Aviva News

Britain’s Vote to Leave EU Hikes Concerns over UK Insurers’ Capital Strength

Market falls triggered by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will hit British insurers’ capital, raising concerns over their ability to pay dividends or hand cash back to investors. New European capital Solvency II rules introduced in January require …

UK’s Insurance Act May Lead to More Intense Rate Competition: Fitch Wire

A new U.K. law, designed to make it harder for insurers to dispute commercial insurance claims, could lead to more intense price competition and slimmer margins for the sector, according to Fitch Ratings. The Insurance Act, due to take effect …

Re/Insurance CEOs Join Insurance Development Forum, UN & World Bank Initiative

A group of re/insurance and global broking CEOs are assisting the work of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF), which was launched last month to help build resilience to climate risk and natural disasters, while bridging the insurance protection gap for …

Global, Diversified Multiline Insurers Best Placed to Withstand Challenges: S&P

Global, diversified insurers are best positioned to withstand the industry’s top economic and competitive challenges, according to a report published by Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings. Geographic and product diversification help global multiline insurers (GMIs) cope with challenges such as …

Alberta Wildfire Could Become Canada’s Costliest Natural Catastrophe

A wildfire in the Alberta city of Fort McMurray is set to become the costliest ever Canadian natural disaster for insurers, with 1,600 buildings destroyed and another 19,000 under threat, analysts and industry sources say. The bill for insurers is …

CEO of UK-Based Aviva Paid $8M in 2015, More Than Double His 2014 Paycheck

British insurer Aviva chief executive Mark Wilson’s take-home pay more than doubled to 5.67 million pounds ($8.1 million) last year, after the purchase of rival Friends Life, Aviva’s annual report showed on Tuesday. Aviva completed the 5.6 billion pound acquisition …

UK’s Aviva Beefs Up Fraud Screening in Commercial Motor Business

Aviva detected fraud in almost 2,200 commercial motor policies in 2015, using various anti-fraud tools, the London-based insurer revealed. But the company is taking its fight against fraud to a new level — by screening all commercial motor policies at …

UK’s Aviva to Buy Royal Bank of Canada Unit for North America Expansion

Aviva Plc, the U.K.’s second-biggest insurer by market value, agreed to buy a home and auto insurer from Royal Bank of Canada for C$582 million ($402 million) to expand in North America. The purchase will increase Aviva’s policy sales in …

Aviva Canada Aims to Offer Ride-Sharing Insurance, with Uber Drivers in Mind

Aviva Canada aims to offer ride-sharing insurance to Ontario drivers who use their own vehicles to carry paying passengers starting next month, a service that could solve a major headache for ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. The Canadian subsidiary of Aviva plc …

Storm Frank Batters North Britain; Total Storm Losses Could Top $4.5 Billion

Torrential rain and gale force winds battered northern Britain on Wednesday, cutting power to thousands of homes and forcing some to evacuate flooded streets in the third major storm in a month. The Environment Agency said Britain had faced an …