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UK watchdog tells insurers to help customers in cost of living crisis

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Britain's insurers should help customers finding it difficult during the cost of living crisis to pay premiums on policies to avoid leaving them unprotected, the Financial Conduct Authority said on Thursday. "The FCA is taking action to support households, by writing to insurance industry CEOs to make sure their customers are protected from unnecessary products or add-ons and unfair penalties," it said in a statement.
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UK midcaps at over 2-month lows after BoE hikes interest rates

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Bank of England raises rates to 2.25% * Fashion retailer JD Sports cautious on trading after profit fall * FTSE 100 down 1.1%, FTSE 250 drops 2.1% (Updates to market close) By Bansari Mayur Kamdar Sept 22 (Reuters) - UK shares fell on Thursday, with the midcap index touching the lowest in over two months on recession fears after the Bank of England joined several global central banks in hikin
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Defence, oil stocks lift London's FTSE 100 amid Russia, Fed worries

* Oil stocks track firm crude prices as Putin mobilises more troops * BAE Systems rises along with European defence peers * UK housing stocks rise on potential cut in stamp duty * FTSE 100 up 0.6%, FTSE 250 adds 1% (Updates to market close) By Bansari Mayur Kamdar Sept 21 (Reuters) - Defence and energy stocks led a recovery in UK's blue-chip FTSE 100 from near three-week lows on Wednesday, while investors also braced for likely interest hikes from the U.S.
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UK equities fall despite cooling August inflation

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window) * UK inflation falls for first time in nearly a year * Redrow says demand moderating in housing market * FTSE 100 down 1.5%, FTSE 250 off 1.7% (Updates with closing prices) By Johann M Cherian, Bansari Mayur Kamdar and Aniruddha Ghosh Sept 14 (Reuters) - Britain's main stock indexes fell on Wednesday after a surprise fall in consumer prices did little to calm speculation of a large intere
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The pound, bonds and energy: the winners and losers under British PM Truss

LONDON, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Liz Truss becomes Britain's new prime minister on Tuesday, facing inflation at 40-year highs, the biggest squeeze on household living standards in decades and a looming recession. The newly elected Conservative Party leader has pledged to slash taxes to kick-start growth and is expected on Thursday to unveil her plan for the energy crisis.
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Energy and mining stocks drag FTSE 100 lower

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Bunzl raises 2022 operating margin outlook, but shares fall * UK 2-year gilt yields briefly leap to highest since 2008 * FTSE 100 down 0.9%, FTSE 250 off 0.1% (Updates with close) By Bansari Mayur Kamdar and Aniruddha Ghosh Aug 30 (Reuters) - Britain's stocks ended lower on Tuesday, dragged down by energy and mining shares on fears that more aggressive interest rate hikes from central banks w
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UK midcaps hits new one-month low as business activity stalls

* UK flash composite PMI at 50.9 vs est 51.1 * Defensive sectors weigh on FTSE 100 * Wood Plc drops after H1 results * FTSE 100 down 0.6%, FTSE 250 off 1% By Johann M Cherian, Sruthi Shankar and Aniruddha Ghosh Aug 23 (Reuters) - The British midcap index hit a fresh one-month low on Tuesday as a looming gas crisis in Europe and news of slower-than-expected business activity growth exacerbated fears of recession, while a stronger pound weighed on the exporter-heavy FTSE 100 .FTSE .
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UK midcaps hit lowest in over a month on recession angst

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Felixstowe workers' strike adds to woes * Wizz Air drops as CFO steps down * FTSE 100 down 0.2%, FTSE 250 off 2% (Updates to close) By Johann M Cherian and Aniruddha Ghosh Aug 22 (Reuters) - London stocks fell on Monday with the midcap index closing at its lowest level in more than a month on increasing jitters about a worsening cost-of-living crisis and aggressive interest rate hikes by majo
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Britain and regulators square up over post-Brexit financial reform

By Huw Jones LONDON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Britain's government proposed a far-reaching financial services law last month to exploit "freedoms" to write its own capital market rules since leaving the European Union. Approval of what is the biggest markets reform in two decades is expected by May 2023. Liz Truss, the front-runner to become Britain's next prime minister, would give ministers "call-in" powers under the bill to override financial regulators such as the Bank of England, the Financial Ti
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FTSE 100 ends down as GSK slumps, eyes on GDP data

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Rio Tinto down on ex-dividend trading * GSK, Haleon slide on U.S. litigation concerns * Network International jumps on share buyback, earnings * FTSE 100 down 0.6%, FTSE 250 off 0.3% (Updates with market close) By Sruthi Shankar Aug 11 (Reuters) - Britain's main stock indexes closed lower on Thursday, with the blue-chip FTSE 100 hit by a slump in healthcare stocks and the midcap index slippin
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The pound, gilts and renewables: the winners and losers under Britain's future PM

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The race to be the next leader of Britain's ruling-Conservative Party and the country's prime minister is into its final leg, with the September outcome likely to shape the fortunes of sterling, gilts and UK stocks in coming months. The contest between foreign minister Liz Truss and former finance minister Rishi Sunak to succeed Boris Johnson has centred on clear policy dividing lines.
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Lloyds, Reckitt drive gains in Britain's FTSE 100

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Reckitt Benckiser at one-year highs * Lloyds Group jumps on forecast lift * Rio Tinto slips on halving dividend * FTSE 100 up 0.6%, FTSE 250 adds 0.4% By Sruthi Shankar and Bansari Mayur Kamdar July 27 (Reuters) - Britain's blue-chip index rose on Wednesday, as a jump in oil stocks and strong forecasts from heavyweights Reckitt Benckiser and Lloyds Banking Group overshadowed concerns over a s
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Financials lift FTSE 100; earnings boost midcaps

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Dechra Pharmaceuticals slides on discounted placing * Frasers surges on upbeat earnings forecast * ECB starts rate hike with 50 bps * FTSE 100 up 0.1%, FTSE 250 adds 1.6% (Updates prices, details) By Sruthi Shankar and Bansari Mayur Kamdar July 21 (Reuters) - UK's FTSE 100 crawled higher on Thursday as gains in financial stocks offset the weakness in energy and healthcare shares, while positi
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UK pensions insurance deals to rise more than 25% in 2022-adviser

LONDON, July 13 (Reuters) - Britain is likely to see around 35 billion pounds ($41.62 billion) in pensions buy-in and buy-out deals in 2022, up more than 25% from 2021, consultants Hymans Robertson said on Wednesday. Such deals involve offloading the risk of company defined benefit, or final salary, pension schemes to an insurer. Pensions' funding positions have improved following government and central bank stimulus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making such deals cheaper for some companies, ind
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No 'free lunch' in insurance reform, BoE says as politics threatens timetable

By Huw Jones and Carolyn Cohn LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) - Reform of insurance capital rules should not be a "free lunch" that puts pensioners and policyholders at risk, Bank of England Deputy Governor Sam Woods said on Friday, as the industry debates rule changes potentially delayed by political turmoil. Changing insurance rules known as Solvency II that were inherited from the European Union is seen by government as a key Brexit "dividend" for Britain's financial industry, but the pace and subst
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Bank of England sticks to insurance reform plan despite opposition

LONDON, July 8 (Reuters) - Reform of insurance capital rules would free up to 90 billion pounds ($108.05 billion) of capital for investment, but it should not be a "free lunch" that puts pensioners and policyholders at risk, Bank of England Deputy Governor Sam Woods said on Friday. Changing insurance rules known as Solvency II that were inherited from the European Union is seen as a key Brexit "dividend" for Britain's financial industry, but the pace of reform has dismayed insurers.
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FTSE 100 retreats from two-week high on slowdown worries

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * Lookers rise on upbeat profit outlook * Anglo American, Diageo fall on Deutsche Bank downgrades * Cyclicals lead losses * FTSE 100 down 0.2%, FTSE 250 off 1.6% (Updates to close) By Amal S and Boleslaw Lasocki June 29 (Reuters) - Britain's top share index inched lower on Wednesday, as gains in healthcare shares were seen providing little support against growing concerns about a global recessi
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Rise of women to top of UK finance is 'stagnating'

By Huw Jones LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - Britain's six-year drive to increase the number of women in senior management at financial firms is "stagnating" for the first time, a review for the finance ministry said on Thursday. The ministry launched its voluntary Women in Finance Charter in 2016 and more than 400 firms have now signed up. A review Link by New Financial think tank found that 78% of signed-up firms are meeting or are on track to meet their targets, up 5% on last year.
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UK shares climb on boost from financial stocks, strong results

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click or type LIVE/ in a news window) * WH Smith rises as sales cross pre-pandemic levels * Publisher Bloomsbury rises on strong FY profit * FTSE 100 up 1.2%, FTSE 250 adds 1.4% (Updates to close) By Devik Jain June 15 (Reuters) - London's main indexes rose on Wednesday as financial stocks gained and strong results from companies including WH Smith lifted sentiment ahead of the U.S.
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Insurers need to do more to prepare for climate change, BoE says

By Carolyn Cohn and Huw Jones LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) - Insurers need to plug data gaps to be better prepared for the impact of climate change on their operations and further work may be needed on how much capital they should hold, the Bank of England (BoE) said on Wednesday. The BoE has just published the outcome of its first climate-related stress test of leading insurers and banks, concluding they would be able to cope in general.
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