Clearing its name

With the banking sector in the world's bad books at the moment, what effect will this have on the insurance industry? This month, Jessica Pothering asks the panel how insurance can save face

A test of initiative

This month, Michelle Worvell asks the panel if Biba's professional indemnity initiative has succeeded and whether brokers should be allowed to arrange their own PI cover

Tough at the top

Martin Friel chairs an in-depth power hour that covers burning issues from recruitment, the state of the regional market in Ipswich, the national picture for insurers and brokers and how the industry will exit its current phase in the cycle

Scam busters

With the news that Axa has set up a specialist anti-fraud team and begun investigating more than 400 motor accident cases in which fraudulent activity has been suspected, MichelleWorvell asks if the industry is winning the fight against fraud and what…

Scam busters

With the news that Axa has set up a specialist anti-fraud team and begun investigating more than 400 motor accident cases in which fraudulent activity has been suspected, MichelleWorvell asks if the industry is winning the fight against fraud and what…

The question of next year

As 2008 draws to a close, Michelle Worvell asks a roundtable of leading industry players how they expect key aspects of the industry to fare in the coming year

Cut the small talk

The Welsh insurance market may seem overshadowed by its UK parent but businesses in the area are determined to maintain their local characteristics. This month, Insurance Age travels to Swansea to discover what makes the market tick

Giving credit where it's due

The strained relationship between insurers and credit-hire organisations has put the agreed industry standard on rates in jeopardy. Now, insurers have turned to bilateral agreements with rival companies as a way to reduce costs but many argue that it is…

Dare to dream

Owning a second home overseas is a dream for many British people, but their level of understanding of their duty of care for guests is minimal, especially with regard to health & safety. This power hour explores the difficulties of catering for this…

Alive and kicking

Many in the Norwich market claim business in the area is healthy, with local brokers proud of their strong relationships with insurers and customers alike. This month's discussion explores its unique trading features and how one insurer has helped to…

Aggregated assault

The Financial Services Authority's recent investigation into aggregator sites said there was 'mixed evidence' in the clarity, fairness and accuracy of information given to customers. This discussion looks into the outcome of the regulator's report and…

Postcards from the edge

Earlier this year, Allianz Insurance UK chief executive officer Andrew Torrance said the 'reserve release holiday' was coming to an end, while Deloitte revealed that insurers made record reserve releases of £800m from the prior year's claim reserves to…

When worlds collide

Determined to set itself apart from the UK, and feeling the pressure of a soft market, the Northern Irish insurance sector is in the midst of redefining its boundaries. Insurance Age travelled to Belfast to host this month's discussion

A law unto themselves

In January, Insurance Age revealed that the Legal Services Act would liberalise the strict ownership rules governing law firms, and could pave the way for brokers and insurers to buy or set up their own in-house practices. This month's discussion looks…

A fleeting moment in history

With cost control and duty of care on the top of the agenda, what is the insurance industry doing to support the motor fleet sector? This month's discussion highlights the role of fleet managers in keeping accidents - and claims - at bay

Northern exposure

This month's discussion highlights the Glasgow market, and how Scottish brokers have traditionally operated locally - but has the time come for this relatively small market to source business elsewhere?

Winning the war on price

Allianz Insurance has confirmed that it is intending to put up commercial rates in 2008, and Royal & SunAlliance has dramatically increased its personal lines revenues, but does this activity indicate the start of a rates revival?

Keeping the spirit alive

The insurance industry has always struggled to attract fresh talent, and there are fears that consolidation in the market is dampening entrepreneurial spirit. However, is it all doom and gloom for the future of the market?

Deep inside the dragons' den

Cardiff's insurance market has experienced its share of ups and downs, but the Welsh capital is now determined to promote itself as a niche area and forge new business relationships. This month's Power Hour looks into the hopes of insurance firms in the…

The lines are blurred

This month's discussion looks into the multitude of insurance distribution models in the market, and whether any insurers have developed a successful strategy

A market in the making

The Leeds insurance market has undergone significant change during the past 20 years, and it is increasingly being recognised by brokers of all sizes as a hot spot for new business. This month's discussion focuses how the city is evolving in the current…

Fighting to survive

Brokers are feeling the heat following recent moves by direct insurers and banks to gain a foothold in the small to medium-sized enterprise market, but is this as big a threat as many believe? This month's discussion looks at how brokers can hold their…

All part of the service

The debate surrounding the effectiveness of underwriting portfolio management has stepped up a pace following Norwich Union's decision to adopt this style. This month's Power Hour discussion touches on the benefits of portfolio management, its place in…

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