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  1. August 17, 2014

    UK insurance: hard driving

    Buying car insurance in the UK is a little like screening stocks. Punch your details into the computer and it spits out some...

  2. August 15, 2014

    Be honest about Network Rail’s £34bn debt

    Network Rail, that phoenix from the ashes of Railtrack, was set up as a “not for profit” company. Well, it has certainly...

  1. August 13, 2014

    L&G’s exit leaves trade bodies existentially challenged

    Have trade associations outlived their purpose? Legal & General evidently thinks so. It has quit the Association of British...

  2. August 13, 2014

    FTSE edges higher as financials rally

    Insurers topped and tailed the FTSE 100 on Wednesday as Prudential continued to win support after its results in the...

  3. August 13, 2014

    Admiral bond offering questioned as profits show little growth

    Shares in Admiral dropped as much as 8 per cent on Wednesday as concerns grew that the car insurer had turned to the debt...

  4. July 28, 2014

    Dividend run warning keeps Admiral flat

    Admiral, the motor insurer, has increased its dividend for nine straight years. According to Morgan Stanley, that run could...

  5. July 16, 2014

    Insurance price comparison websites ‘failing’, says FCA regulator

    Price comparison websites are increasing the risk of consumers buying inappropriate insurance cover by not providing vital...

  6. July 9, 2014

    Admiral and Aviva slide under pressure

    Shares in two of Britain’s biggest insurers Admiral and Aviva came under selling pressure on Wednesday after a series of...

  7. July 9, 2014

    Admiral leads London insurers lower

    Car insurance group Admiral was the biggest faller on London’s FTSE 100 in opening trade on Wednesday after it said it...

  8. May 20, 2014

    Reed Elsevier closes in on ‘black box’ tech deal

    Reed Elsevier is closing in on the acquisition of a “black box” technology company that will allow the FTSE 100 media group...

  9. March 5, 2014

    A wolf of Threadneedle St would damage City abroad

    It would be odd if admirers of Jordan Belfort, the so-called “wolf of Wall Street”, aspired to work at the Bank of England...

  10. March 5, 2014

    Admiral dips into reserves to prop up earnings

    The motor insurer Admiral has endured its first decline in revenues in two decades but propped up annual profits by dipping...

  11. January 27, 2014

    Admiral Insurance’s success sets it apart in Wales

    The cost of car insurance is not normally central to political debates on the cost of living, but David Stevens, chief...

  12. January 23, 2014

    Confused signals on UK motor premiums

    If investors in UK motor insurers have been trying to work out what is happening to the nation’s premiums, they can be...

  13. January 17, 2014

    Signs car insurance price war is easing

    Shares in UK motor insurers rallied on Friday after a closely watched premium index indicated a price war in the industry...

  14. November 10, 2013

    Companies diary: November 11 – November 17

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  15. September 11, 2013

    FTSE treads water ahead of UK jobless data

    London investors were cautious ahead of the UK employment data release, with demand for drugmakers, telecoms stocks and...

  16. August 29, 2013

    Admiral avoids price war

    Admiral demonstrated its reluctance to take part in an industry price war as the FTSE 100 motor insurer disclosed a 7 per...

  17. July 31, 2013

    Competition fears weigh on Admiral

    Admiral lagged behind a rising London market on competition fears. Admiral slipped from a two-year high as investors picked...

  18. June 26, 2013

    Direct Line: cost control

    Getting an initial public offering away can be a nervous, touch-and-go affair. So everybody involved in the flotation of...

  19. May 8, 2013

    Esure holds its own in fierce sector

    Esure’s inaugural results as a listed company have provided fresh evidence of its efforts to advance in the motor insurance...

  20. May 3, 2013

    Direct Line sees no problem increasing dividend payout

    Direct Line, which is among the UK’s highest yielding mid-cap stocks, said it was confident of sustaining its dividend...

  21. May 1, 2013

    FTSE resource stocks shrug off China data

    Further signs of a weakening Chinese economy are not stark enough to prevent London’s heavily weighted resource stocks from...

  22. April 29, 2013

    Reinsurers extend key Admiral contracts

    Reinsurers that take on a large part of the underwriting risk from Admiral have extended the contracts that underpin the UK...

  23. April 25, 2013

    Admiral puts the brakes on number of cars covered

    Admiral is facing questions about its ability to raise earnings and dividend payments after the number of vehicles it...

  24. March 6, 2013

    Probe should shake up payday lenders

    The Office of Fair Trading is looking busy. With little more than a year before the competition watchdog – oddly responsible...

  25. March 6, 2013

    Admiral says big payouts are sustainable

    Admiral has issued a fresh defence of its business model after the motor insurer disclosed plans to pay about £250m in...

  26. March 6, 2013

    Tesco chief praised for turnround effort

    Tesco rallied to its best level since last year’s profit warning on Wednesday as analysts backed the group to regain...

  27. January 21, 2013

    Admiral leads FTSE 100 on Goldman boost

    Admiral Group was the best single gainer on a modestly higher FTSE 100 on Monday after positive broker comment on the stock....

  28. December 30, 2012

    Wales eyes numbers in financials push

    City traders are normally thought of as fast-talking Londoners. But if the regional government in Cardiff has its way,...

  29. December 28, 2012

    Insurers lead FTSE 100 declines

    The FTSE 100’s fall from some of its best levels of 2012 broadened on Friday, as traders continued to sell riskier holdings,...

  30. December 19, 2012

    FTSE 100 narrowly misses fresh year-high

    Admiral Group was among the gainers as the FTSE 100 flirted with its highest level in 17 months. The auto insurer jumped 4.5...

  31. December 14, 2012

    FTSE 100 stays within reach of year high

    The FTSE 100’s slow and sustained end of year progress back towards its 2012 peak stumbled again on Friday, but the index...

  32. December 9, 2012

    Welsh capital’s financial fortunes flourish

    Cardiff has seen a 60 per cent rise in financial services jobs during the past decade – a faster rise than any other British...

  33. November 9, 2012

    Admiral leaps on signal of huge dividend

    Hopes of bumper dividend helped Admiral bounce from a nine-month low Friday. The auto insurer rose 3.4 per cent to £10.54...

  34. November 2, 2012

    Motor insurers endure further pressure

    The challenges facing UK motor insurers have been underscored by the two biggest companies in the sector unveiling weaker...

  35. October 29, 2012

    Hargreaves Lansdown slips on downgrade

    Hargreaves Lansdown was the biggest single faller on a neutral FTSE 100, after a broker rating downgrade chimed with a more...

  36. October 7, 2012

    Investors probe Direct Line model

    Bankers handling the flotation of Direct Line have three days left to persuade investors to buy shares in the insurance...

  37. September 4, 2012

    Women urge change in business thinking

    Margaret Johnson is one of the women who have made it to the top: she is the group chief executive of Leagas Delaney, an...

  38. August 30, 2012

    Insurers face pain, Admiral chief says

    Aggressive pricing and rising customer claims are likely to weigh on UK motor insurers for at least another six months, the...

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