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28 July 2017

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PartnerRe swings to Q2 profit on non-life uptick

PartnerRe credited its non-life underwriting result as it reported a $97mn second quarter operating profit to follow a $66mn loss in the year-ago periodRead more

Validus surpasses consensus in Q2

Validus joined a number of its peers in exceeding second quarter analyst estimates with operating earnings of $1.09 per share - topping expectations of $0.99 per share and the prior-year result of $0.69 per shareRead more

Investors dump carriers even after earnings beats

(Re)insurers led by XL Group took a beating in midday New York trading today as investors punished the shares of those that both exceeded and failed to meet second-quarter earnings expectations this weekRead more

Guy Carpenter Q2 organic revenue jumps 4 percent

Revenues at Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) reinsurance arm Guy Carpenter rose 4 percent year-on-year in the second quarter to $293mn as group earnings per share met forecastsRead more

AJG matches forecasts as organic revenues up 4.2%

AJ Gallagher met Wall Street expectations with second quarter profit of $1.03 a share while organic revenue climbed 4.2 percent at the firm's broking operationsRead more

The Hartford tops estimates despite pensions noise

US nationwide insurer The Hartford bested Wall Street forecasts for core second quarter earnings by more than 10 percent, but fell to a small net loss as it absorbed a pre-announced $488mn pension chargeRead more

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Q2 preview: Cats, loss trends in focus as reserve releases shrink

P&C (re)insurers experienced a relatively benign quarter in terms of natural catastrophe events, though recent company disclosures have dented more bullish assumptions about related lossesRead more

Further modest improvement seen in US commercial rates

US commercial P&C rates continued their upward trajectory in the second quarter, according to bellwether insurer TravelersRead more

Beat Capital gives MGA wave further impetus

The tide of London-based MGA start-ups shows no sign of slowing, with Tom Milligan's venture capital launch providing yet another platform for entrepreneurial types to grab their piece of the London marketRead more

InsurTech funding plunges in Q1: Startupbootcamp

The total level of InsurTech funding fell by almost two-thirds in the first quarter of the year, interrupting a general upward trend in the sector, according to PwC and StartupbootcampRead more

Cat bond sponsors seize on demand in Q2

Cat bond sponsors took advantage of strong investor demand in the second quarter of 2017 to bulk up on insurance-linked securities (ILS) cover, with the upsizing of transactions adding $1.9bn to quarterly volumesRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Markel-State National: the valuation question

The optics of Markel's $919mn acquisition of fronting carrier State National look very different depending on the methodology employed to value a business without an obvious public markets peer.Read more

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The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

New ILS regulations welcolmed as ‘workable’ framework

Reaction to the UK government's insurance-linked securities (ILS) regulations released last week has been positive, with market participants saying their concerns about earlier draft proposals had been noted and the end result was a framework they could work with.Read more

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Major losses and claims tracked

Kaikoura quake claims reach $1.4bn

New Zealand-based insurers have paid out more than NZ$522mn ($385mn) in claims related to the Kaikoura earthquake in November, according to the Insurance Council of New ZealandRead more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

London D&O market braces for Slater and Gordon claim

The London directors' and officers' (D&O) market is facing a claim of around $26mn following a settlement by Australian law firm Slater and Gordon with its shareholders.Read more

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Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

Starr Companies picks Malta for post-Brexit base

Starr Companies has opted to establish a subsidiary in Malta as its future base in the European Union, the US carrier has told this publicationRead more

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All the latest news and analysis

EC threatens states with court action over Solvency II

The European Commission (EC) has called on five EU member states to fully transpose Solvency II rules into national legislation or face a referral to the EU Court of Justice.Read more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

Sovag to dispose of EUR120mn run-off book

Hamburg-headquartered insurer Schwarzmeer und Ostsee Versicherungsaktiengesellschaft, known as Sovag, is bringing a legacy book holding EUR120mn ($140mn) of gross reserves to market, The Insurance Insider understands. Read more

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Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

Aon Benfield nearing finish line on Project Landmark

Aon Benfield is in the latter stages of putting together its second regional facultative reinsurance facility to package up capacity for UK, European and Middle Eastern clients, The Insurance Insider can reveal.Read more

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A leaky roof

I've got a leaky roofRead more

Research & Supplements

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MGA Review

MGA Review 2017

Back at the end of each of the last few soft markets London-based MGAs have managed to make quite a name for themselvesRead more

Legacy 2017

Legacy 2017

At the moment, it feels like few things in life are a safe betRead more

TRIG spring 2017

Trading Risk Investor Guide H1 2017

Trading Risk was first launched in 2008 just before the crux of the financial crisis - a period that was ultimately to boost the fortunes of the ILS market, as it showed the value of a truly non-correlating asset classRead more

Bermuda RT 2016 2017

Bermuda Roundtable 2016/17

Bermuda RT 2016 2017 It's a bit of a cliché to say we're living in interesting times, but clichés become clichés because there's more than an element of truth to themRead more

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