Category Archives: Auto

Auto Liability Market Trends: Q4 2013

Auto Liability: Q4 2013

Primary North American auto rate increases are averaging +3.3% countrywide, which continues a downward trend from +3.9% last quarter and +4.2% for the second quarter. Continue reading →

Which Cars Thieves Prefer–and How to Protect Yours

Car Thief

After traveling approximately 820,000 miles commuting to work during my career, my attitude toward my vehicles has always been pretty pragmatic–occasionally veering into the phlegmatic when broken down on the highway.  But when the National Insurance Crime Bureau reported the … Continue reading →

North American Insurance Buyers Facing Improved Market Conditions

Marketplace Realities: 2014

Property insurance rates are coming down, and the upward rate pressure on many other lines of business is easing. This is the word from Willis North America’s Marketplace Realities, the longstanding semiannual publication predicting price movement and key trends for … Continue reading →

The Automotive Sector Continues to Suffer from Supply Chain Issues

Supply chain issues are once again in the spotlight after media reports have emerged that owners are angry at having to wait months for supplies of critical car parts. Continue reading →

Can Ignorance be a Defence for Directors?

This headline in the Los Angeles Times of 28th August 2013 caught my attention: Toyota executive testifies in acceleration case: “I am not very technical”. The article is about the testimony of Toyota’s US CEO, James Lentz in a suit brought … Continue reading →

EU Rules on Gender-Neutral Pricing Ignore the Statistics

On International Women’s Day this year many European women may be feeling slightly lighter in the pocket due to one of the European Union (EU)’s latest dictats. As from 21st December 2012, insurers in the EU are no longer allowed to … Continue reading →

EU Rules on Gender-Neutral Pricing in Insurance Industry Enter into Force

From 21st December 2012, insurers in the EU are no longer allowed to discriminate between men and women when charging motor insurance premiums. Continue reading →

Kids Away At College? Auto Insurance Discount is One Way to Save Money

Auto Insurance for Graduates

We all knew the day would come when your beautiful newborn baby would eventually turn into an invincible teenager eager to get her license, and you dreaded it. We also knew that one day that teenager would eventually make her … Continue reading →

Driving Down the Age, Driving Up the Risks?

The Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood this week made proposals that would impact young drivers: Reduce the age at which a learner can begin driving lessons, and possibly obtain a full license, to 16 Allow learner drivers to practice … Continue reading →