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21 September 2014

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AmTrust slapped with list of New York DFS requirements

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has instructed AmTrust to meet a number of requirements following the approval of affiliated entity ACP Re's takeover of Tower Group earlier this weekRead more


Ace expands multinational claims practice

Ace has expanded its multinational claims practice with the promotion of two senior executives, the global P&C insurer announced yesterday (18 September)Read more


Bolt: ‘Epic’ excess capital hampering recovery

Lloyd's director of performance Tom Bolt has blamed an "epic" excess of capital, too much regulation and a plethora of brokers in the market for the gloomy outlook at this year's Monte Carlo Rendez-VousRead more


Insurers to face extra sales tax costs after ECJ ruling

Insurers in Europe will be subject to extra value-added sales tax charges that could cost hundreds of millions of pounds, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday (17 September)Read more


Scottish independence vote ‘unlikely’ to hit gilts

Insurers' UK sovereign debt portfolios are unlikely suffer much volatility if the Scottish public votes for independence today (18 September), according to analysis from Towers WatsonRead more


Xchanging unveils heavyweight Netsett partners

Business processing firm Xchanging and partner Deutsche Bank have unveiled the key clients that have confirmed their participation in pilots of the Netsett platformRead more


News analysis

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Reinsurer strategies diverge in soft market grip

As reinsurers prepare to head to Monte Carlo to begin a renewal season that can only provoke a sense of dread, the divergence in soft market strategies that started to appear earlier this year is set to fall into sharper reliefRead more

2014 hurricane risk halved following quiet start

More than three months into the North Atlantic hurricane season, the (re)insurance industry has almost ridden out half of the hurricane risk, based upon the historical data on storm timingRead more


Investment yields dip despite carriers' efforts

A prolonged low interest rate environment has dominated the investment yields of carriers across our composites for several years, and the first half of 2014 was no differentRead more


Woodford stakebuilding once again in London market

Leading UK fund manager Neil Woodford is building stakes in London market (re)insurers for his new fund management business, Woodford Investment ManagementRead more

Insurers target hedge fund investments in quest for yield

Insurance companies are demonstrating a greater interest in making investment allocations to alternative asset classes such as hedge funds and private equity, according to Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM)Read more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Consolidation on the cards

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods has predicted an increase in M&A activity in the reinsurance sector off the back of conversations its analysts had in Monte Carlo.Read more

Trading RiskAll Articles
The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

Munich Re to expand Eden Re sidecar

Munich Re plans to significantly expand its $63mn cat reinsurance sidecar Eden Re next year.Read more

Loss fileAll Articles
Major losses and claims tracked

London leads $263mn Halliburton Deepwater exposure

The London market is expected to bear the brunt of Halliburton's $263mn insured legal bill for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

London leads $263mn Halliburton Deepwater exposure

The London market is expected to bear the brunt of Halliburton's $263mn insured legal bill for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.Read more

BriefingsAll Articles
Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

Insurers to face extra sales tax costs after ECJ ruling

Insurers in Europe will be subject to extra value-added sales tax charges that could cost hundreds of millions of pounds, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) yesterday (17 September)Read more

Solvency IIAll Articles
All the latest news and analysis as D-day approaches

Solvency II to ensure consumers come first: Bernardino

The EU's Solvency II capital regime will ensure insurance executives put consumers first, according to Gabriel Bernardino, chairman of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (Eiopa)Read more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

Run-off carriers failing to meet reserving targets: Ruxley

Legacy carriers are failing to meet reserve levels for US asbestos, pollution and health (APH) liabilities set by AM Best, research by run-off acquirer Ruxley has found.Read more

Inside FACAll Articles
Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

SK Hynix renewal sees premium triple

Despite suffering the largest single-risk loss of 2013, the SK Hynix programme renewal did not generate as much hardening in the semiconductor market as underwriters anticipated, sister publication Inside FAC reported this month.Read more

Insider Comment

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The tale of the old sea captain…

In times of plenty the reinsurance market seems like a vast fishing ground whose resources are virtually limitless. Then, imperceptibly at first, the catch peaksRead more

Scriven Profile

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Eliot Spitzer

As we approach the 10-year anniversary of his notorious Marsh legal complaint, which sent shockwaves throughout the P&C industry, the former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is our September 2014 profileRead more

Research & Supplements

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Monte Carlo Day 4

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2014 Day 4

The last in our series of Monte Carlo dailies for 2014Read more


II MC Day 2 2014

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2014 Day 2

The second of The Insurance Insider's Monte Carlo dailies for 2014Read more

Monte Carlo Day 3

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2014 Day 3

The third issue of our dailies from the 2014 Monte Carlo Rendez-VousRead more


Monte Carlo Day 1

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2014 Day 1

The Day 1 issue of The Insurance Insider's Monte Carlo dailies for 2014Read more

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