Insurance

Is pet insurance a worthwhile investment?

5 January 2018 19:03

We are famously a nation of animal lovers, so I suppose it’s not too surprising that one in two British…

Trust is shattered and premiums are rising. Insurance Brokers must seize the moment

18 October 2017 15:11

It’s no secret that insurance premiums are rising. It’s also no secret that some insurance firms drive customers around the…

How much is your child’s schoolbag worth? The answer might surprise you

7 September 2017 15:07

As a new school term starts, this often spells an expensive shopping list for parents. School uniforms that no longer…

How to avoid a holiday from hell

19 June 2017 12:25

As the UK basks in beautiful sunshine, it’s tempting to abandon all thoughts of a holiday abroad and opt for…

There’s a shed-load of valuables in your garden, but are you insured?

16 May 2017 14:51

Ah, Chelsea. Or in my case, ah, Tatton. It’s that time of year again when the Royal Horticultural Society revs up…

Water, water everywhere: we spend £707 million a year fixing damage caused by our neighbours

10 May 2017 12:16

As I watched the water creep across the kitchen floor, powerless to prevent a mini tsunami, I had an inkling…

Over 50s refused finance and insurance because of their age

29 March 2017 12:19

As I edge up my 40s, I’m fast becoming aware that getting older isn’t much fun. Whether it’s squinting at…

Being boring has shielded the insurance industry for far too long

10 November 2016 11:31

The insurance industry is the boring uncle of the financial services family – a little drab and likely to be found…

Facebook blocks Admiral from using profiles to price car insurance. But what of Facebook’s privacy credentials?

4 November 2016 11:24

For one in seven people alive today, Facebook is their window on the world. More than one billion of them…

What would you save from a fire? For many people, it’s their mobile phone

30 August 2016 11:49

We Brits love a good anniversary – and a round number. This year we’re celebrating, among other things, the bicentenary…

Don’t expect the authorities to protect your home from flooding

3 August 2016 10:58

Some years back, when I announced my decision to return to Manchester, I became the butt of a few jokes from…

From small beginnings grow multi-billion pound financial industries

4 July 2016 11:15

Have you ever wondered what led to the birth of the modern insurance industry? No, me neither. But it turns…

Tom Hiddleston

Insurers need to shape up and treat their customers properly

23 June 2016 9:39

Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift’s romance is hot news in China, where online stores have been offering ‘break-up insurance’. People,…

Inertia means we are paying over the odds for our insurance

13 June 2016 11:10

I live in a world of Post-it notes. Yellow ones, blue ones, orange ones. They are everywhere. One day someone…

Insurers are profiting from our fear of making a claim

2 June 2016 10:22

It’s officially summer but not in New Malden. I got home at 7pm last night in near darkness and pouring…

In case of emergency…hike up the price

18 May 2016 11:05

My phone rings. ‘Hi, it’s your editor here. We need an article in a hurry, it’s a bit of an…

Your home insurance holds the key to property disputes

8 April 2016 9:20

Rising house prices and a lack of properties has prompted many homeowners to improve rather than move. And who can blame them?…

Flood Re: help for homeowners in flood-stricken areas

5 April 2016 9:55

If you’re not familiar with the nuances of the insurance industry (and quite frankly, who is?), then the name Flood…

Ambulance-chasing lawyers driving up the cost of car insurance

21 March 2016 9:48

Nuisance calls are up there with spam emails and junk mail as one of the scourges of modern life. Whether it’s…

The Spectator at war: State provision for state servants

15 November 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 14 November 1914: A married man who was insured before the war may, if totally disabled, receive…