Insurance Age - 2010-11-30

Agenda: Insurance and the state

The insurance industry and the state are inextricably entwined with a large number of common interests but competing in a number of areas in looking after the wellbeing of citizens and businesses. On a macro basis, the need for insurance in a communist…

The interview: Spreading the word

Although officially retired from the industry, Reg Brown remains full of ambition. Liz McMahon talks to the former president of the CII about his community work, formation of the MGAA and, of course, the London Phoenix Orchestra.

Reportage - training delivery: Digital vs. face to face

Traditionally, training has been about face-to-face contact but there has recently been an increase in online offerings, which claim to provide the same quality of tuition with less cost and increased convenience. Edward Murray looks at the pros and cons…

Expo workshop highlights need for Risk Transfer consistency

Brokers must put pressure on the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and individual insurers to adopt a consistent approach to Risk Transfer wordings within their Terms of Business Agreements (TOBA), according to compliance expert Branko Bjelobaba.

FSCS review put on back burner

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has put plans to overhaul the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) on hold in the wake of this year's sharp levy hike.

Referral fee income to stay

Legal experts have predicted that referral fees in personal injury cases will continue to exist in some form even if the Government decides to implement an outright ban on their use.

Power hour: Calling in the experts?

This month's debate, with live interaction from Twitter, ascertains what value MGAs bring to brokers' businesses and the wider market. Are they simply another mouth to feed or the specialists that insurers and brokers need to service a diverse client…

Product update: Sunworld travel disruption

A new product designed to protect travellers against the insolvency of travel agents and tour operators and the disruption caused by increasingly severe weather events, has been launched.

Polly C - the hottest insurance gossip

Hearing the term restrictive covenant in the bars and restaurants surrounding Leadenhall Street will always make a broker sit up and listen and Polly is no different.

Regional review: Way out west

An area that sometimes falls off the radar, Louise Meeson surveys brokers and insurers in Wales and the South West to discover many have been shielded from the worst of the economic crisis.

Broker Expo 2010 review: Exceeding expectations

A record number of brokers flocked to Coventry's Ricoh Arena to attend last month's Broker Expo. Louise Meeson reports on why the event just keeps on getting better. If you weren't there, here's what you missed

Editor's comment - December 2010

As our front page shows, the prospect of mandatory commission disclosure appears to be receding. I'm not a broker so I can't really make any truly informed comment on the rights or wrongs of this. However, I'm a journalist and, by extension, nosey.

News review: November 2010

IAG UK-owned broker Barnett & Barnett almost doubled its size to £50m gross written premium, with a move for a controlling stake in Bromley-based commercial and personal lines specialist NBJ.

Viewpoint: Technically speaking

With the success of the iPad and Lloyd's plans to trial the replacement of traditional underwriting slips, Martin Eves asks whether new technology can be incorporated to benefit the insurance industry or if it is more often a case of hype over substance

Reportage - CII training: The value of training

The CII has an enviable reputation for promoting professionalism in the industry, however there is a sentiment in some parts of the market that it is more concerned with making money. Louise Phillips weighs up the true value of its training structure.