Taking action to break the pleural plaques claims cycle

This month's Power Hour looks at the issue of pleural plaques claims including what responsibilities the industry has and what action should be taken in order to stop an avalanche of possibly spurious asbestos-related claims from arising in the coming…

Postcode lottery raises household flood barriers

This month's Power Hour, which took place at the DAS offices in Bristol, focuses on new levels of information and resources available to insurers involved in assessing flood-risk, and asks if this new information is specific enough to meet the needs of…

Premium finance: great in theory but will it take-off?

The month's Power Hour, in association with Groupama Insurances, focuses on premium finance as an add-on for brokers' business and discusses why, if it is such a good deal, are more brokers not using it? And is there a way to make it a more exciting…

The final countdown to FSA regulatory reform

The month's Power Hour, in association with Groupama Insurances, focuses on the various areas of the new regulatory regime that the panellists think the Financial Services Authority will look to change from 14 January in its first year as statutory…

Are brokers ready for the direct SME threat?

This month's Power Hour panellists discuss whether brokers will be able to flourish, or even survive, in light of the threat they are facing from firms writing small-enterprise policies directly. Will it mean cutting prices further - at the expense of…

Reassessing the role of risk in the broker market

This month's Power Hour panellists discuss whether the majority of brokers can continue to get by with only a basic knowledge of risk management or if it is time to update their practices in order to offer a more professional and expert service to their…

Were things so much better in the old days?

This month's Power Hour panellists discuss the past 25 years of broking and examine what has changed since they first started in the industry. They look at the improvements in technology and how broking has evolved for the better, as well as for the worst

Is it time to ignore the prophets of rate doom?

This month's Power Hour panellists discuss the implications of talking down rates and ask if it is a necessary aspect of good business practice to prepare for the worst, or actually an overly negative action that hits profits and becomes a self-fulfiling…

Bright young things looking to the future

This month's Power Hour brought together a Manchester based panel of twenty-somethings from all areas of the industry to discuss what initially attracted them to insurance, how to attract other young achievers and ways to improve insurer/broker…

What is the future for rehabilitation?

This month's Power Hour panellists discuss the burning issue of rehabilitation; including its definition in today's market and the key role that brokers have to play in helping to encourage a far wider take-up for the benefit of policyholders, insurers…

The search for a silver service from insurers

This month's Power Hour, the first to be held in the regions, looks at whether service standards are as bad as some people think. Four brokers and four insurers debated at the Biba conference the challenges of broker to insurer and broker to client…

FSA's secondary market stance causes confusion

This month's Power Hour panellists discuss the implications of the Financial Services Authority's stance on secondary insurance. Does it offer an opportunity for brokers and if it does, how easy will it be for them to take advantage of the often…

More broker drive required if motor is to pass its MOT

This month's Power Hour panellists discuss the implications of the motor insurance price war which has taken few prisoners and led to the one-size-fits-all policy. Has this situation led to an opportunity for brokers to provide a value added motor…

The offshore vision may show a lack of foresight

This month's Power Hour panellists discuss the implications of moves to offshore servicing, which is seen by more and more UK insurers as inevitable. But who really benefits, and what are the hidden drawbacks?

Confusion reigns over rapid network growth

This month's Power Hour panellists consider the issues brokers are facing with the growing number of networks, the impact it is having on their businesses and whether or not they provide any benefits to the small broker

Now where there's a claim, there's blame

Claims Direct and The Accident Group have gone - but what does that mean for personal injury awards, the legal expenses market, and the growth of the so-called 'claims culture'? Seven Power Hour panellists debate the issues

Private medical cover: how healthy a market?

Take-up of private health insurance is currently only running at just over 10% of the population. Now, as increased funding for the NHS comes in, the Power Hour panel addresses the question: how will the sector's future develop?

Inert bodies

This month, three representatives from professional institutions anda marketing expert get together to evaluate - and criticise - the role andperformance of the insurance industry's various trade associations

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