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Marsh & McLennan Seeks Ways to Cut Tax as Competitors Shift to London

Marsh & McLennan Cos., the largest insurance broker by market value, is seeking ways to cut tax obligations as rivals shift to Europe, where rates are lower. “The search for tax efficiency for us started several years ago,” Dan Glaser, chief executive …

Willis CEO, Casserley, Opts Against Taking Severance Pay in Towers Watson Deal

Willis Group Holdings plc’s chief executive officer, who is taking a lesser role under the insurance broker’s planned merger with Towers Watson & Co., has opted against taking some compensation that he was entitled to get. “Dominic Casserley will not receive a …

Prices Start to Stabilize in UK Auto Market

Direct Line Insurance Group plc Chief Executive Officer Paul Geddes said the company had started to see prices stabilize in the U.K.’s competitive motor insurance market. Prices for its auto business were unchanged in the three months to Sept. 30, the Bromley, England-based insurer …

Towers Watson Predicts Moderate Global Growth, Downside Risks

Towers Watson says that overall global growth in the next three to five years will be moderate and divergent on a country basis, and risks to global growth are skewed to the downside in its report entitled “Secular Outlook 2014: …

Commercial Price Increase Slowdown Carried Into Q2 with Few Exceptions

Commercial insurance prices continued to moderate in the 2014 second quarter. This time, they inched up 3 percent in aggregate, versus a 4 percent increase in the first three months of this year, a new Towers Watson survey concluded. Thus …

Usage-Based Insurance Overcoming Privacy Concerns, Gaining Traction

Consumers as well as commercial fleet managers are becoming more accepting of usage-based insurance (UBI) in which a telematics device is used to track driving behavior as safety and savings benefits appear to be trumping concerns over privacy. Personal auto …

The Promise of Telemedicine to Pare Health Costs

Telemedicine could potentially deliver more than $6 billion a year in health care savings to U.S. companies, but only if the technology is widely-adopted. According to analysis by global professional services company Towers Watson, achieving this level of savings would …

Commercial Lines Prices Up Only 4% in Q1: Towers Watson

Commercial insurance prices increased by 4 percent in aggregate during the first quarter of 2014, marking the lowest level of growth since fourth-quarter 2011, according to a new survey by Towers Watson. The increase is a full percentage point lower …

Insurance Executives See Jump in Acquisitions Ahead

After a slowdown following the 2008 financial crisis, the volume of insurance mergers and acquisitions should increase over the next one to three years, according to North American insurance executives. A sizable 86 percent of those executives participating in a …

Alternative Capital Softening P&C Reinsurance Market: Towers Watson CFO Survey

A new survey from Towers Watson confirms that “over half (55 percent) of property & casualty (P&C) insurance chief financial officers (CFOs) believe the property reinsurance market is softer than the primary market, while more than one-third (34 percent) deem …