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Car insurance UK scam: Drivers warned there are ‘more opportunities’ for fraudsters

Car insurance UK scam: Drivers warned there are ‘more opportunities’ for fraudsters

Car insurance experts warn that a range of road users have suffered at the hands of fraudsters including the elderly and key workers. The comnets come after recent data shows fraudulent insurance claims rose by five percent in 2019.

However, experts have warned scams could shoot up to levels last seen in 2008 where the recession saw fraudulent claims rise by 17 percent.

The Insurance Fraud Bureau warns that at least one insurance scam takes place every minute in the UK.

Ben Fletcher, Director of the IFB warned the pandemic was seen as an opportunity by fraudsters to target a range of road users.

Mr Fletcher said: “With Covid-19 causing so many people to lose out financially it sadly means there are more opportunities for insurance scammers to exploit the vulnerable.

READ MORE: Drivers may be targeted by new car insurance scam today

However, as the UK plunges into a recession and many drivers struggling financially as a result of the pandemic, this could cloud many road users’ judgement when they receive an email offering money.

Ghost Broker scams have doubled in recent years and are more popular among young road users.

This is where fraudsters pose as a provider and offer cheap deals to vulnerable motorists on social media.

However, these policies are then found to be false which effectively leaves drivers without an agreement in place which would be breaking the law.

IFB chiefs also warn drivers to keep an eye out for crash for cash scammers who purposely hit your vehicle to make claims against your policy.

Experts warn that one in every ten injury claims is linked to crash for cash scams despite the safety risks.

Detective SuperIntendent Peter Ratcliffe, Head of the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Funded Units urged members of the public

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The Opportunities And Challenges Of Private Market Investing

The Opportunities And Challenges Of Private Market Investing

By Anna Davies

If you have a portfolio of stocks, bonds and other public assets, you may be intrigued by private market investing. Private market investing—a phrase often used interchangeably with private equity, venture investing and direct lending—offers robust opportunity, said Jay Karpen, investment manager at Whittier Trust.

“Companies are staying private longer and are going public at larger sizes than they were a decade ago,” he said. “Because of that, we’re seeing more investors who want to participate in the private markets.”

But while it may be easier than ever to participate in private markets, these investments require a different mindset and strategy than investing in public assets. “There’s more risk due to less disclosure combined with asymmetric information, illiquidity, execution challenges and manager risk,” said Karpen, adding that connections to opportunities, extensive due diligence and access to industry experts is essential.

Here are five tips to consider when you’re adding private market investments to your portfolio. 

An Extension Of Traditional Asset Classes 

Instead of thinking of private market investments as a brand new type of investment, consider it an extension of traditional asset classes, said Karpen. 

“Venture and growth equity have similar characteristics to small and mid-cap equities, private equity buyout is similar to large cap and direct lending is similar to fixed income markets,” said Karpen. 

That said, private market investing does bring additional considerations for investors. For one, the investment is illiquid, they are loosely regulated and there are often fees associated with private market investments. 

“You should expect to be compensated for these risks, otherwise it may not be worth it,” said Karpen.

The Right Partner Is Essential 

Since these investments are illiquid, and private equity vehicles generally require a large financial commitment, it’s important to take the time to understand the investment partnership,

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Global Kids’ Furniture Market 2020 Growth, Trend, Analysis, Future Opportunities and Industry Forecast to 2025

Global Kids’ Furniture Market 2020 Growth, Trend, Analysis, Future Opportunities and Industry Forecast to 2025

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Oct 11, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
Global Kids’ Furniture Market 2020 by Manufacturers, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 focuses on encompassing major statistical aspects of the market as it offers our readers a value addition on guiding them in encountering the barriers surrounding the market. The report thoroughly scrutinizes the effects of different factors impacting market drivers and development. The report contains a comprehensive addition of several factors such as global distribution, manufacturers, market size, and market factors that affect global contributions. The research also inspects the global Kids’ Furniture market deals channels, difficulties, openings, drivers, future patterns, development rate, market share, rivalry scene, and status.

Outlook For The Industry:

This report offers market forecasts (2020 to 2025) on the industry, including total sales, a number of companies, attractive investment opportunities, and others. It also tracks investigation from the flexible chain, import, government strategy, and future impact on the business. Then, investigation about market status, venture rivalry example, points of interest, and hindrances of big business items, industry improvement pattern, attributes, and macroeconomic approaches has likewise been incorporated. This report covers key segments and sub-segments, key drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges in the market.

NOTE: Our analysts monitoring the situation across the globe explains that the market will generate remunerative prospects for producers post COVID-19 crisis. The report aims to provide an additional illustration of the latest scenario, economic slowdown, and COVID-19 impact on the overall industry.


A Gist of The Application Spectrum And Product Landscape:

Data regarding the returns generated by each product type is also enumerated. An in-depth analysis of the application range of each product type enlisted is also highlighted in the global Kids’ Furniture market

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3 High Potential Opportunities In Today’s Expensive Market

3 High Potential Opportunities In Today’s Expensive Market

Note that this research is performed between 2020-10-02 and 2020-10-07, prices could be different compared to the time of reading.

The current market is expensive, with the S&P 500 index (SPY) trading at a forward P/E ratio of 21.5x, the highest level in 20 years. Consequently, many investors are hesitant to buy stocks as they believe there are few bargains in today’s market.

It’s important to understand that the recent strong performance is, more than ever, concentrated in a small portion of the market. On the contrary, there are many stocks that are trading at undervalued levels. I believe that picking out the winning stocks from this undervalued group today will generate strong long-term returns. In this article, I will discuss three areas in the market where I believe opportunities are the highest right now, explained with some interesting stock examples in these areas.

(Source: JP Morgan Asset Management)

What happened in 2020

Significant divergences in returns

Let’s discuss the market environment in 2020 to provide the full context. Despite its weak performance in September, the Nasdaq (QQQ) outperformed significantly, yielding +29.6% year to date compared to +4.6% for the broad S&P 500 index and -2.2% for the value-oriented Dow Jones (DIA) index. This is caused by strong momentum for growth/tech stocks which are seen as beneficiaries of the economic shift during the COVID-19 crisis.

(Source: Insider Opportunities with Tradingview)

Is this divergence also visible on the individual stock level? To answer this question, I performed research on the stocks in the S&P 500 index. Not surprisingly, the year-to-date standard deviation of these S&P 500 stocks was significantly higher compared to the past five years:

(Source: Insider Opportunities research)

Even more astonishing is the histogram below, which plots the excess returns of all S&P 500 stocks compared to the S&P

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Analysis on Impact of COVID-19 – Global Machined Seals Market 2020-2024 | Evolving Opportunities With A.W. Chesterton Co. and AB SKF

Analysis on Impact of COVID-19 – Global Machined Seals Market 2020-2024 | Evolving Opportunities With A.W. Chesterton Co. and AB SKF

The global machined seals market size is expected to grow by USD 203.24 million as per Technavio. This marks a significant market growth compared to the 2019 growth estimates due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first half of 2020. Moreover, steady growth is expected to continue throughout the forecast period, and the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2%. Request Free Sample Report on COVID-19 Impacts

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Machined Seals Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Read the 120-page report with TOC on “Machined Seals Market Analysis Report by End-user (automotive industry, heavy industry, machine tools industry, and others) and Geography (APAC, North America, Europe, South America, and MEA), and the Segment Forecasts, 2020-2024”.

The market is driven by the increasing demand for machined seals from the manufacturing industry. In addition, the stringent environmental regulations are anticipated to boost the growth of the Machined Seals Market.

Machined seals are highly adopted in industrial premises to ensure leakage protection in critical industrial equipment. Most industrial equipment such as valves, hoists, chain drives, and pneumatic tools have to continuously perform under harsh industrial environments. Thus, the adverse industrial conditions in process industries directly impact the performance of molded seals and lead to early wear of the material. Therefore, to resolve this issue, vendors are designing machined seals with high-quality materials so that they can handle heavy-duty operations in harsh environmental conditions. Fluoroprene is a fluorinated thermoplastic elastomer that fills the gap between the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and fluorocarbon rubber. Machined seals made of such materials offer superior fluid resistance and lower permeability to the fuels. As a result, the demand for machined seals is increasing in manufacturing

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