance Brokers' Association has reiterated its call for a change to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme funding rules before April 2012, after an MP warned the final figure for payment protection insurance mis-selling compensation…
Looking through Post's back catalogue paints a unique picture of more than 150 years of insurance news, as this article from five years ago reveals.
Ageas chief executive Barry Smith has said the insurer "needs to do more" to improve its household insurance offering and encourage preventative action following losses amassed during the winter freeze.
Inter Resolve has appointed a former Equity claims operations manager to the newly created role of head of claims as part of plans to expand its business model.
Fraud is no longer the elephant in the room for the industry — but insurers still need to go on the offensive to tackle the issues, says Rachel Gordon.
Munich Re's stated objective to earn €2.4bn (£2.1bn) in 2011 may have to be revisited following the devastating earthquake in Japan.
Just before the devastating events began to unfold in Japan last week, the UK insurance market found itself vexed by the Transport Select Committee's report into the rising cost of motor insurance.
Insurers must do more to encrypt portable devices to ensure that sensitive data is kept safe. According to Amy Norcup, an analyst at Promontory Financial Group, even businesses with a strong data protection framework can face sanctions if they fail to…
With the global nature of modern business exposing insurers to a variety of major loss challenges, Trevor Latimer assesses the consequences.
Markel International has recommended its fellow insurers simplify their use of data as it prepares to move to a single underwriting system itself.
A high court judge has dismissed an application from Towergate Underwriting for a pre-action disclosure against Lorica Insurance Brokers and ordered it to pay costs amounting to £17 000.
Insurance firms must have an accurate data management security policy in place to avoid falling foul of the Information Commissioner's Office, a solicitor from law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse claimed.
Insurance industry training provider Searchlight has begun offering specialist courses to London market practitioners.
With Axa set to offer no claims discounts to household customers, Amy Ellis reports on market reaction and whether others will follow suit.
Insurers must use top quality data when preparing for Solvency II to avoid the problems suffered by banks during their implementation of Basel II, technology firm CSC claimed.
Motor insurers have hit back at government proposals forcing the industry to disclose details of their referral fee arrangements.
Canopius chairman Michael Watson believes the Japanese earthquake could serve as the tipping point on market rates, after lamenting the commercial lines market for its "folly" on low pricing.
John O'Roarke has seen the highs and lows of a career in insurance. He talks to Daniel Dunkley about his journey to LV and his plans for the next stage in the firm's development.
With fraud now costing the industry £2.1bn a year, Nick Wood and Angela Gibson explain the various routes to recovery and added advantages this can bring.
Co-operative Insurance has launched a telematics-based motor policy aimed at reducing young driver premiums in the wake of the European Court of Justice ruling, which outlawed gender as a rating factor.
Besso has been named as the broker on a $2bn (£1.2bn) project to construct a hydro-electric dam in Ecuador.
The London insurance market has highlighted the importance of comprehensive sports insurance, after Reading FC footballer Chris Armstrong was forced to retire due to multiple sclerosis.
Crawford & Company is trialling three potential suppliers to support its plans to launch data mining and matching capabilities within its counter-fraud unit.
Axa is looking into using the Claims and Underwriting Exchange to check prospective household customers' claims experience before it quotes for business, as part of its plan to manage claims costs within this portfolio.
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Sometimes, if you want to look forward, it helps to have a look back first. This seems particularly true for the upcoming Continuous Insurance Enforcement legislation.
Jelf's customer service has been awarded 'outstanding' status by independent assessment firm Investor in Customers for the third consecutive year.
More clarity on forthcoming European legislation surrounding internet data collection is essential, if insurers are to implement it properly. This was the view shared by consulting firm Promontory Financial Group with Post's Strategic Technology Forum…
Allianz almost shot itself in the foot last week when it encouraged management trainee Stephanie Ogden to take part in a TV debate in which she passionately defended the university degree system.
I have worked in underwriting for more than 20 years and, while technology has massively increased the array of tools we have available to underwrite risk, it's frightening to realise how few improvements have been made to the professionalism of our…
A local authority has failed in its bid to secure clarity over what constitutes a 'material increase' in risk where a mesothelioma claimant's exposure to asbestos is relatively low, arguably leaving councils vulnerable to higher numbers of speculative…
The global reinsurance industry is positioned to absorb the impact of the Japanese earthquake — even if the insured losses reach $35bn (£21.7bn).
The insurance industry has been urged to prepare for potential new regulation, which will make it mandatory for companies to report any breaches of data management regulation.
I've heard that, later on this year, a new employment law will be passed, resulting in temporary workers having the same benefits and rights as permanent workers. Is this true?
An insurance scheme has been launched that offers to compensate companies when the "wrong" kind of weather hits.
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The insurance industry's failure to make significant changes to the "deficient" commercial lines sector has been "wholly unacceptable", according to research firm Mactavish.
The devastating earthquake that struck Japan on 11 March is set to become one of the costliest catastrophes in modern history.