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Auto-enrolment in UK provides protection opportunity
30 October, 2014 The ongoing introduction of workplace pensions auto-enrolment in the UK is triggering reviews of wider employee benefits, such as group income protection, according to research from MetLife Employee Benefits.
  • ALC Health to open new office in Gibraltar
    30 October, 2014 International health insurance provider, ALC Health, is in the process of opening a new office in Gibraltar and also plans future expansion in Hong Kong and the Middle East.
  • Life insurers in France urged to cut payout rates
    29 October, 2014 The head of the French central bank, Christian Noyer, has reportedly called on life insurers in France to cut the payout rates they offer policyholders in order to avoid getting squeezed as interest rates fall.
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Latest Features

Recovery and rising middle classes bolster Mexican industry
24 October, 2014 Mexico’s economy benefits from the pick-up in the US, which increases the momentum of its own recovery and the rise of its middle class, according to the Life Insurance in Mexico, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2018 report, available on the...
  • 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...
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Blogs

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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