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AM Best upgrades Patria Re

AM Best has upgraded the financial strength rating of Mexican carrier Patria Re from A- to A, the ratings agency announced today (24 October)Read more

Charles Taylor and Standard Club get Lloyd’s approval

Charles Taylor and the Standard Club have secured in-principle approval from Lloyd's to create a managing agency and syndicate respectively, The Insurance Insider has learnedRead more

WR Berkley outperforms on underwriting and investment

WR Berkley has beaten Wall Street forecasts for the third quarter after reporting a 31 percent hike in operating profits for the periodRead more

AGCS launches mid-corporate division

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has launched a new business unit designed to serve mid-sized companiesRead more

Amlin signs agreement to increase Leadenhall stake

Amlin has signed a definitive agreement to lift its stake in insurance-linked securities fund manager Leadenhall Capital Partners (LCP) from 40 percent to 75 percent, the Lloyd's carrier announced today (24 October)Read more

Chubb raises guidance following record Q3 operating EPS

Chubb has raised its full-year earnings guidance after generating record third-quarter operating earnings per share (EPS) that surpassed Wall Street forecastsRead more

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Bleak outlook expected to cloud strong US P&C earnings in Q3

US-listed P&C carriers are widely expected to beat consensus earnings forecasts for the third quarter, driven by an inactive wind season and a relatively quiet period for major catastrophe lossesRead more

Early reporters reveal mixed results but same outlook

M&A valuations for (re)insurance businesses are likely to come under pressure next year as the pendulum swings from more of a buyers' market to a sellers' oneRead more

Lloyd’s Names exercise caution at 2015 capacity auctions as pressures mount

Names' interest in capacity on Lloyd's syndicates has significantly waned at the 2015 auctions amid deteriorating market conditions and a suppressed industry outlookRead more

Ratings actions: a year of two halves?

Ratings agencies AM Best and Standard & Poor's (S&P) made just five changes between them to reinsurer ratings in the first half of the year, but all of them were positiveRead more

Short-tail carriers lead 2014 multiple compression

Valuations on a price-to-book basis have fallen by 6 percent for the companies in The Insider 30 in the year to date, as sentiment on the sector has turned negative following 2013's stellar share price performanceRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Admin Re offloads US subsidiary to RGA

Swiss Re's Admin Re division has announced the sale of its closed life US subsidiary Aurora National Life Assurance Company to Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)Read more

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The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

Amlin signs agreement to increase Leadenhall stake

Amlin has signed a definitive agreement to lift its stake in insurance-linked securities fund manager Leadenhall Capital Partners (LCP) from 40 percent to 75 percent, the Lloyd's carrier announced today (24 October)Read more

Loss fileAll Articles
Major losses and claims tracked

Gonzalo Bermuda losses to cost insurers $200mn-400mn: AIR

Cat modelling firm AIR Worldwide has put a range of $200mn to $400mn on estimated insured losses from Hurricane Gonzalo in Bermuda.Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

Aon defends $242mn Lithuanian negligence suit

Big three broker Aon is fighting against allegations in the UK Commercial Court that it wrongly removed $242mn of business interruption (BI) cover from a policy for a Lithuanian energy companyRead more

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Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

Tria inaction is ‘shameful’, says Ace boss

Ace CEO Evan Greenberg has heavily criticised the US government for its lack of action to renew the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (Tria), accusing Congress of being "irresponsible" for its indecision.Read more

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All the latest news and analysis as D-day approaches

Lloyd’s cracks down on Solvency II stragglers

Managing agents that fall short of Lloyd's standards on Solvency II preparedness will face punitive capital requirements in 2015 as the Corporation looks to galvanise laggards into action, The Insurance Insider can reveal.Read more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

Compre re-hires Eilers as HIR supervisory chair

Compre Holdings has appointed German industry veteran Dr Wolfgang Eilers to chair the supervisory board of Hamburger Internationale Rück (HIR), which the independent (re)insurance legacy specialist acquired from Tawa plc in August this yearRead more

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Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

$200mn+ ABS-2 satellite loss to hit market

The niche space (re)insurance market  looks set to take a loss of $200mn+ following the failure of a satellite in orbit, our sister title Inside FAC revealed last week.Read more

Insider Comment

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A Third Way for broking entrepreneurs?

Back in September during Monte Carlo, talk of a Willis-Miller deal had been a prime candidate for the crazy rumour of the month. But the rumours refused to go awayRead more

Scriven Profile

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Mike Reynolds

The new JLT Re CEO is our October 2014 profileRead more

Research & Supplements

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BB 2014 Day 2

Baden-Baden Newsletter 2014 Day 2

The second of our newsletters from Baden-Baden for 2014Read more

BB 2014 Day 1

Baden-Baden Newsletter 2014 Day 1

Many in our sector are so preoccupied with the day-to-day element of their operations that they don't seem to notice that something is a threat until it gets so close that they can't avoid identifying itRead more

II Honours 2014

The Insurance Insider Honours 2014

The Insurance Insider's third Honours event saw 800 leading industry executives packed into the spectacular riverside setting of London's Old Billingsgate Market at a splendid gala evening compered by UK comedian Rory BremnerRead more

Monte Carlo Day 4

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2014 Day 4

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

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