Jeremy Warner: Confusion over deposit insurance

Outlook Yesterday's proposal from the Financial Services Authority to guarantee sums of up to £500,000 under the deposit compensation scheme so as to cover life- changing events such as the sale of a house looks sensible enough, but it is for the time being also completely irrelevant.

Scottish Widows sued again over company pensions

Life insurer Scottish Widows has been issued with two further writs from former corporate clients alleging the firm offered negligent advice over their pension schemes.

FSA launches inquiry into Resolution's Cowdery

Watchdog investigates 'certain actions' at the time of the takeover by Pearl

AIG in rescue deal amid big losses

American International Group (AIG) posted a record $61.7bn (£43.87bn) quarterly loss today and got a new but not necessarily final government bailout after officials concluded again that letting the insurer fail would threaten the world financial system.

Jeremy Warner: Another Aviva disappointment

Outlook Norwich Union has spent a packet trying to convince us that it makes sense to change its name to that of its parent company Aviva. Now it proposes to slash the windfall that with-profits policyholders were to have got from the inherited estate. Aviva, Norwich Union, it matters not to downtrodden life fund investors. Every statement seems to bring more bad news.

Resolution bucks the trend with £600m capital raising

Cowdery's acquisition vehicle targets life insurance

It's your funeral, so don't let the costs rise too high

As cremation and burial expenses soar, Nargis Ahmad and Julian Knight report on the prepayment plans that can help protect your legacy

James Daley: It's time to get rid of commission for good

Payment protection insurance has been giving the financial services industry a bad name for far too long. It's overpriced, hard to claim on, and is often completely inappropriate for the unsuspecting consumers who are sold it.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Cowdery recruits former FSA boss for new venture

Round at the Financial Services Authority, John Tiner is still referred to as "the lucky regulator" on account of the timing of his departure as chief executive. He managed to hand over to the present incumbent, Hector Sants, literally weeks before the Northern Rock balloon went up, and thereby largely escaped the public opprobrium heaped on the City watchdog since for its apparent failure in adequately regulating the banking sector.

The longer the seller lives, the less that investors will make

Kate Hughes looks at 'death futures', the funds that seek a profit on the policies of the terminally ill

Standard Life profits rise by 51 per cent with help of reinsurance deal

Standard Life's profits beat forecasts yesterday but the life insurer warned that the outlook for the sector was impossible to call in difficult markets.

Barclays sells life assurance unit to Swiss Re

Barclays Bank is to further improve its capital funding through the sale of its life assurance business to Swiss Re, the Swiss reinsurance group.

Into thin air: Did Steve Fossett fake his own death?

Last September, America's great aviation daredevil took off on a routine solo flight, and was never seen again. Now, as allegations of an elaborate double life begin to emerge, investigators are questioning whether he really died – or even crashed – at all. In Nevada, Guy Adams pieces together the evidence

Offer to Norwich Union life policyholders

Payments averaging £1,000 are to be offered to one million policyholders in two of Norwich Union Life's with-profit funds, insurer Aviva said today.

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