A holistic approach to capital


A study by Aon and the Lloyd’s Market Association has this week highlighted the varying approaches towards capital management taken among CFOs at managing agents.

Climate change

Heightened focus on climate risk uncertainty brings potential for unintended consequences…


A series of high catastrophe loss years coupled with wider media and governmental focus on the impacts of climate change has focused investor attention on catastrophe risk and volatility.

Willis Re and Gallagher Re

TUPE poses final hurdle as Willis Re looks to more certain future…


Arthur J Gallagher’s $3.25bn+ acquisition of Willis Re has moved a step closer to completion with the news yesterday that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority had cleared the deal.

COP26 Globe

Five key takeaways from COP26


As COP26 draws to a close, negotiators are continuing to attempt to agree a deal on the next steps the world will take in addressing climate change.

COP26 – we can do this if we act now

Mobilising finance critical to a more resilient future


As delegates continue to negotiate over what will make it into the final agreement to emerge from COP26, finance remains a major stumbling block.


Looking under the hood of the Lemonade-Metromile deal


Lemonade’s deal to acquire Metromile was possible because of a slump in the auto insurtech’s valuation since going public earlier this year, and may suggest other insurtech takeovers to come.


Good news on the regulatory front but old habits die hard


In February 2019, London’s insurance broking grandees were getting twitchy. Word was out that the regulator Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) was to finally publish its findings into an exhaustive, sixteen month review into wholesale brokers’ business practices.


Risk and resilience rises up agenda


As COP26 talks begin to draw towards conclusion, it appears increasingly clear that resolutions around the key talking point – emissions reduction – will be limited and at best will likely guide towards establishing stronger targets by the end of next year.

Glasgow protests

Maintaining momentum critical as industry looks to the future


Climate change poses a challenge to the (re)insurance industry on multiple fronts, but can broadly be broken down into two areas: action to mitigate its own contributions to emissions - both operationally and through its underwriting and investment activity - and action to build resilience through helping society adapt to ...

Connecting data

Solving the data emergency to create a common language of risk


One of the major challenges with creating insurance-based systems to boost societal resilience is achieving the necessary scale for those solutions to make enough of a difference to lives and livelihoods.

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Monte Carlo: Two is a problem, but three would be trouble…


Last Thursday, the organising committee of the September Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous (RVS) confirmed the timing of next year’s event. In this sense, the announcement was quite unremarkable. Their choice of wording, however, was anything but.

World in hands

Laying the foundations for a more resilient world


This week’s discussions at COP26 have positioned finance – and within that insurance – as the key lever that can help facilitate the transition towards a decarbonised, climate-resilient world.

There is no planet B

Getting the message across: the industry’s climate communication challenge


One of the relentless challenges facing the insurance industry is its perception among the wider population.

Lloyd's protesters

If you take a leadership position, prepare to be a target for activists…


A (re)insurer’s ability to receive a glowing report card from eco-activists is partly influenced by the size and nature of its existing business.

COP26 hot air band

Spotlight to fall on insurance at COP26 Finance Day


Tomorrow will mark a pivotal day in the COP26 schedule from an insurance perspective, with the event’s “Finance Day” providing an opportunity for the industry to highlight the role it can play in helping address challenges around climate change.

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Insurance can help facilitate step change in adaptation


Ahead of the start of COP26 talks on Sunday, a document issued by the UK presidency highlighted the need for a step change in adaptation on the ground and support for those suffering loss and damage.

COP26 flag

Playing a central role: how insurers can support the decarbonisation transition


Over the next two weeks, the UN’s COP26 climate talks will bring together a melting pot of politicians, scientists, lobbyists, activists and private sector representatives who will attempt to deliver on the promises set out in the Paris Agreement six years ago. 


Riskier business


While there is still just over a month to go in the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, activity has been relatively light since the devastation caused by Ida at the end of August.

Target Markets

Letter from Target Markets: back to deal-making


Two years is a long time in the program market. And last week’s long-anticipated return of the Target Markets Program Administrators Association Summit brought a record attendance as well over 900 delegates descended on Scottsdale, Arizona thirsty for a return to large-scale face-to-face interaction.

Baden Baden

A postcard from Baden-Baden…


After last year’s hiatus, this week saw the return of the Baden-Baden reinsurance symposium at the elegant German spa town. Inevitably delegate numbers were down but The Insurer was still there to take the pulse of the European reinsurance markets.