Car insurance costs fall, but men still paying more

Some good news for hard-pressed motorists at last, as a report published today shows that competition is once again driving down the cost of car cover. According to the Confused/Towers Watson Index, premiums have fallen an average £60 – or 7.1 per cent – in the past 12 months.

Ohhhh no! Churchill Insurance did not want to insure a bulldog as it was too old

Advertising: Will you insure me?

Ohhh no, we can't insure your bulldog. This was the response from Churchill Insurance when Timothy Taylor, of Leicestershire, tried to get a quote to cover his six-year-old bulldog, Monty, who'd just been given a clean bill of health.

Women warned new EU rules will spark car insurance rises of 25%

Women drivers are warned they will see dramatic rises in insurance premiums ahead of gender legislation due to come into force at the end of the year.

Specialist life and travel cover for those with mental health issues

Mental illness affects up to one in four of us at some point, but one little-considered area where such conditions – however mild and transitory – can have a significant impact is in insuring your life, employment status and even your holiday.

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Simon Read: The real reason car insurance costs have soared? Backhanders

Car insurance appears to be a minefield of dodgy charges and blatant backhanders. This week the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) published evidence that showed insurers have been ramping up repair costs and the charge of hiring a replacement vehicle.

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It's wise to be insured if you holiday overseas, but check your policy, warns Neasa MacErlean.

No accident: car insurers accused of deliberate plot to drive up bills

Excessive repair and car hire rates between rival firms is forcing up cost of policies for drivers

Prudential set to buy Swiss Re's US arm

The insurance giant Prudential is set to get a little bigger after striking a deal to buy Swiss Re's US life insurance business for $621m (£400m) in cash.

Competition Commission to launch investigation into motor insurance market

Car insurers were facing a full-blown inquiry today over claims that their "dysfunctional" practices pushed up premiums by £225 million a year.

Cost of flooding could leave homes uninsurable

The annual cost of damage from flooding in England and Wales is set to reach £1bn for the first time this year, leaving some homeowners unable to insure their properties. That's according to property search firm SearchFlow, which claims the cost of individual major flooding events is also rising.

Debbie Bridgman received only £2,000 of £4,000 stolen due to excess clauses

Travellers put on alert over high insurance excess

Holidaymakers who have to claim on their travel insurance this summer have been warned that they could end up severely out of pocket because some policies have very high excess levels hidden in the small print.

Pet and household cover lift RSA

RSA, the country's biggest insurer, said 2012 got off to a "solid start" driven by good demand for household and pet insurance in the UK and strong sales in emerging markets, particularly Latin America.

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