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  • The future for ILS: Retro indemnity catastrophe bonds

    14 November 2014

    Reactions, in partnership with risk modelling firm RMS, hosted a roundtable in New York to discuss the potential ways insurance linked securities could develop in the future and in particular, the possible growth of retro indemnity catastrophe bonds.

  • In The Spotlight - Franz-Josef Hahn, Peak Re

    14 November 2014

    It is nearly two years since Peak Re first launched in Hong Kong with a mission to modernise the reinsurance industry in Asia Pacific. Nicky Burridge interviews chief executive Franz-Josef Hahn.

  • High Frequency Trading - The threat to insurers

    14 November 2014

    Following publication of Michael Lewis' Flashboys - an exposé of high-frequency trading (“HFT”) in the US equity market – an all-too-familiar story of financial scandal is playing out on Wall Street.

  • Reasinter looks to build on coverholder status

    14 November 2014

    Mexican broker Reasinter hopes to expand its operations having recently been handed a coverholder licence by Lloyd’s.

  • Asset Managers back less liquidity for higher returns

    14 November 2014

    Reactions in association with PineBridge Investments and BlackRock hosted a presentation and panel discussion in the Old Library at Lloyd's, where investment managers at insurers heard experts from the macro-economic, asset management, equity analyst and hedge-fund strategy sectors, discussing the challenges and opportunities facing investment managers today.

  • ANALYSIS: The 10 big Cat dangers

    14 November 2014

    At a recent AM Best seminar on "the 10 major threats". Carlos Wong Fupuy, Senior Director, Analytics, and Catherine Thomas, director, analytics, listed the five top "knock-out punches" and the five top "slow and painful deaths"

  • EU changes tack on insurer investments

    14 November 2014

    COMMENT: The recent announcements from the EU on changes to capital requirements for certain asset backed-securities were more important for what they signified than for their intrinsic significance

  • Swiss Re CEO Michel Liès urges "covering the gaps"

    14 November 2014

    Reinsurers should worry less about excess capital and more about covering the gaps, according to Swiss Re CEO Michel Liès. Peter Birks reports.

  • Insurers push for family friendly workplace

    12 November 2014

    Many insurers around the world take measures to support their employees’ family lives but we may be surprised at how this is done in regions and cultures different to our own as expectations of how families operate vary.

  • Convergence Quarterly

    12 November 2014

    During the 12 months to June 30, 13 new sponsors obtained risk protection, a record number. By the half-way point of 2014 there were $22.4bn worth of bonds on risk, up $4.6bn on the position 12 months previously.

  • Florida election puts cat fund in the spotlight

    12 November 2014

    As Floridians prepare to vote on their choice for governor in November, the contrasting plans over the future of the state’s hurricane insurance plan are keeping insurers’ attention hooked on the polls.

  • UK Met Office enters cat risk modelling space

    12 November 2014

    The UK’s independent weather and climate service, the Met Office, has launched a suite of European windstorm products and services aimed at ILS investors as well as insurance and reinsurance firms.

  • BHSI goes global

    07 November 2014

    Although officially launched on June 13 last year, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) actually began life on April 29, 2013 offering commercial property and casualty insurance cover to US-based clients.

  • Legislating on diversity

    07 November 2014

    The Dodd Frank diversity mandate means federally regulated financial institutions, including some of the country’s largest insurance groups, are expected to promote ethnic and gender diversity within their organisations. Americas reporter Sam Kerr looks at its potential impact.

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Latest News by Sector

North America

  • Assurant's diverse business praised

    21 November 2014

    AM Best as affirmed the diversity of Assurant Inc’s business offering but has expressed concern over the group’s exposure to natural catastrophes.

  • House sues Obama over ACA

    21 November 2014

    Republicans in the House of Representatives have sued President Obama for overstepping his authority in the implementation of healthcare insurance reform.

Casualty/liability

  • Airbnb expands liability offering

    21 November 2014

    Airbnb has announced an additional liability programme that will provide US hosts with up to $1m of protection in case a guest is injured within the host's property

  • China Re gets standalone syndicate approval

    21 November 2014

    China Re has gained approval from Lloyd's to turn its current special purpose syndicate into a stand-alone syndicate, which will be managed by Catlin UA.

Bermuda

  • Amlin 9mo GWP rises

    19 November 2014

    UK-based insurer and reinsurer Amlin has reported an increase in profit for the first nine months of the year, despite rate declines in most divisions.

  • Appointments Round Up

    18 November 2014

    Appointments announced this week.

Property-catastrophe

Europe

  • Charles Taylor completes Nordea acquisition

    24 November 2014

    Charles Taylor has completed its acquisition of Nordea Life & Pensions, which is expected to be modestly earnings enhancing.

  • Cowdery set for Friends Life windfall

    24 November 2014

    Clive Cowdery, founder of two business ventures originally called Resolution, is set to reap a second windfall after Aviva announced an all-paper bid for Friends Life

Financial management

  • Charles Taylor completes Nordea acquisition

    24 November 2014

    Charles Taylor has completed its acquisition of Nordea Life & Pensions, which is expected to be modestly earnings enhancing.

  • Cowdery set for Friends Life windfall

    24 November 2014

    Clive Cowdery, founder of two business ventures originally called Resolution, is set to reap a second windfall after Aviva announced an all-paper bid for Friends Life

Lloyd's and London Market

Legal and regulation

  • New doubts about FDI cap increase in India

    24 November 2014

    The committee mandated by the Indian government to produce by November 28 a report on the proposed Insurance Bill might fail to meet its deadline.

  • House sues Obama over ACA

    21 November 2014

    Republicans in the House of Representatives have sued President Obama for overstepping his authority in the implementation of healthcare insurance reform.

19 Nov 2014

In this week's Reactions the Review
PRA has its eye on reserving
Catlin reports GWP rise
NAIC gives Bermuda a boost
China deal helps Oz insurers

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