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Liberty to redomicile UK insurer to Luxembourg

8 December 2017

Liberty Specialty Markets has refined its strategy for retaining access to the European Economic Area after Brexit with a decision to redomicile its UK insurance company to LuxembourgRead more


UK government pledges action on Pool Re terror gap

7 December 2017

The government expects to confirm early next year how it will tackle a non-damage business interruption (BI) gap in Pool Re's remit, a Treasury minister said yesterdayRead more


Opinion: Part VII purgatory

7 December 2017

Insurance policy transfer notifications must surely be the missive most likely to languish in the de facto in-tray under the fruit bowlRead more


Wrisk gains FCA authorisation

6 December 2017

Wrisk, a digital MGA, has received authorisation from the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to sell insuranceRead more


Chaucer’s Mena business gains Dubai authorisation

6 December 2017

Chaucer's service company in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has gained local authorisation, allowing the Lloyd's insurer to write business directly from the Middle East for the first timeRead more


Bermuda removed from EU tax haven blacklist

5 December 2017

The EU's latest tax haven blacklist, which has been released after 10 months of investigation, no longer includes BermudaRead more


FCA picks Etherisc, Sherpa and Wrisk for sandbox

5 December 2017

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has picked three InsurTech companies to participate in its regulatory sandbox, a scheme which allows start-ups operate in live market environment under regulatory supervisionRead more


UK ILS rules passed by parliament

5 December 2017

A parliamentary committee has passed risk transformation regulations that will allow for an ILS regime in the UKRead more


Munich Re CFO calls for delay to IFRS 17: report

4 December 2017

The CFO of Munich Re has become the latest senior (re)insurance executive to criticise the incoming IFRS 17 global insurance accounting standardRead more


Opinion: Closing the terrorism gap

4 December 2017

1993. Bill Clinton entered the White House, John Major fought with Cabinet "bastards" and Whitney Houston topped the chartsRead more


Opinion: Impatience on Ogden

1 December 2017

If you were in London yesterday, and listened very hard between 1pm and 2pm, you may have been able to make out the distinct sound of hundreds of insurance executives, actuaries and lawyers collectively sighing in disappointmentRead more


Ogden rate committee calls for further investigation

30 November 2017

A committee of UK legislators looking at a draft law to reform the Ogden discount rate has called for more fact-finding about how compensation recipients invest their sumsRead more


US tax reforms likely to push up insurance cost: O’Donnell

30 November 2017

US tax reforms will push up the cost of American insurance but will not necessarily shrink the pool of available capital, according to RenaissanceRe president and CEO Kevin O'DonnellRead more


Irdai committee calls for Indian reinsurance liberalisation

30 November 2017

A committee established by the Indian insurance regulator has called for improved access for foreign carriers to the domestic reinsurance marketRead more


Turkey to set up nuclear insurance pool: reports

30 November 2017

Turkey is to establish a nuclear insurance pool to offer EUR700mn ($829mn) of protection for the country's first nuclear power plants, located in Akkuyu and Sinop, according to reportsRead more


Opinion: EU outreach

30 November 2017

David Davis might feel like he's spent the last five months locked in the European Commission's Berlaymont building expected to weave a model of Brussels' famous Atomium with his teethRead more


Insurers under scrutiny in Australian financial services probe

30 November 2017

The Australian government is to commission an investigation into the financial services industry covering "alleged misconduct" at banks, wealth managers, pension funds and insurersRead more


Senate tax reform plan moves to final debate

30 November 2017

The Senate Republicans' tax reforms passed a major hurdle late yesterday with an agreement to move the proposals to a full vote of the chamberRead more


Genworth-Oceanwide deal deadline pushed back again

29 November 2017

Genworth and China Oceanwide have agreed to extend a takeover deadline again from tomorrow to 1 April and provide a space to reformulate the proposed $2.7bn deal to meet any concerns from US federal regulators and overseers in ChinaRead more


ILS legislation passed by UK parliament

29 November 2017

Risk transformation regulations that will allow for an insurance-linked securities (ILS) regime in the UK have been passed by parliamentRead more


Sirius to take majority stake in Phoenix

27 November 2017

Bermuda-headquartered (re)insurer Sirius International Insurance Group has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Israeli insurer The Phoenix Holdings in a 2.3bn shekel ($656.7mn) dealRead more


UK P&I Club opts for Netherlands for EU hub

24 November 2017

The UK P&I Club has chosen to establish a new EU subsidiary in the Netherlands to safeguard market access rights to the European Economic Area after BrexitRead more


Opinion: Tax reform and Bermuda

23 November 2017

Amid rapid moves from Republicans to advance the party's tax-reform agenda, lobbyists and industry advocates concerned with the proposals' handling of "base erosion" and cross-border transfers have redoubled efforts to argue their respective casesRead more


Eiopa to assess InsurTech regulation

23 November 2017

The European insurance regulator will launch a thematic review to examine how different EU countries treat InsurTechRead more


Hammond bolsters innovation as IPT unchanged

22 November 2017

The InsurTech sector could benefit from measures in the UK budget designed to spur investment in innovative companies and research and development (R&D)Read more


Standard Club selects Dublin for post-Brexit EU hub

22 November 2017

The Standard Club has become the second protection and indemnity (P&I) carrier this week to announce plans for a subsidiary in Dublin following the UK's decision to leave the EURead more


IPT in focus ahead of budget

21 November 2017

Insurers fear another rise in the UK's insurance premium tax (IPT) rate in tomorrow's budget after three increases in less than two years doubled the rate to 12 percentRead more


Reinsurance for NFIP sought as reform efforts stall

21 November 2017

A process to renew reinsurance for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) could lead to expanded cover, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) may be forced to pay a rate increase of 20 percent or moreRead more


Opinion: Tax tribulations

17 November 2017

Urged on by President Donald Trump, the US House of Representatives passed a corporate tax cut yesterday that would save businesses more than $1.45tn and could boost P&C insurers' earnings by an estimated 12 to 14 percentRead more


MP files motion against IPT hikes in UK budget

16 November 2017

Conservative MP Nigel Evans has filed an early day motion calling for a freeze on UK insurance premium tax (IPT) ahead of next week's autumn budgetRead more


NFIP issues reinsurance renewal tender

16 November 2017

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has issued a procurement notice that it is renewing its reinsurance coverageRead more


Fema hires Milliman to help redesign NFIP

15 November 2017

Coverage provided through the beleaguered National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be revamped with the help of actuarial consulting firm Milliman, under a contract announced todayRead more


Florida AOB reform effort moves forward in House

15 November 2017

Assignment of benefits (AOB) reform proposals in Florida took a small step forward yesterday when lawmakers in the state House of Representatives approved a new measure aimed at reining in abuses blamed for driving homeowners’ rates sharply higher in recent yearsRead more


Opinion: Flood reforms

15 November 2017

The multi-billion dollar US flood insurance market may yet be cracked open for private carriers after yesterday's passage in the House of Representatives of a reform measure that would do just thatRead more


China P&C volatility to increase: S&P

14 November 2017

The launch of the second phase of motor insurance pricing reforms in China will increase volatility in P&C insurers' underwriting performance over the next two years, according to rating agency Standard & Poor'sRead more


Insurance issue enters tax reform debate

14 November 2017

Insurance became a key issue in the US tax reform debate yesterday after President Donald Trump insisted that lawmakers include a rollback of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate in the bill to fund a cut in income taxesRead more


Opinion: FDI flirtations

14 November 2017

It was with a raised eyebrow that I read reports suggesting the Chinese government was planning to ease restrictions on foreign ownership of Chinese insurersRead more


FCA issues consultation paper on levy changes

13 November 2017

The UK's financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is consulting on a range of proposals which will change how the watchdog is fundedRead more


GFIA calls for insurance capital standard delay

13 November 2017

The Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) has urged insurance supervisors to delay the new worldwide insurance capital standard (ICS), arguing that the timeline is too ambitiousRead more


Agora receives final Lloyd’s approval for full syndicate

13 November 2017

Third party managing agent Asta has received final clearance from Lloyd's for special purpose arrangement (SPA) Agora to start writing business as a full syndicate in JanuaryRead more


Peak Re gains Singaporean authorisation

10 November 2017

Fosun-backed reinsurer Peak Re has secured approval to begin operating in SingaporeRead more


Opinion: Brokers in the spotlight

9 November 2017

Is a day of reckoning coming for brokers?Read more


Broker fees at risk in FCA probe: Credit Suisse

8 November 2017

Regulatory scrutiny of the fees brokers receive from carriers could be the most problematic aspect of a three-part Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) probe into the London wholesale insurance broking market, according to Credit Suisse analystsRead more


UK lawmakers’ Solvency II wish list exceeds PRA proposals

7 November 2017

An influential UK parliamentary committee report on Solvency II has put UK regulator the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) on a tighter leash, though risks making Brexit more complicated, regulatory experts sayRead more


Challenges and opportunities in focus at London Market Conference

7 November 2017

What should the London market look like in 2025? That was the question Lloyd's chairman Bruce Carnegie-Brown addressed at The Insurance Insider's London Market ConferenceRead more


Postcard from Singapore

7 November 2017

Singapore is often described as Asia for beginners, given its large expat community, spectacularly clean streets, lack of crime and the fact that everything from transport to public services just, well, worksRead more


UK regulator outlines London ILS stance

7 November 2017

The Prudential Regulation Authority outlined its approach to ensuring that London-based ILS vehicles meet requirements to be fully funded under Solvency II regulations, as it said ISPVs must prove they have secured funding before risk transferRead more


Insurers face good, bad and ugly in GOP tax reforms

7 November 2017

Insurers have plenty to be excited about in the Republican proposal to cut corporate taxes even as it closes off or limits some current benefitsRead more


Trouble in paradise

7 November 2017

It's not every day that I brush my teeth while listening to the premier of Bermuda getting a grilling from a hostile BBC journalistRead more


Opinion: Let the game begin

6 November 2017

Tax reform in the US, as elsewhere, usually boils down to robbing Peter to pay PaulRead more


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