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Reactions from the global insurance market

  • Big three results defy logic in Q1

    19 May 2015

    The biggest three reinsurance brokers have filed solid results seemingly “defying logic” in the first quarter of 2015, suggesting they are weathering tough conditions better than a lot of underwriters.

  • Axis to stick to original PartnerRe bid

    19 May 2015

    Axis is not expected to increase its bid to buy Partner Re, Reuters has reported, hoping shareholders will turn down the cash up front acquisition offered by rival bidder Exor. This would suggest that Axis thinks bidding more would only negate some of the value provided by the scale of a marriage between the two reinsurance groups.

  • Brazil GDP drag not slowing insurance growth

    13 May 2015

    Melancholic headlines about Brazil’s economy in recent months, including a possible recession, have not slowed insurance growth and investment, according to Allied World’s Darren Powell.

  • Nepal’s catch-22: rebuilding without insurance

    12 May 2015

    The disparity between the economic and insured losses from the two recent Nepal earthquakes show the vast potential for microinsurance in the region, as well as insurance’s sustainability role in catastrophe prone emerging markets. However, with huge rebuilding costs, it will be hard to persuade local Nepalese that insurance should factor in severely restricted budgets.

  • Regime change: Pool Re's Julian Enoizi

    06 May 2015

    Pool Re CEO Julian Enoizi spoke to Reactions about the new deal struck with the Treasury and the changes he is now driving through to modernise the UK'?s terrorism risk reinsurance pool.

  • UK broker market ? how low can you go?

    07 May 2015

    Against a background of fierce competition, UK intermediaries both large and small are busy figuring out if they have sufficient scale to stay relevant in the game, fuelling the potential for continued consolidation. Garry Booth reports.

  • The state of the reinsurance market

    07 May 2015

    Global reinsurer capital grew by 6% in 2014, but most of the growth came from outside the traditional reinsurance market. Peter Birks reports.

  • FAA drone approvals present opportunities

    07 May 2015

    The reinsurance industry is beginning to assess the merits of using drone technology in their operations, following FAA approval for a number of insurers to use that technology, writes Sam Kerr.

  • Size matters: Endurance and Montpelier Re

    07 May 2015

    John Charman promised M&A action at Endurance, but his pragmatic deal to buy Montpelier has split opinion on whether the new bigger entity gives Endurance the necessary scale and market positioning it wants.

  • Convergence quarterly: ILS Q1 roundup

    06 May 2015

    Alternative Capital rose 14% year on year in 2014, and Q1 2015 showed little slowing down in the popularity of non-correlated risk as a part of investment portfolios. Peter Birks reports.

  • Editor's comment: IRS clampdown on US tax code benefits

    06 May 2015

    In proposed rules published recently by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) the authority said that the favourable treatment that insurers enjoy under the US tax code should not extend to companies that borrow employees from another firm.

  • Garry Booth comment: Climate change affects credit

    06 May 2015

    More frequent and extreme weather events that occur as a result of climate change could damage companies'? credit profiles in the future, according to a report published by Standard & Poor?s.

  • Sompo and Canopius: one year on

    06 May 2015

    A year on from the groundbreaking deal that gave Sompo Japan Nipponkoa greater access to the international markets, while boosting Canopius’ muscle in the global arena, Canopius CFO Paul Cooper looks back on the deal and the companies’ experience since then.

  • Brazilian reinsurance: After the monopoly

    06 May 2015

    Rodrigo Amaral reports from the 4th Reinsurance Meeting of Brazil’s main insurance association, where cedants, reinsurers and regulators discussed the current situation in one of the major markets in Latin America.

  • Alt-Cap, a threat or opportunity?

    06 May 2015

    Reactions, in association with BMO Capital Markets, brought leading Bermudian alternative capital experts together for a roundtable that looked at how companies should exploit the opportunities caused by changes in the way the reinsurance market is capitalised. Christopher Munro reports.

  • Bundling, ART capacity creating systemic risk (FREE)

    30 April 2015

    Insurers spend a lot of time repeating that they aren't like bankers. But are changing incentives in bundling reinsurance buying combined with the alternative capital influx leading the industry on the same deadly course that led the banking sector to systemic disaster in 2008?


Latest News by Sector

North America



  • Faure to retire from Endurance

    27 May 2015

    Jerome Faure is to retire has head of Global Reinsurance at Endurance Specialty at the beginning of 2016. Stephen Young will step up to the role.

  • MultiStrat buys Annapolis Consulting

    26 May 2015

    MultiStrat Holdings has expanded its footprint in the captives and run-off sector through the acquisition of Maryland-domiciled consultancy Annapolis Holdings.



Financial management

Lloyd's and London Market

Legal and regulation

  • Alt cap to take 20 years to crack LatAm

    27 May 2015

    The complex legal frameworks of Latin America mean it will take around 20 years for alternative capital to make its mark in the region, Terra Brasis' Botti believes.

  • FCA review could re-boot PPI claims

    27 May 2015

    Banks could be in for a bigger compensation bill for mis-selling payment protection insurance after the FCA reveals it might review which customers should be compensated


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In this month's Reactions
Pool Re's Julian Enoizi
Brazilian Reinsurance
UK Brokers
Endurance & Montpelier

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