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Aegon UK launches IHT-focused whole of life policy
20 October, 2014 Aegon UK has launched a whole of life protection policy designed to provide money to help cover an inheritance tax (IHT) bill payable on a customer’s estate when they die.
  • AIA, MetLife may bid to acquire NAB's life insurance business
    17 October, 2014 Hong Kong-based AIA Group and MetLife, a US insurer, are reportedly among the potential firms to place bids for National Australia Bank's (NAB)'s life insurance operations, which may be valued at approximately A$1.5bn ($1.3bn).
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Watchdog: Germany's Life Insurance Reform Act “intransparent” and “undemocratic”
04 September, 2014 Pushed through during an otherwise soccer-happy summer that saw the German national team go from strength to strength, the German Life Insurance Reform Act raised a host of offside flags with consumer watchdogs that are claiming that consumers’...
  • UK's Retail Distribution Review: short-term pain, long-term gain
    02 September, 2014 The Retail Distribution Review has drastically reduced the number of IFAs—who account for much of the life segment’s distribution. However, due to better quality of advice, and a reduction in mis-selling, consumer confidence is expected to...
  • Weak economics hamper the French life insurance industry
    02 September, 2014 While the French insurance industry is the world’s fifth largest and Europe’s second largest, weak economics, high taxes and lack of reform placed pressure on the industry, according to the Life Insurance in France, Key Trends and Opportunities to...
  • Germany: Legal changes in Europe’s powerhouse
    02 September, 2014 Growth was influenced by improvements in the overall economic framework, improved penetration rates, intense competition and mandatory insurance policies. A rise in the average healthcare cost per household also contributed, according to the Life...
  • Hungary - turning a corner
    02 September, 2014 The government has implemented a number of economic reforms last year, which it hopes will improve the business environment and lead to sustained growth. While it is too early to assess their impact on the industry, Hungary might have turned the...
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Ensuring success in Asia through human capital
21 November, 2012 Pagan Van, managing partner of executive search firm CTPartners in Hong Kong, gives an insightful overview on the latest trends in insurance recruitment in Asia and explains why Vietnam and Indonesia are drawing particular interest from...
  • Code of conduct under scrutiny
    18 October, 2012 LifeSearch, a UK protection intermediary, has warned against the poor industry selling practices of other distributors and the "laissez faire approach to the quality of distribution" by some product providers. Kevin Carr, chief executive of...
  • Emotional engagement: the new frontier for protection coverage
    18 October, 2012 The protection gap in the UK for mortality and morbidity products is enormous. Over the years, many wise men and women have considered, debated and cogitated at length over the reasons for this: “Underwriting puts people off”; “It’s too...
  • The power of enterprise social networking
    17 October, 2012 James Fabricant, CEO and Founder of IdeaPlane, an enterprise social network, and former MySpace International executive, explains how enterprise social networking can change the way financial industries communicate.
  • Get set for G-Day’s impact on underwriting
    10 October, 2012 The EU gender directive means that from 21 December 2012, which is known as ‘G-Day’, premiums and benefits for all new insurance contracts will have to be calculated on a gender-neutral basis. Insurance spans a wide range of contracts that...
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