Pet insurance

Spotlight On Technology: Future gadgets

Science fiction has given the people of today a glimpse of tomorrow. However, spare a thought for underwriters, for whom the prospect of insuring some of the space-age gadgets featured must strike real fear, as technology develops and turns science…

Allianz UK's profits defy recession

Allianz UK has reported 2011 GWP up more than 10% to £1832.2m (2010: £1663.7m) with operating profit up more than 6% to £168.7m (2010: £158.5m).

16 December: “Woofing” it down

Unable to wait patiently in the kitchen for his owner to finish baking his favourite sweet treats, a greedy chocolate Labrador decided to lick the bowl.

FSA slams RBSI for ‘unfair’ pet terms

The Financial Services Authority has told RBSI to cease using a term in its Direct Line pet insurance that it suggests may be unfair and has reported the insurer to the Office of Fair Trading.

Allianz hails ‘first sanity in 30 years’

Allianz’s UK boss Andrew Torrance has said “the first period of sanity in 30 years” in the personal motor insurance market has helped make personal lines the growth area for the firm.

Untapped pet premiums total almost £2.5bn

The pet insurance sector could offer providers close to £2.5bn in untapped premiums, according to a Defaqto report which found that around 69% of cats and 48% of dogs in the UK are uninsured.

Insurance & social media: To tweet or not to tweet

The insurance industry has struggled in its early attempts to adopt social media, due to its staid reputation. Sam Barrett warns that being slow to capitalise on the benefits it can bring means the industry is missing a trick.

Multi-million pound meerkat giveaway

Compare the Market is bracing itself for a spike in sales as it prepares to unveil a new multi-million pound above-the-line advertising campaign that will give away a free meerkat toy with every sale of a car, home, van or pet policy.

L&G boosts broker force as motor return mooted

Legal & General has revealed plans to recruit a 15-strong team of regional sales & marketing experts to support brokers and intermediaries "on the ground", as it prepares to diversify into motor, pet and travel. Duncan Finch, L&G's managing director for…

Postbox: Are the dog days over?

Forty to 50 years ago, the London insurance market claimed it would offer cover for any legitimate risk and, as a young broker, I never imagined I would one day be frustrated by the failure to quote for a simple risk.

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