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  • ‘More marriages between cousins’: Peignet

    11 February 2015

    Scor’s Victor Peignet tells Garry Booth that the M&A clock is ticking for some players

  • Soft market conditions for P&I club renewals

    10 February 2015

    The International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs has managed to secure favourable terms for its excess of loss reinsurance contract, but many of its member marine mutuals have been forced to ask shipowners for additional funds in the face of challenges such as claims inflation and low investment returns. Christopher Munro reports.

  • Everyone’s talking about the Walkie Talkie

    10 February 2015

    A new industry hub has sprung up next to Lloyd’s of London, attracting the likes of Ascot, Markel, Tokio Marine Kiln and Liberty Mutual.

  • The long road to a higher FDI cap

    10 February 2015

    After more than a decade of waiting, the Indian government brought in a 49% cap for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) via an ordinance amending the Insurance Act 1938. Peter Birks looks back on a long and winding road.

  • Sovereign outlook finely balanced

    05 February 2015

    Global growth is likely to accelerate this year, but there will be significant variation across economies, according to Ed Parker, managing director, sovereign group, Fitch Ratings.

  • Market Outlook: Tough Times Ahead

    05 February 2015

    Alternative capital and low loss levels mean tough times for reinsurers in 2015.

  • Outlook: Regulation and Tax in US

    05 February 2015

    Insurers and other large businesses in the US face another uncertain year ahead political differences and a number of legal cases continue to affect the industry, writes Sam Kerr.

  • View From The Top

    04 February 2015

    Jason Howard, chief executive at Lloyd's vehicle Acappella, talks to Reactions about the company's development as a managing general agent

  • Analysis: Terrorism cover faces overhaul

    04 February 2015

    Terrorism cover is facing an overhaul in the US this year. Victoria Beckett reports.

  • Legal Analysis: Not If, But When

    04 February 2015

    Christina Terplan, partner in the San Francisco office, and Charlotte Worlock, associate in the London office of Clyde & Co, write on "Mega" Data and Privacy Breaches.

  • Aspen renews K&R LatAm focus

    02 February 2015

    Latin America has traditionally been the breadwinner for underwriters of kidnap and ransom (K&R) insurance, and Aspen Insurance is keen to knuckle down on the traditional hotspot. David Benyon reports

  • Renewals 1/1: The Sleepwalkers

    02 February 2015

    A familiar story was told by the brokers after this year’s January reinsurance renewal: at turns happy or sad, depending on your perspective, but increasingly perilous to ignore for old-school reinsurance business models. David Benyon reports.

  • Analysis - People Moves

    02 February 2015

    The merry-go-round of insurance staff is moving faster. Victoria Beckett reports

  • Special Feature: Domiciles

    30 January 2015

    Large corporations are increasingly choosing more than one domicile to reduce exposure to political and regulatory changes. Reactions has spoken to global insurance and reinsurance domicile regulators about what they can offer. Victoria Beckett reports.

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Latest News by Sector

North America

  • Berkshire profit up in 2014

    01 March 2015

    Omaha's Berkshire Hathaway recorded an improved profit for 2014, but there was a small decline in underwriting profit.

  • Former AIG CEO Benmosche dies

    27 February 2015

    Bob Benmosche, the former chief executive of AIG, has passed away at the age of 70 following his battle with lung cancer.

Casualty/liability

  • Berkshire profit up in 2014

    01 March 2015

    Omaha's Berkshire Hathaway recorded an improved profit for 2014, but there was a small decline in underwriting profit.

  • Global Indemnity cuts combined ratio

    27 February 2015

    Global Indemnity's focus on quality underwriting in light of tough investment markets saw the company reduce its combined ratio by four points in 2014.

Bermuda

Property-catastrophe

  • Berkshire profit up in 2014

    01 March 2015

    Omaha's Berkshire Hathaway recorded an improved profit for 2014, but there was a small decline in underwriting profit.

  • Global Indemnity cuts combined ratio

    27 February 2015

    Global Indemnity's focus on quality underwriting in light of tough investment markets saw the company reduce its combined ratio by four points in 2014.

Europe

  • Global Indemnity cuts combined ratio

    27 February 2015

    Global Indemnity's focus on quality underwriting in light of tough investment markets saw the company reduce its combined ratio by four points in 2014.

  • Skuld adds new P&I tonnage at renewal

    27 February 2015

    Skuld, the marine mutual insurer, has announced positive protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance renewals for 2015, adding new tonnage to its fleet of P&I business.

Financial management

Lloyd's and London Market

Legal and regulation

  • IICF to launch London office in April

    25 February 2015

    The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation is looking to open its first international division in London in April.

  • Greenberg sees opportunity in Cuba

    24 February 2015

    A thawing of relations between the US and Cuba could provide an opportunity for Starr Companies says its chairman and CEO Hank Greenberg.

25 Feb 2015
In this week's Reactions the Review
Restructuring costs hit Swiss Re
Underwriting loss at Greenlight Re
New rail liability rules in Canada
Start of Indian Budget parliamentary session


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