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Insurtech MGA Hippo to Buy Its Carrier Partner Spinnaker Insurance

Home insurance insurtech agency Hippo plans to acquire New Jersey-based Spinnaker Insurance Co., an insurer with which it has has had a three-year partnership. The deal, first reported by Carrier Management, is designed to help Hippo – a managing general …

Swiss Re’s iptiQ and IKEA Partner to Offer Home insurance

Swiss Re’s iptiQ and IKEA announced the launch of HEMSÄKER, home insurance that provides accessible protection at an affordable price, said Swiss Re in a statement. HEMSÄKER, which can be purchased online via the IKEA website, was created to extend …

U.K. Personal Lines Insurers May Face Curbs on Price Hikes Slapped on Renewal Policies

U.K. home and car insurers could be stopped from jacking up prices when customers’ policies come up for renewal as the country’s financial-markets watchdog clamps down on an industry that’s not giving a “good deal” to about 6 million customers. …

With Smarter, Joined-Up Pricing, There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Risk: Viewpoint

It’s a well-trodden truth in our industry that not all risks are created equal, and for insurers, that some risks are riskier than others. However, new technologies mean new avenues of innovation for insurers to explore, providing opportunities to drastically …

UK Household Insurers, Banks Face Action for Overcharging Customers

Providers in the U.K.’s markets for cash savings, mortgages, insurance, mobile phone contracts and broadband are burdening customers with a “loyalty penalty” of around 4 billion pounds ($4.4 billion) a year, the Competition and Markets Authority said. Vulnerable people, including …

Some UK Insurers May Be Forced to Adjust Motor, Home Insurance Prices: Fitch

Some UK insurers may be forced to change how they set their prices for motor and home insurance as a result of a regulatory investigation next year, according to Fitch Ratings. Insurers have been accused of overcharging customers who do …

UK Regulator to Probe Personal Lines Providers for Overcharging Customers

Telecoms and financial services companies face an investigation by Britain’s competition regulator after consumer body Citizens Advice complained that customers who do not switch providers were being “ripped off” . Such customers were being overcharged 4.1 billion pounds ($5.2 billion) …

UK MGA Plum Opens Underwriting, Support Center in Basildon, England

Plum Underwriting, the specialist home insurance managing general agent in the UK market, has opened an underwriting and service center as part of its strategy to support continued growth. The center, located in Basildon, England, brings together underwriting, claims, pricing, …

Munich Re, Aviva Ventures Invest in UK Connected Home Insurer Neos

Neos, a UK connected home insurer, announced last week it has secured a £5 million (roughly $6.4 million) series A investment led by Aviva Ventures together with strategic partner Munich Re. The strategic investment accelerates Neos’ growth as the UK’s …

Britain Raises Insurance Premium Tax to 10% to Fund Flood Defenses

Britain’s finance minister George Osborne said on Wednesday he would raise the tax on motor and home insurance premiums by 0.5 percentage points to 10 percent to fund flood defenses, boosting insurance shares as the rise was smaller than anticipated. …