Association of British Insurers (ABI) News

UK Insurers, Brokers Applaud Government’s Decision Not to Hike Premium Tax

UK insurers and brokers have applauded the UK Treasury’s decision not to raise premium taxes, which currently has an annual price tag for each household of an average of £200 ($256.40), according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The …

UK Insurers, Businesses Urge Government Not to Raise Insurance Premium Tax – Again

UK insurers and businesses are urging the UK Treasury not to further penalize insurance customers by raising the insurance premium tax (IPT), which currently costs each household an average of £200 ($262) annually. The UK has the sixth highest IPT …

EU Action Needed to Ensure Post-Brexit Continuity of Cross-Border Insurance: UK

Britons living in the European Union could lose access to their UK bank account services and businesses on the continent could be cut off from investment banks in London if there is a no-deal Brexit, the British government said on …

Financial Services Industry Slams Latest UK Proposal for Post-Brexit EU Trade Ties

Britain’s financial industry slammed U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest proposal for Brexit, with some calling it the worst outcome possible. In some of their most forthright comments since the referendum vote in 2016, industry executives said Thursday that her …

UK Regulator Warns Insurers, Banks About Responsible Use of Customers’ Big Data

Britain’s banks and insurers must take the lead in spelling out how they will use data collected from customers or they could face new rules, Financial Conduct Authority Chair Charles Randell said on Wednesday. Financial firms have been using Big …

Avoiding Post-Brexit Chaos in Insurance Market Is Top Concern of Bank of England

Avoiding chaos in the insurance market due to Britain’s European Union exit is a top Bank of England priority and making sure cross-border contracts continue to pay out after Brexit is a major concern, its deputy governor Sam Woods said. …

Bank of England Will Not ‘Go Soft’ on Enforcing EU Solvency II Capital Rules

The Bank of England will not “go soft” on enforcing European Union capital rules for insurers, but will look at ways to make it easier for new entrants to boost competition in the industry, its deputy governor Sam Woods said …

Update: Messy Brexit Could Lead to ‘Contract Continuity’ Disruption for Insurers, Banks

As far as Brexit headaches go, Barclays Plc’s John McFarlane says that while his bank is on top of job relocations, he’s more concerned about rewriting “hundreds of thousands” of contracts. He’s not alone. Andrew Bailey, head of the U.K. …

Global Regulators’ Rethinking of Risk Assessment Welcomed by Large Insurers

Global regulators are rethinking how to assess risks in big insurance companies, marking a shift that could make life easier for the industry. The Financial Stability Board said on Tuesday it could take a different approach to assessing risk which …

Global Insurance Regulators Delay Implementation of International Capital Rule

Global regulators have given themselves more time to bridge transatlantic differences that have delayed the world’s first capital rule for insurers, raising a cheer in the sector. The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) said its members have agreed in …