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Besso Ebitda rises 15% in 2015

Besso Insurance Group reported a 15 percent increase in Ebitda to £4.17mn for calendar-year 2015, with margins essentially flat, according to accounts filed with Companies HouseRead more


TigerRisk UK CEO Goldsmith to retire as Crawley steps up

John Goldsmith will retire from his position as chairman and CEO of TigerRisk's London operations at the end of the yearRead more


Market awaits potential NJ Transit claims after Hoboken crash

As the rescue and clear-up operation continues following this morning's fatal Hoboken train crash, insurers could face claims under NJ Transit's insurance programmeRead more


Typhoon Meranti losses could hit $1.15bn: AIR

Catastrophe modelling agency AIR Worldwide has estimated insured losses of between $650mn and $1.15bn in mainland China from Typhoon MerantiRead more


Arch hires A&H insurance head for US

Bermudian carrier Arch has appointed James Slate as head of its US accident and health (A&H) insurance businessRead more


Tullow confirms Jubilee BI cover valid

Tullow Oil, the operator of the damaged Kwame Nkrumah floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, has confirmed its insurers have accepted business interruption (BI) claims as recoverableRead more


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Lloyd’s feels underwriting margin crunch

An investment-driven increase in pre-tax profits in the first half of 2016 could not mask the mounting challenges for the Lloyd's market, as underwriting profits crashed and rates continued to deteriorateRead more

Expense growth eats away at underwriting margins

Global specialty insurers and reinsurers, particularly those trading in the Lloyd's market, are struggling to deal with a mounting expense problemRead more


Mutual premiums grew 3.1% in 2015: AM Best

Mutual insurers in the P&C space reported only "moderate" growth in net written premium (NWP) last year, according to a report from rating agency AM BestRead more


Cyclical shift between E&S and standard lines market may have begun

As downward pricing momentum builds in the wider US P&C sector, there is already evidence that competitive pressures are having a knock-on effect on the excess and surplus lines (E&S) marketRead more

Excess capacity to remain, but no longer growing

With reinsurance rate decreases decelerating and low absolute pricing creating more reinsurance demand, the supply side of the equation was a focus of discussion during Monte CarloRead more

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Mergers & Acquisitions

The Hartford climbs on possible Talcott sale

Shares in The Hartford climbed 2.3 percent last week following The Insurance Insider's revelation that it was seeking a buyer for its $4.7bn variable annuity business.Read more

Trading RiskAll Articles
The reinsurance convergence market uncovered

Scor contests CCR ruling on state cat guarantee

Scor said it planned to appeal the European Commission's ruling that the state guarantee provided to French reinsurer Caisse Centrale de Réassurance (CCR) complied with EU market rules. Read more

Loss fileAll Articles
Major losses and claims tracked

Market awaits potential NJ Transit claims after Hoboken crash

As the rescue and clear-up operation continues following this morning's fatal Hoboken train crash, insurers could face claims under NJ Transit's insurance programme.Read more

The latest on litigation and legal developments

Greenberg takes to stand in fraud trial

Former AIG chairman and CEO Hank Greenberg has said he was "trying to teach a lesson" to managers when he refused to take out reinsurance for the carrier's underperforming auto warranty book in the early 2000s.Read more

BriefingsAll Articles
Mapping the regulatory and legislative landscape

UK premium tax hike ‘raid on the responsible’: ABI

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has criticised an increase in the UK's insurance premium tax to 10 percent as a "raid on the responsible".Read more

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

US will not apply for formal SII equivalence: FIO

The US insurance market will not apply to the EU for formal Solvency II equivalence, according to Federal Insurance Office (FIO) director Michael McRaithRead more

In-depth coverage of the run-off sector

R&Q completes Belgian aviation legacy transfer

Legacy specialist Randall and Quilter (R&Q) has received regulatory approval for its transfer of legacy liabilities at Belgian aviation (re)insurer AviabelRead more

Inside FACAll Articles
Full coverage of the facultative reinsurance market

Property D&F market faces $250mn-$400mn Gap loss

A fire at a warehouse belonging to US retailer Gap could generate a loss of $250mn-$400mn for the property direct and facultative (D&F) market, The Insurance Insider can reveal. Read more

Insider Comment

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Entrepreneur, heal thyself

Greetings from MadridRead more

Research & Supplements

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MC Day 4 2016

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2016 Day 4

Monte Carlo - the place where the poor come to look at the rich and the rich come to feel inadequateRead more


MC Day 3 2016

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2016 Day 3

This is a great industry. I love it. I always have done and I always will doRead more

MC Day 2 2016a

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2016 Day 2

The power of a good metaphor should never be underestimatedRead more


MC 2016 Day 1

The Insurance Insider Monte Carlo 2016 Day 1

Who would have thought it? It turns out the worlds of theatre and reinsurance have many similaritiesRead more

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