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Low rates not hurting NZ life insurers

NZ life insurers not affected by low interest rates causing capital erosion for international insurers

IAG: the new cash settlement expert

Cameron Preston questions IAG's insurance cash settlement drive in Canterbury 

A duty to take all 'practicable steps'

Two Russell McVeagh solicitors explain why Jason Krupp may have been a little too hasty to criticise WorkSafe for their stance on the MSD tragedy

IAG pushing Canterbury quake claimants to cash settle

IAG trying to speed up Canterbury quake claim settlements by dumping customers from its repair/rebuild programme and cash settling; Lawyers outline the legalities

Meth: the pandemic infecting the property market

How to avoid P-ridden properties burning holes in your pockets; Will property owners be legally obliged to disclose contamination in LIMs?

The free market comes to insurance

Andrew Hooker says the consumer is the winner - for now - from insurers flip flopping over sum insured policies

What lies beneath: insurance brokers and advisors

How to ensure your insurance broker/advisor isn't compromising your interests for the benefit of their own back pocket

Heed the warnings

We are following the weather forecast charts for Cyclone Pam as the prospect for a major tropical storm develops

Life insurance: you get what you pay for

Perks and loopholes to be aware of when buying life insurance. We compare life insurance offered by a range of insurers

What do we want to achieve by cutting emmissions?

Emissions Trading Scheme or Carbon Tax? The Australian experience and the lessons for New Zealand

Govt eyes unclogging High Court of quake cases

Government consulting on whether to give independent dispute resolution bodies more power to handle costly insurance-related disputes 

A 'she'll be right' attitude towards life insurance

Why New Zealanders are bucking the Asian trend by caring more about insuring their belongings than themselves

Health insurers compared

We kick-off comparisons between insurance providers with a look at what's on offer from health insurers

AIA launches rental payment protection

Insurer AIA introduces rent insurance as home ownership numbers decline

Rising sea level warnings on LIMs?

Commissioner warns property owners that banks and insurers are focusing more on risks of rising sea levels; LIM warnings possible; Maps being drawn up

NZ Super Fund sues Portugal's central bank

Goldman Sachs arranged US$150m (about NZ$200m) Portuguese loan turns sour for NZ Super Fund as gloves come off

Lumley acquisition boosts IAG NZ

IAG NZ's interim profit more than doubles boosted by Lumley takeover, with gross written premiums up 22%; Says NZ market is 'highly competitive'

Are we being too hard on EQC?

Lloyd's of London backs EQC as insurers take aim at it, feels the pinch globally from low interest rates

Canterbury quake insurance payouts still a slog

Forty-three percent of 'over cap' personal Canterbury earthquake insurance claims remain unsettled as new claims continue to roll in

Record ASB interim profit

ASB interim profit up 7% with chunky dividends, net interest margin up 15bps, cost to income ratio down 150bps; CBA's Narev says weak Aussie confidence a significant economic threat