Opinion

  • Tom Johansmeyer – ILW
    Opinion

    What happens when an ILW trigger underdelivers? A critical look at 2018…

    2019-05-15T14:51:00Z

    Last year the industry was reminded of the importance of using accurate loss data triggers for ILWs. Will the lesson be learnt, asks Thomas Johansmeyer, co-head of PCS.

  • E David Burt – Bermuda
    Opinion

    Finally some good news for Bermuda…

    2019-05-14T16:36:00Z

    It’s not been a great year thus far for Bermuda’s (re)insurance industry and, by extension, the island’s economy.

  • Key price predictions for remainder of 2019 i
    Opinion

    A psychological shift

    2019-05-06T20:06:00Z

    As with broad market transitions of the past, there doesn’t appear to be any one catalyst driving what looks to be a long-awaited change in the US commercial insurance market.

  • Florida June Renewals Preview
    Opinion

    Misinformation in a “late and messy renewal”

    2019-05-02T13:00:00Z

    The 2019 Florida renewal is proving hard to navigate for reinsurance buyers and commentators alike, amid conflicting intelligence and chatter in Bermuda and elsewhere.

  • John Neal and Lloyd's taskforce
    Opinion

    Ideas are easy, execution is the tough bit…

    2019-04-30T16:36:00Z

    Tomorrow morning, Lloyd’s brokers and underwriters will gather for the publication of CEO John Neal’s plans to transform the fortunes of the market.

  • Florida orange squeeze
    Opinion

    Another day of reckoning for Floridians

    2019-04-30T04:07:00Z

    The prospect of a late renewal where underperforming cedants face a rise in reinsurance costs of perhaps 25 percent or more heralds another day of reckoning for some of the state’s smaller carriers.

  • Argo share price i
    Opinion

    Voce Capital’s Argo attack appears too little, too late

    2019-04-23T16:02:00Z

    Earlier today, The Insurer  revealed that the alternative investment firm EnTrust is the likely bankroller to activist Voce Capital’s attack on Argo Group.

  • Q1-earnings
    Opinion

    Mixed messages from bellwethers on US commercial pricing

    2019-04-18T22:04:00Z

    Travelers saw a strong increase in pricing momentum on its business insurance book, but specialty carrier RLI was more muted in its enthusiasm after “flat” E S submissions and moderate rate hikes in the first quarter.

  • Les Rock – Rockstone
    Opinion

    View from the Rock

    2019-04-10T13:43:00Z

    London D F guru Les Rock has been out of the market for eleven years before his surprise return last month. Will he be just as successful this time round or has the fac market immeasurably changed over the past decade? The Insurer  finds out…

  • Florida and japan renewals
    Opinion

    A tail of two renewals

    2019-03-26T21:07:00Z

    The influence of adverse loss development on “short-tail” wind risk is proving a common theme in Japanese and Florida negotiations. But the reinsurance buying culture in the two markets couldn’t be any more different.