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Advisers top five priorities for retirement planning

A new adviser research study by the lang cat on behalf of Aviva, reveals the key priorities facing advisers today as they balance the changing demands of clients in a shifting retirement landscape five years on from the introduction of pension freedoms.
Posted on Friday Jan 17

Brits optimistic about impact of Brexit on personal finances

With a fortnight to go until the UK is due to leave the European Union, the proportion of Brits who think their finances will improve after Brexit rose by 5 percentage points in the last quarter, from 6 per cent in August 2019 to 11 per cent of the population in the days following the General Election – the highest level of optimism since December 2018.
Posted on Friday Jan 17

EIOPA publish their draft Solvency II review advice

Insurance Europe has today published its “Ambitions for Europe”, in which it sets out policy suggestions on four topics that reflect some of the key objectives of the new European Commission.
Posted on Thursday Jan 16

Research reveals January as the riskiest month for drivers

insurethebox data reveals January as the riskiest month of the year to drive – with motorists in Scotland, the North and West of England facing the highest risk
Posted on Tuesday Jan 14

Pet travel abroad could cost 152 percent more

With the Brexit deadline fast approaching, MoneySuperMarket has revealed the rise in the cost of pet travel if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Posted on Tuesday Jan 14

PMI launch Mentoring and Development Programme

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) has launched a Mentoring & Development Programme, delivered in conjunction with the Institute of Leadership and Management and sponsored by The People’s Pension.
Posted on Monday Jan 13

Pass Plus myth as drivers see zero change to their insurance

While it’s generally thought that taking the Pass Plus driving course can reduce your car insurance premium, new research by MoneySuperMarket today reveals that the average person sees no difference to the cost.
Posted on Friday Jan 10

134 drivers a week have licence revoked by poor eyesight

New analysis by Direct Line Motor Insurance reveals more than 134 drivers a week have their licence revoked by the DVLA because they can’t meet the minimum eyesight requirements to drive. In the period from January 2017 to September 2019, this amounts to a total of 19,644 drivers no longer able to get behind the wheel due to poor eyesight.
Posted on Friday Jan 10

Car insurance costs accelerate for older drivers

Older drivers have seen the steepest increase to their car insurance premium in the last 12 months when compared to other age groups, new research from data analytics experts Consumer Intelligence reveals.
Posted on Thursday Jan 9

Bushfire insurance losses will mount but remain manageable

Moody's Investors Service says in a new report that Australian property and casualty (P&C) insurers' losses from the bushfires will be manageable, given their strong underwriting performance, high level of reserve adequacy and capital, and strong reinsurance protection.
Posted on Thursday Jan 9

Growing trend of increased ransomware activity

The problems plaguing foreign exchange firm Travelex are just a taste of what the future of cyber-crime has to offer, given the continued expansion of ransomware trends. According to experts at CyberCube, the leader in cyber analytics for the global insurance industry, businesses need to prepare for ransomware attacks so widespread they could stifle economic growth in the short term.
Posted on Thursday Jan 9

Five reasons why employee benefits programmes can fail

Many employers will be looking to promote their employee benefits programmes in January in a bid to remind staff why they’re a good employer to work for, especially at a time when employees can get itchy feet.
Posted on Wednesday Jan 8

Insurers should protect health first and pay out second

Changing the primary focus of a protection scheme to be about maintaining good health & wellbeing, with financial protection being a secondary consideration, would be a more engaging proposition for customers, according to RedArc, so should be the priority for the industry in the coming year.
Posted on Tuesday Jan 7

The cost of dying is higher than ever

SunLife’s 2020 Cost of Dying report – the longest running and most respected study into funeral costs – is released today, revealing average funeral cost has risen 3.4% to £4,417
Posted on Monday Jan 6

Twice as many people would insure their pets over themselves

Brits are twice as likely to insure their pets as they are to take out income protection, Cirencester Friendly, the income protection provider, has found.
Posted on Monday Jan 6

The PRA publish their regulatory round up

The Prudential Regulation Authority’s round-up of December’s news and publications includes:
Posted on Friday Jan 3

Reinsurance markets diverge at renewal

Reinsurers have been judicious during the 1.1 renewal period, leading to significant pricing and capacity variance depending on geography, product line, loss record, and individual client relationships. As a result, the renewal season has concluded later than in previous years, according to the latest 1st View renewals report from Willis Re.
Posted on Thursday Jan 2

EIOPA identifies where risks for consumers remain high

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published, today, its 2019 Consumer Trends Report outlining major developments in the insurance and pensions sectors affecting European consumers.
Posted on Friday Dec 20

Two in five anticipate needing to learn new skills to adapt

Employees are cautious (29%) and uncertain (21%) about the prospect of workplace automation, according to new research from Canada Life Group Insurance.1 More than two in five (44%) anticipate needing to learn new skills to adapt and survive in an automated world.
Posted on Wednesday Dec 18

The Nightmare on Christmas

New research from Direct Line Home Insurance reveals Christmas Day is the day in December most likely to see a fire service in England called out to a property. The 25th sees a 12 per cent spike in callouts compared to the monthly average.
Posted on Wednesday Dec 18

Models must evolve to tackle silent cyber

The growing pressure on insurers to identity so-called ‘silent cyber’ risk hidden within traditional non-cyber insurance products must lead to changes in the way the industry’s cyber modelling tools are constructed. This is one of the conclusions of a new report on silent cyber risk published by CyberCube, the market-leading cyber risk analytics company for the insurance industry.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 17

Is mobile phone insurance worth it

This Christmas, thousands of people are expected to give or receive new mobile phones with the latest models costing up to £1,500. Defaqto weighs up whether mobile phone insurance or home insurance is better value.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 17

Forget Friday 13th as the most dangerous day to drive on

Forget Friday the 13th, new data from insurethebox is urging drivers to take extra care on the roads on Monday 16 December. Analysis of over 5 billion miles of driving data reveals it is the most likely day in December to have an accident, with the second highest number of accidents for the entire year. And the company is particularly concerned about the safety of young and inexperienced drivers who may be confronting wintry driving conditions for the first time.
Posted on Friday Dec 13

Mothers want employers to do more to get women back to work

Research from NOW: Pensions reveals that nearly half (46%)* of working mothers find achieving a work-life balance challenging. Nearly four in ten (38%) admit this is because they struggle to get the same amount of work done in fewer hours.
Posted on Thursday Dec 12

Proposed changes for IFRS17 focus on reinsurance contracts

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) met on Wednesday 11 December to begin the process of redeliberating some of the changes proposed in the Exposure Draft (ED), released on 26 June 2019, based on feedback received from stakeholders[1]. The IASB has decided to defer discussions on the effective date of IFRS 17 until the extent and complexity of all the amendments has been determined, expected end of February 2020.
Posted on Thursday Dec 12

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