Battle of the sexes

A European Court ruling against gender-based pricing in insurance could result in higher premiums for women, writes Emma Kennedy

26th February, 2011

A ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) this week could dramatically change the market for insurance and pension products.

On Tuesday , the ECJ will decide whether insurers and life companies are allowed to use gender when determining the prices for financial products.

The insurance industry is preparing for major change, given that an opinion issued last year by an advocate general of the ECJ deemed such gender based price discrimination as ‘invalid’. In...

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