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Ageas UK enters exclusive talks over Groupama’s UK non-life business

Ageas UK has entered into exclusive talks with Groupama UK regarding the sale of Groupama’s UK non-life insurance business.

Both parties have four weeks to conclude a deal before the exclusivity arrangement ends.

Ageas UK and Groupama refuse to give further comment.

Groupama Insurance offers car, motorcycle, home, travel, personal accident and commercial insurance with annual gross written premiums of £408m.


Thames River goes neutral on Japan

Thames River’s multi-manager team has cut Japan exposure across the range from overweight to neutral over concerns about the economy. The funds, run by managers Gary Potter and Rob Burdett, cut the allocation to Japan by reducing its Japan fund holdings around a month ago. Co-head of multi-manager Burdett explains the overweight position was a […]


Not just the banks: The FSA’s smaller firm incentive concerns

Advisers say the FSA investigation into sales incentive schemes will force firms operating a self-employed, volume-based model to review their compliance practices and introduce tougher sanctions for unsuitable advice. The regulator published a report yesterday following a year-long investigation into the way sales incentive schemes drive misselling. The FSA found 20 out of 22 firms […]

Reports suggest Draghi will propose ‘unlimited’ bond buying

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi is to propose ‘unlimited’ bond buying in a bid to help resolve the eurozone sovereign debt crisis, according to reports. Leaked plans ahead of the central bank’s rate decision meeting suggest the ECB would not follow British and American-styke quantitative easing with the ECB seeking to sterilise bond purchases […]


FSA launches crackdown on sales incentive schemes

The FSA is ordering financial services firms to overhaul their sales incentive schemes and pay appropriate redress following a year-long investigation into how such incentives drive misselling. The regulator has today published a report into the way misselling is motivated by high-volume, target-driven bonuses and pay structures. Between September 2010 and September 2011, the FSA […]

What exactly is product innovation?

By Fiona Tait, Pensions Specialist Ros Altmann reportedly hoped for more product innovation following pension freedom¹ and, according to one poll, 66 per cent of advisers also believe that providers should be doing more². This article considers whether there is a real client need for new products, or whether we should be focusing our attention on efficient delivery […]


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