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You can bet your life this policy will end in tears

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Complaints shock for insurers

Nearly 60 per cent of people who have complained to their life insurer or pension provider in the past year thought their complaint was handled poorly, the Association of British Insurers' annual customer satisfaction survey has revealed.

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Norwich Union accused of being tightfisted over surplus cash

Norwich Union's latest offer to distribute £2.3bn in accrued excess assets to more than a million policyholders and shareholders has been dismissed as tight-fisted by consumer group Which?.

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As it issues new guidelines on health-related policies, James Moore asks if the insurance industry is doing enough to protect its customers

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