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Allianz Group Reports Strong Quarterly Results

August 18th, 2015, by   David   D

Allianz Group continues 1st quarter performance with good 2nd quarter results.

Group continued its good performance in the second quarter of 2015. Total quarterly revenues increased 2.4 percent to 30.2 (second quarter of 2014: 29.5) billion euros. Operating profit climbed 2.6 percent to 2.84 (2.77) billion euros.

Key points of note:

- Total revenues rise 2.4 percent to 30.2 billion euros- Operating profit increases 2.6 percent to 2.84 billion euros- Net income attributable to shareholders up 15.0 percent to 2.02 billion euros- Solvency II capitalization increases to 212 percent- Allianz confirms operating profit outlook ... Read More

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Allianz Ireland Tops the Pole for Online User Experience in Global Reviews Study

August 14th, 2015, by   David   D

Allianz Ireland has reclaimed pole position for Digital Sales Effectiveness in the Republic of Ireland in the latest Global Reviews study conducted in July 2015.

 The study, undertaken bi –annually by Global Reviews, analyses the customer journey and user experience when purchasing car insurance online.

Global Reviews are hired by Allianz to conduct market research using in-market customer segments. As part of their study they set users a variety of tasks in order to benchmark the performance of the website. The study looks at a variety of different areas including:

- Initial engagement- Introducing options- Evaluating p... Read More

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Tips for Driving Abroad

August 12th, 2015, by   David   D

Driving in a foreign country is daunting at the best of times. Driving on the wrong side of the road is bad enough without a foreign language, unfamiliar road signs and sometimes aggressive drivers to worry about!

Like everything else though, a little preparation can go a long way and help you to avoid potential bumps in the road. Here are our top tips to make your foreign driving experience more manageable.

Before you travel

Before you head off there are a number of essentials you will need to have:

Your licence – Ensure your full drivers license is valid and with you.  Keeping your passport to hand can be useful also as... Read More

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Sebastian Vettel Wins Frenetic Hungarian GP

July 27th, 2015, by   David   D

By: Nick of Setanta Sports

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel recorded his second win of the season with victory at the Hungarian GP on Sunday.

The former world champion took the lead early in the first lap and held on to the end, ignoring all the excitement taking place behind him at the Hungaroring.

It was the German’s 41st Grand Prix victory, equalling Ayrton Senna in third place on the all-time list, with just Alain Prost (51) and Michael Schumacher (91) ahead of him.

Vettel dedicated his victory to Marussia driver Jules Bianchi, who died last week after months in a coma following a crash in the Japanese GP last year.

“Th... Read More

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Why Are Car Insurance Premiums on The Rise?

July 15th, 2015, by   David   D

Car insurance prices are on the rise, but why? Robert McEvoy, Head of Allianz Ireland’s Direct business provides his insight on increasing insurance premiums and why the relationship between insurers and their customers needs to be repaired.

With the close of the first half of 2015 it appears that car insurance customers have been roused into action! So far this year in Allianz Direct we’ve experienced a surge in customer contact both over the phone and via Allianz.ie, with many consumers shopping around for a more competitive quote than their present insurer.

So what’s caused this? The first major reason has been well ... Read More

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Hamilton wins thrilling Silverstone battle

July 6th, 2015, by   David   D

By: Dave of Setanta Sports

Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious from a thrilling race at the British Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg finishing in second place.

Hamilton, starting from pole position, fell behind Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas early on but a combination of lightning pace and astute strategy calls ensured that the current world champion was able to bring his Mercedes home at the head of the field.

A battling performance from Rosberg saw the German finish second and secure a one-two result for Mercedes, as Hamilton opened up a 17-point World Championship gap to his teammate.

With rain appearing ... Read More

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