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22 December 2014

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Lloyd’s capacity down for first time in six years

Lloyd's stamp capacity is set to contract for the first time in six years under the weight of mounting soft market pressure, putting an end to a long run of compound growth witnessed in prior yearsRead more


US cat renewals down double digits

But bonfire of terms and conditions fails to materialise as underwriters show resolveRead more


Ex-QBE underwriter Bathia raising capital for new company

Former QBE underwriter Ash Bathia is in the early stages of raising capital for an insurance start-up, The Insurance Insider can revealRead more


XL-Catlin: pig-headed dilution or strategic master plan?

The Insurance Insider looks at the rationale for the surprise £2.5bn deal funded predominantly by XL's large cash reservesRead more


Late marine renewals softer than expected

Marine treaty rates look set to drop at speeds in line with the property cat reinsurance market at 1 January despite more than $300mn of deterioration on the Costa Concordia loss, The Insurance Insider understandsRead more


Capsicum Re wins UK motor accounts

Capsicum Re has won the major UK motor treaty accounts of Hastings Direct and eSure, The Insurance Insider has learnedRead more


News analysis

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XL-Catlin: pig-headed dilution or strategic master plan?

The Insurance Insider looks at the rationale for the surprise £2.5bn deal funded predominantly by XL's large cash reservesRead more

Lloyd’s capacity dips to £26.2bn in 2015

Stamp capacity for the Lloyd's market as a whole is set to fall by 0.8 percent next year, although by numbers alone the amount of syndicates pre-empting outweighed those shrinking or holding their capacity steadyRead more


Tria non-renewal threatens workers’ comp capacity crunch

The expiration of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (Tria) is likely to have a significant impact on the workers' compensation market, with buyers facing a potential capacity crunch if Congress fails to act swiftly on a renewal of the US government terrorism backstop in the New YearRead more


Swiss Re: 2014 loss total falls sharply

Insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made events fell significantly in 2014, according to research from Swiss Re's Sigma research unitRead more

Volatility offers 2015 opportunities for investment managers

As 2014 draws to a close, investment managers at insurers can look back on a year of steady performance after lower treasury yields boosted the total return of their portfolios, despite widening spreads in the high yield marketRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

XL-Catlin approach fuels growth in Lloyd’s stocks

P&C (re)insurance stocks rebounded last week, with our Insider 30 index recording a 2.77 percent gain.Read more

Trading RiskAll Articles
The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

Barbican-Credit Suisse hope to build partnership

Barbican group CEO David Reeves said the Lloyd's insurer and the Credit Suisse insurance-linked securities (ILS) team hope to develop their partnership further and may aim for full syndicate status for special purpose syndicate (SPS) 6120. Read more

Loss fileAll Articles
Major losses and claims tracked

RSA puts German P&C business into run-off

UK insurance group RSA has put a sizable chunk of its underperforming German operation into run-off as CEO Stephen Hester continues to streamline the business and its balance sheet, The Insurance Insider has learned.Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

AmTrust sues short-sellers for defamation

Earlier this month, AmTrust filed a defamation suit against short sellers and an equity research firm accusing the defendants of attempting to manipulate the Nasdaq-listed insurer's stock price by publishing "false and misleading" statements.Read more

BriefingsAll Articles
Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

Large UK homes will now be included in Flood Re

The criteria for properties eligible for inclusion in Flood Re have been widened to include band H, the highest property tax band in England and Scotland. Read more

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

Insurers rethink investment strategies in time for Solvency II

Insurers are working to ensure their investment strategies are sufficiently transparent before the European Union's Solvency II capital regime is implemented on 1 January 2016.Read more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

RSA puts German P&C business into run-off

UK insurance group RSA has put a sizable chunk of its underperforming German operation into run-off as CEO Stephen Hester continues to streamline the business and its balance sheet, The Insurance Insider has learned.Read more

Inside FACAll Articles
Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

LA apartment block fire to cost up to $60mn

A major fire that destroyed over two-thirds of an apartment block under construction in Los Angeles is likely to cost insurers in the range of $40mn-$60mn, sources told sister publication Inside FAC. Read more

Insider Comment

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An early bath

In the days before power showers, the UK's preferred method of daily ablution was the humble bath. Getting into the tub might involve a sharp intake of breath, but once accustomed to the temperature the bather could lean back and luxuriate in its pleasantly perfumed warmthRead 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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