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29 January 2015

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PartnerRe says 1 January book to fall 1% to $2.7bn

PartnerRe said it expects to write and bind around $2.7bn of non-life treaty premium from the 1 January renewal, representing only a 1 percent drop from its renewable premium base at constant FX rates despite the soft marketRead more

MMC testifies to Senate over crucial role of cyber insurance

Marsh & McLennan (MMC) has today (28 January) testified to a US Senate committee highlighting the crucial role of the insurance market in tackling the escalating threat of cyber attacksRead more

BHSI targets Canadian build-out with trio of hires

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has hired a trio of senior underwriting executives to build a platform in the Canadian marketRead more

Houlder London cleared to use fraud defence in Hyundai case

London market broker Houlder (Houlder London) has been granted permission to use a defence alleging fraud and forgery against its Asian sister broker Houlder Far East in a negligence dispute being litigated in LondonRead more

Strong accident year UW and investments drive Ace to earnings beat

Ace beat fourth quarter operating earnings forecasts and generated record profits for the full year as it delivered strong accident year underwriting income and relatively solid investment performanceRead more

Florida’s population growth a ‘wake-up call’

Florida passing New York to become the third most populous US state should be a "wake-up call" for policymakers over hurricane risks, according to a leading think-tankRead more

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Axis-Partner looks like harbinger of deals

The news that Axis and PartnerRe have agreed to merge may come in time to be seen as a watershed moment for the reinsurance industryRead more

(Re)insurers to deliver solid Q4 results as 2015 outlook deteriorates

Following a quarter relatively free of major catastrophe losses, US-listed P&C (re)insurers look to have ended 2014 on a high after analysts predicted widespread earnings outperformance and continued book value growth in the upcoming Q4 reporting seasonRead more

Analysts positive on accretive Miller deal

Investment analysts have said that the agreement for Willis to take an 85 percent interest in independent London market broker Miller Insurance Services will be largely accretive to the big three broker's earningsRead more

Hedge fund reinsurers pressured by investment challenges

The challenges faced by hedge fund reinsurers in the current investment climate came under the spotlight last week, adding fuel to the debate over the efficacy of the modelRead more

US commercial P&C pricing to soften in 2015: Barclays

US commercial P&C insurance rates are finally set to soften in 2015 following years of slowing price gains, according to the latest Barclays commercial P&C insurance buyers' surveyRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Alsford Page & Gems announces PE-backed MBO

Independent Lloyd's broker Alsford Page & Gems (APG) has been bought out by a consortium comprising the company's current management and privately owned Australian private equity firm PSC Capital.Read more

Trading RiskAll Articles
The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

Top 10 ILS funds expand assets by 11% in 2014

The top 10 ILS funds lifted their combined assets under management by 11 percent throughout 2014 to reach $40bn at 1 January 2015, according to the latest Trading Risk survey of ILS investors.Read more

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Major losses and claims tracked

Fresh claim follows hard on heels of IG renewal terms

The International Group (IG) of protection and indemnity clubs has notified the market of a fresh loss to its reinsurance programme just days after renewal terms were released, The Insurance Insider has learned.Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

Houlder London cleared to use fraud defence in Hyundai case

London market broker Houlder (Houlder London) has been granted permission to use a defence alleging fraud and forgery against its Asian sister broker Houlder Far East in a negligence dispute being litigated in London.Read more

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Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

IUA raises concerns over lack of insurance expertise in BoE

London company market trade body the International Underwriting Association (IUA) has welcomed the Bank of England (BoE)'s appointment of Sam Woods as executive director for insurance supervision but has expressed concern over a lack of experience in the insurance sector.Read more

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All the latest news and analysis as D-day approaches

SII delegated acts come into force

The delegated acts for the European Union (EU)'s capital regime Solvency II officially entered into force on 18 January, following publication in the official journal of the EU the day before.Read more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

R&Q acquires Unilever captives

Legacy-to-live carrier Randall & Quilter (R&Q) has completed the acquisition of two Bermuda-based captives from consumer products giant Unilever Group, The Insurance Insider understandsRead more

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Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

Willis: Energy softening due to willingness to deploy excess capacity

Price softening in the lossmaking downstream market is being driven both by excess capacity and underwriters' willingness to deploy this capacity in earnest, according to Willis.Read more

Insider Comment

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Brood II

The infamous Brood II cicada of Northeast America lives most of its life as a nymph underground, munching happily on the roots of treesRead more

Scriven Profile

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Rob Terry

This month's profile is the founder of Quindell Rob TerryRead more

Research & Supplements

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Insider MC RT 2014

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo Roundtable 2014

One of the most important qualifications for being an underwriter is an eternal sense of optimism. If insurers or reinsurers thought the worst of every risk they were offered, nothing would ever get underwrittenRead more

Fac MC RT 2014

Inside FAC Monte Carlo Roundtable 2014

As the annual mayhem of the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous swung around this year, a selection of leaders in the facultative reinsurance market took time out of their no-doubt packed schedules to discuss how fac can survive in this rapidly softening and hugely competitive marketRead more

MC Reinsurance RT 2014

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo Reinsurance Roundtable

The champagne lounge has ejected the last befuddled reinsurance broker. In short, the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous is over and the business of talking about reinsurance business is at an end - it's time to actually start making some of those deals workRead more

PCI Day 3

PCI Newsletter 2014 Day 3

The last of our special newsletters from this year's PCI conferenceRead more

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