Moody's warns OFT motor referral will "hurt profitability"

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Last week, the OFT's decision to refer motor was largely welcomed by the insurance industry.

But the credit rating agency cautioned that the commission's investigation - which could last up to two years - is "credit negative".

In a research note, Moody's associate analyst Helena Pavicic explained: "At a minimum it [the investigation] will create uncertainty for the industry and more significantly could result in lower motor premium rates.

"A reduction in revenue from lower premium would hurt

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