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19 September 2017

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Cat 5 Maria targets Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

A strengthening Hurricane Maria is on track to hit the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by tomorrow as a Category 4 or 5 storm with sustained winds of 155 to 160mph (249-257kph), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has warnedRead more


Market waking up to ‘worst-of-all-worlds’ loss

Early optimism around the effect of Hurricane Irma on rates is quickly receding as more data points emerge which suggest that even combined with Hurricane Harvey the storm will have only a manageable impact on capital levelsRead more


Irma US insured losses up to $27bn: CoreLogic

Hurricane Irma's toll of industry insured property losses in the US may reach as much as $27.0bn or may be as low as $22.5bn, data analytics provider CoreLogic said todayRead more


XL picks Dublin for post-Brexit EU base

XL Group has decided to move its European headquarters to Dublin from London in response to Brexit, joining several other carriers that plan to set up EU bases thereRead more


Arch reshuffles as McElroy steps aside

Arch Capital's Nicolas Papadopoulo will replace David McElroy as chairman and CEO of Arch Worldwide Insurance Group and CUO for P&C operations on 1 OctoberRead more


CNA Hardy lure Powell from Acappella to head terrorism

CNA Hardy has hired Acapella’s Jonathan Powell as head of terrorism, based in London, a spokesperson for the US insurer has confirmedRead more


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Hurricane Irma: P&C (re)insurance stock impact

As this year's hurricane season continued to show strong momentum with Hurricane Irma following shortly after Hurricane Harvey, investors grew increasingly wary of the P&C (re)insurance industry suffering the possibility of three-digit billion dollar losses and reacted accordinglyRead more

Harvey damage: market shares and exposures

Equity analysts last week crunched the numbers to estimate the impact of Harvey on individual (re)insurers even while the event continued to unfoldRead more


Hurricane Harvey: analysts’ view

Labelled one of the biggest US natural catastrophes in history, Harvey has so far evaded definitive damage estimates for the P&C (re)insurance industry as the event continues to unfoldRead more


Total return reinsurers’ results improve in Q2

Total return reinsurers reported better second quarter results than in the prior-year period, as they generated lower combined ratios and returns that were slightly ahead of analysts' forecastsRead more

Q2 wrap: top line

Softening rates and a competitive market environment led most of the companies in The Insurance Insider's coverage universe to post lower top line growth rates in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period of last yearRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Generali EUR200mn legacy sale down to three

The bidding process for Generali's EUR200mn ($238mn) legacy book has narrowed to three parties, with final offers due this week, The Insurance Insider has learned. Read more

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The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

Cat bond prices recover from Irma hit

Cat bond prices improved at the end of last week as it became clear that Hurricane Irma was not going to be a major threat to the cat bond segment of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market. Read more

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Major losses and claims tracked

Market waking up to ‘worst-of-all-worlds’ loss

Early optimism around the effect of Hurricane Irma on rates is quickly receding as more data points emerge which suggest that even combined with Hurricane Harvey the storm will have only a manageable impact on capital levels.Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

Greenberg wins round in Spitzer legal battle

Maurice "Hank" Greenberg won a round in his pursuit of former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer as a state appeals court ruled that the former AIG CEO could seek a defamation judgment against his legal nemesis.Read more

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Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

XL picks Dublin for post-Brexit EU base

XL Group has decided to move its European headquarters to Dublin from London in response to Brexit, joining several other carriers that plan to set up EU bases there.Read 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

Generali EUR200mn legacy sale down to three

The bidding process for Generali's EUR200mn ($238mn) legacy book has narrowed to three parties, with final offers due this week, The Insurance Insider has learned. Read more

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Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

Texas habitational losses to hurt London D&F market

The London property direct and facultative (D&F) market is braced for a slew of claims stemming from Texan habitational accounts in the aftermath of Harvey. Read more

Insider Comment

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Regression, then progress

It seems paradoxical that I should be writing to tell you of the demise of our monthly print editionRead more

Research & Supplements

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Monte Carlo 2017 Day 4

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2017 Day 4

This is my 13th straight Rendez-Vous. I have become an RVS teenagerRead more


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The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2017 Day 2

Over the weekend, a huge bloc of Rendez-Vous-ers found that what seems very simple on paper can be fiendishly difficult in practiceRead more

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The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2017 Day 3

Psychologists have proven that in a negotiation it is always a good tactic to anchor your opponent's expectations with your first bidRead more


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The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2017 Day 1

Awards acceptance speeches are usually quite predictable. But when a Cat-5 hurricane is hurtling towards Florida, predictability is the first casualtyRead more

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