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  • US Legacy
    Opinion

    Opening the floodgates?

    2020-03-06T23:36:00Z

    A court ruling on the first proposed IBT in Oklahoma could lead to a surge of activity in the $350bn US legacy market…

  • Claw machine – Sirius and PartnerRe
    Opinion

    Sadly, you can’t choose your parents…

    2020-03-05T13:03:00Z

    The contrasting fortunes of two Bermudian reinsurers

  • Jon hancock – all seasons
    Opinion

    Wanted: A Lloyd’s man* for all seasons

    2020-03-04T14:06:00Z

    Whoever succeeds Jon Hancock will become only the fourth head of Lloyd’s underwriting performance.

  • 2 trucks
    Opinion

    Rough ride in auto continues

    2020-03-03T06:08:00Z

    Hallmark Financial’s announced exit from binding primary auto business demonstrates the long road to recovery that many underwriters face before the issue of claims severity disappears in the rear-view mirror.

  • Pool Re cast in government net
    Opinion

    Pool Re cast in government net: what next?

    2020-02-28T13:17:00Z

    Earlier today, it was announced the UK terrorism mutual, Pool Re, is to fall under government supervision following classification by The Office for National Statistics (ONS) that it is a public body.

  • Warren buffett 900
    Opinion

    All about the float

    2020-02-23T05:00:00Z

    Underwriting profits in 16 out of the last 17 years and insurance investment income continue to generate float at Berkshire Hathaway.

  • Florida and japan renewals
    Opinion

    Japan and Florida: A tail of two markets (reprise)

    2020-02-19T22:03:00Z

    Last year when the The Insurer covered the mid-year wind renewals we commented that the influence of adverse development on “short-tail” wind risk was proving to be a common theme in Japanese and Florida. Eleven months later and on the face of it not much has changed at all. ...

  • FAC – Lloyd's
    Opinion

    The FCA on the London market: a curious critique

    2020-02-19T19:33:00Z

    Another year, another report from the UK regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on the state of the country’s financial services sector, examining the ways in which the financial environment is changing and the impact of these changes on market effectiveness.

  • AIG – New York
    Opinion

    AIG points to mounting D&O and R&W pressures…

    2020-02-14T12:36:00Z

    If public D O was the canary in the coalmine for financial lines underwriters, then evidence in recent days suggests that loss trends are now accelerating in other classes within the segment.

  • Acrisure
    Opinion

    Acrisure on the SME revolutionary road…

    2020-02-13T12:54:00Z

    Changes at retail agent consolidator Acrisure which include a focus on cutting costs from the SME insurance transaction raise some intriguing possibilities…

  • IAG share price index
    Opinion

    A brave new world for Australia’s insurers?

    2020-02-12T23:06:00Z

    IAG’s recent uplift of its perils assumptions suggests not so much a revision as a recalibration in response to weather-related claims in Australia.

  • Aditya Dutt and John Doucette Everest Re
    Opinion

    RE vs RNR: A capital contrast

    2020-02-12T13:10:00Z

    Yesterday, Everest Re shares performed strongly in response to consensus-beating Q4 results, nudging up 2 percent to a new all-time high.

  • Florida
    Opinion

    The multiplier effect

    2020-02-10T12:22:00Z

    The news flow out of Florida so far this year has highlighted mounting pressures on homeowners carriers. But momentum behind legislation to tackle soaring attorneys fees could bring some welcome respite…

  • Global (re)insurance M&A 2014-2020 i
    Opinion

    Covéa’s $9bn PartnerRe pitch prices out obvious rivals

    2020-02-10T11:52:00Z

    In 2019, the global M A carousel temporarily slowed when it came to big cross-border (re)insurance transactions. 

  • Recent legislative activity – Gavel
    Opinion

    Tort bounce for fragile stocks

    2020-02-06T11:54:00Z

    There was strong performance in US insurance stocks led by Chubb and Markel yesterday after incrementally positive news on reserves and loss trends helped boost investor confidence.

  • Multistrat Group
    Opinion

    Chasing tail

    2020-02-05T12:56:00Z

    Casualty has for a long time been identified as the next frontier for the ILS market.

  • RenaissanceRe – Lloyd's
    Opinion

    Flight to quality

    2020-02-05T07:23:00Z

    News of a significant fundraise by RenRe’s managed third party capital vehicles in Q4 and at 1.1 is no surprise.

  • Worn shoe
    Opinion

    Brokers toil on the mean streets of market change

    2020-02-04T00:06:00Z

    The momentum of broad price increases that have taken hold in the commercial insurance market has inevitably been a dominant theme in the fourth quarter earnings season.

  • Ardonagh spotlight
    Opinion

    Spotlight now on Ardonagh as GRP finds new investor in Searchlight

    2020-02-03T20:03:00Z

    The news yesterday that UK broker aggregator GRP has agreed terms to sell a majority stake to the US PE House Searchlight Capital Partners has focussed the spotlight on its larger rival Ardonagh, the company founded by GRP’s executive chairman Peter Cullum.

  • Hurrican Irma – Florida
    Opinion

    A sting in the tail

    2020-02-03T12:40:00Z

    When Irma dodged a direct Miami hit and weakened to Cat 1 as it headed to Tampa in September 2017, the Florida homeowners market may have breathed a collective sigh of relief.