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Reactions from the global insurance market

  • Japan cat rates still above pre-Tohoku

    06 April 2016

    Pricing for Japanese catastrophe reinsurance business once again declined at the April 1 renewal, but despite the ample competition, rates remain above pre-Tohoku levels.

  • Brussels under attack: terrorism takes its toll

    06 April 2016

    Terrorism once again grabbed the headlines in March when Brussels was subjected to attacks, and the re/insurance industry is still waiting to find out whether it will be facing claim from Belgium’s terror pool.

  • Americas editor comment: US market heads to RIMS

    06 April 2016

    All sorts of business classes will be widely discussed at the upcoming Risk and Insurance Management Society’s (RIMS) annual conference, but it is likely cyber liability will once again dominate many of the talks.

  • M&A covers: After the happy ending

    06 April 2016

    Plenty of excitement surrounds news of a merger or acquisition, but often only part of the story ever makes it into the press.

  • Brexit costly for London, warns Kessler

    06 April 2016

    Scor boss Denis Kessler has warned the London market of the long-term impact a UK withdrawal from the EU would have on the City’s re/insurance industry.

  • Africa faces triple hit

    06 April 2016

    Africa’s economy still has some good prospects, but it has suffered three powerful blows: instability in the Middle East and North Africa; China’s economic slowdown; and the drop in energy prices.

  • 35 emerging risks to watch

    06 April 2016

    For an industry that exists because of risk, with the job of transferring and mitigating it, re/insurance practitioners need to keep abreast of changing risks, lest they go the way of the dinosaurs.

  • Top 35 events since 1981

    06 April 2016

    A compilation of the 35 biggest re/insurance events spanning 1981 to the present.

  • Short history of insurance asset management

    06 April 2016

    The serious starting point for the growth of investment outsourcing by insurance companies can be traced to the 1980s and 1990s, in parallel with the early growth of Reactions Magazine.

  • Iran sanctions: Frustrations remain

    06 April 2016

    Despite a wide range of sanctions having been lifted, the western re/insurance industry is still encountering difficulties when it comes to covering Iranian assets.

  • Reality check for MENA’s insurers

    06 April 2016

    Insurance markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been knocked sideways by the fall in oil prices. But they might come back stronger, eventually.

  • Reinsurance broking: living on the edge

    06 April 2016

    London’s reinsurance brokers have to maintain their cutting edge in services such as analytics, risk modelling and investment structuring, to make the most of what is set to be a fourth straight soft year for market conditions.

  • A perfect storm for run-off

    06 April 2016

    While run-off firms are claiming Solvency II is responsible for the recent flourish of legacy deals, Compre’s Nick Steer argues that that is not the only factor giving his business a boost.

  • Cyber Risk Forum in New York

    06 April 2016

    Reactions welcomed delegates to its Cyber Risk Forum in early March where those in attendance heard that cyber liability certainly has a home in the re/insurance industry although questions and concerns remain.


Latest News by Sector

North America



  • Argo’s Q1 combined ratio at 94%

    03 May 2016

    While gross written premiums rose by 9%, the re/insurer’s combined ratio was reported at 94% for the first quarter of 2016 – similar to the prior year figure of 93.6%.

  • PartnerRe sees profit and NPW fall in Q1

    03 May 2016

    PartnerRe's first quarter saw a reduction in net profit and net premiums written, although its North American unit did enjoy a small degree of growth during the period.



Financial management

Lloyd's and London Market

  • Aspen hires international cyber risks head

    03 May 2016

    Raheila Nazir has left AIG to join Aspen Insurance in the summer as the head of international cyber risks.

  • Argo’s Q1 combined ratio at 94%

    03 May 2016

    While gross written premiums rose by 9%, the re/insurer’s combined ratio was reported at 94% for the first quarter of 2016 – similar to the prior year figure of 93.6%.

Legal and regulation

  • TigerRisk to trade ILS on secondary market

    04 May 2016

    TigerRisk Capital Markets & Advisory has been given approval to trade catastrophe bonds and other ILS on the secondary market.

  • Remain margin looks tight over Brexit

    29 April 2016

    British political commentators have predicted that the UK will remain in the EU after its June 23 referendum, but by a slim majority of votes, speaking at a London event.


April 2016 
In this month's Reactions
 35 emerging risks
 Surge in run-off
 Terror strikes Brussels
 Reinsurance brokers

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