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  • Twist Again when?

    25 March 2015

    March has proved an unusually calm year for tornadoes in the US.

  • London to be new ILS hub – UK govt (free read)

    18 March 2015

    Chancellor George Osborne’s 2015 Budget outlines UK Government Treasury plans to create a new legislative and tax framework to attract global reinsurance business, particularly insurance linked securities (ILS).

  • Casualty catastrophes: Dr Robert Reville

    08 March 2015

    A casualty catastrophe could be just around the corner. But that doesn’t mean insurers and reinsurers should shy away from taking on more casualty risk, says Dr Robert Reville, CEO of casualty cat modelling company Praedicat. Garry Booth reports

  • PartnerRe looks east

    08 March 2015

    Alain Flandrin has been named head of PartnerRe’s new Singapore-based platform and is looking forward to growth in the business before and after PartnerRe’s $11bn link-up with AxisCapital. Nicky Burridge reports

  • Merger Fever: Results Analysis

    08 March 2015

    The re/insurance sector results were mainly strong, but recent merger announcements will leave all players looking over their shoulders. Peter Birks reports.

  • Consolidation won’t harm Lloyd’s growth

    08 March 2015

    The considerable consolidation taking place in the re/insurance industry may mean fewer managing agents but Lloyd’s believes its history of innovation and global expansion plans means the future is bright for the market.

  • High Growth High Risk

    08 March 2015

    A new report examines how the risk profile of emerging markets is made more complex by converging social, environmental and governance factors.

  • Industry split over Obama tax plan

    08 March 2015

    The Obama Administration’s proposal to remove tax deductions for foreign reinsurance affiliates and its effect on the US re/insurance market is dividing the industry. Sam Kerr reports

  • Ratings Watch

    08 March 2015

    S&P withdraws Generali rating; AM Best warns on threats to Russia;

  • US N. East coast sea levels rising fast

    04 March 2015

    Sea levels north of New York City rose by 128mm in the two years 2009-2010

  • Comment: Currency wars and deflation

    04 March 2015

    Insurers and reinsurers face new problems in the new world order of low interest rates and zero inflation.

  • Investing In Africa

    04 March 2015

    Are developed markets fully capitalising on opportunities in Africa? Victoria Beckett reports.

  • The Fog Of War

    04 March 2015

    Insurers should be keeping an eye on intangible risk attacks to check for correlation, absolute exposure levels, and new product opportunities, reports David Benyon


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North America



  • Low insured cat losses in 2014: sigma

    25 March 2015

    Insured losses from catastrophes were just $35bn last year, despite a record number of occurrences, according to the latest sigma study.

  • AQR to quit reinsurance ops

    24 March 2015

    AQR Re is to wind down its business from April this year, with owner AQR Capital Management saying that it could no longer be certain of achieving the required rates of risk-adjusted return.



  • Baloise posts strong profit rise

    26 March 2015

    Swiss insurer Baloise posted a strong increase in profits, even without one-off gains from certain disposals.

  • Low insured cat losses in 2014: sigma

    25 March 2015

    Insured losses from catastrophes were just $35bn last year, despite a record number of occurrences, according to the latest sigma study.

Financial management

Lloyd's and London Market

Legal and regulation

  • Nigeria Central Bank rules on insurance sales

    26 March 2015

    The Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria has told local banks to adhere to strict guidelines when it comes to the sale of insurance products.

  • FHCF to examine private risk transfer

    25 March 2015

    Florida's Hurricane Catastrophe Fund has been given the go-ahead to examine the options for shifting up to $2.2bn in risk to the reinsurance sector and/or capital markets.

25 Mar 2015
In this week's Reactions the Review
Kizuna Re II grows, gets high rating
New Solvency II statement from PRA
Catastrophes hit Allstate in Feb
Rims urges US Treasury

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