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Opinion: Trump flood rollback

17 August 2017

As with just about all things Trumpian, the US president's latest message has been clouded with unrelated and often inflammatory rhetoric that grabs headlines while obscuring the portent of his actionsRead more


Trump rolls back flood standards for roads, bridges

15 August 2017

President Donald Trump revoked an executive order from the Obama administration to roll back building standards in flood-prone areas to the rules that applied in the mid-1970s, sparking blistering criticism from both right and leftRead more


Insurers support rethink on Australian disaster spend

14 August 2017

Australian insurance bodies have supported a Senate committee report that called on the federal government to reconsider increasing its spending natural disaster mitigationRead more


Opinion: Ogden appeal

14 August 2017

The chaos unleashed by the UK government's decision to alter the Ogden discount rate in February has continued this week, as another round of earnings results has laid bare the impact on (re)insurersRead more


Advisers see notification issues from Part VII rulebook

1 August 2017

The regulatory requirements surrounding Part VII portfolio transfers look set to increase under proposals from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)Read more


Challenges seen as UK regulators expand accountability rules

1 August 2017

Insurers and intermediaries face upheaval as the UK's financial regulators prepare to roll out conduct and accountability rules originally devised for bankers in the aftermath of the financial crisisRead more


Fosun chairman backs China overseas M&A crackdown: report

31 July 2017

Fosun International chairman Guo Guangchang has thrown his weight behind an "essential and timely" push for stricter oversight of overseas M&A deals by Chinese authorities, according to a reportRead more


Starr Companies picks Malta for post-Brexit base

27 July 2017

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


UK regulators consult on manager accountability rules

26 July 2017

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) today released long-awaited proposals for the rollout of a new personal accountability framework to insurers and other firms under its auspices, as the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) began consulting about honing its recently introduced regime for insurance managersRead more


Starr to establish P&C branch in Netherlands

26 July 2017

Starr Companies is setting up a new operation in the Netherlands as part of an expansion of its property and casualty businessRead more


Opinion: Taming takeovers

26 July 2017

From the ashes of her manifesto Prime Minister Theresa May has picked out a measure that could see certain UK companies shielded from foreign biddersRead more


NZ regulator blocks Suncorp's Tower takeover

26 July 2017

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has blocked Suncorp's agreed takeover of the country's third-biggest insurer, TowerRead more


Opinion: Transitioning

25 July 2017

The government of UK prime minister Theresa May is about to make it easier to transitionRead more


New ILS regulations welcolmed as ‘workable’ framework

25 July 2017

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 withRead more


UK government publishes final ILS rules

24 July 2017

Marathon efforts to establish London as an insurance-linked securities (ILS) hub passed a major milestone last week when the UK government released final regulations for the new regimeRead more


ITI Re may surrender licence on regulatory barriers: report

24 July 2017

India's first private market reinsurer ITI Re is considering the possibility of surrendering its licence due to regulatory issues in the country, including credit rating stipulations and obligatory cession rulesRead more


Opinion: London calling

24 July 2017

The UK's attempt to get a local hub for ILS business up and running has encountered a fair amount of classically glum British scepticism in the past couple of yearsRead more


Markel appoints Mathur to lead entry into India

21 July 2017

Markel International has hired Indian insurance veteran Deepika Mathur to lead its forthcoming venture on the Lloyd's India platformRead more


New capital standard for international insurers flawed: ABI

21 July 2017

The insurance industry faces a new capital shake-up after the international insurance standards body published the first incarnation of a framework designed to make capital requirements uniformRead more


Opinion: budget blueprint

21 July 2017

Republican leaders have this week attempted to revive early enthusiasm for potential reform by unveiling a budget blueprint to rein in federal spending and provide a framework for tax cutsRead more


Beazley outlines European expansion plans

21 July 2017

Beazley is hiring underwriters in Spain, France and Germany as it targets growth in continental cyber insuranceRead more


Opinion: Wopnin Bermy?

20 July 2017

The resounding general election victory this week of Bermuda's Progressive Labour Party (PLP) over the centre-right One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) has racked up an impressive number of column inchesRead more


Bermuda changeover won’t disrupt business service: BDA

19 July 2017

The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) has claimed the island can navigate changes in government without disrupting business relations, after a new party swept to power in yesterday's general electionRead more


Lloyd’s outlines MTE syndicate support measures

19 July 2017

Lloyd's has set out a series of measures to aid recovery after a market-turning event (MTE), which are designed to maintain its solvency and ability to pay claimsRead more


Brexit can be ‘catalyst’ to reposition London: White

18 July 2017

The London market should treat Brexit as a "catalyst to rethink where the future is" and pivot towards emerging markets, according to Marsh specialties CEO Roy WhiteRead more


Opinion: A good thing from Dodd-Frank

18 July 2017

There are many reasons for politicos with a deregulatory bent to call for repeal of 2010's Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection ActRead more


Planned import tax to lift California premiums by $1.9bn: think tank

14 July 2017

The proposed border-adjustment tax (BAT) on imports of goods and services into the US could lift P&C insurance costs for Californian consumers by $1.91bn over the next decade, according to free-market think tank R StreetRead more


FCA turns screw on investment intermediaries

11 July 2017

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has listed a number of concerns about the investment consulting market, as the regulator intensifies its focus on intermediariesRead more


Aon and Marsh cooperating with Irish fleet probe

7 July 2017

Four brokers including Aon and Marsh have been visited by the European Commission (EC) as part of its investigation into possible breaches of EU antitrust rules in IrelandRead more


Opinion: PRA cyber consultation

7 July 2017

Earlier this week the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published feedback to market responses to its recent consultation paper on cyber insurance riskRead more


EU has ‘obvious basis’ for Brexit equivalence call: Bailey

6 July 2017

The EU's existing framework for recognising third-country regulatory regimes should be used for UK financial services groups seeking to do European business after Brexit, according to Financial Conduct Authority CEO Andrew BaileyRead more


CityUK delivers blueprint for UK financial services sector

5 July 2017

Greater collaboration between the government, industry and regulators and a centralised means of harnessing fintech investments are among the ingredients needed to ensure the UK financial services sector is still flourishing in 2025, according lobby group CityUKRead more


PRA clamps down on ‘silent’ cyber risk management

5 July 2017

The UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has said it expects all firms operating under the Solvency II regime to give "specific consideration" to their management of "silent" cyber exposuresRead more


Liberty confirms Luxembourg choice for EU hub

4 July 2017

Liberty Specialty Markets has confirmed it has picked Luxembourg for its EU base after BrexitRead more


Report calls for Indian insurance regulation overhaul

4 July 2017

A white paper from a former Indian insurance regulator and the former Lloyd's general representative for India has called for the country's watchdog to "step up to the plate" and transform the national insurance marketRead more


Final London ILS regulations the next step

4 July 2017

Final regulations for a London market insurance-linked securities (ILS) regime are likely to address issues the industry raised with previous draftsRead more


Industry seeks Brexit leeway for EU carriers in UK

4 July 2017

The (re)insurance industry is lobbying to ensure the 80 or so EU carriers that underwrite risk in the UK through local branches can avoid policy disruption after BrexitRead more


Insurers appeal for post-Brexit contract continuity

4 July 2017

One year on from the Brexit referendum, London market participants have named the threat to policyholder continuity around claims and in-force policies as the biggest issue arising from the UK's separation from the EURead more


News digest

4 July 2017

Lloyd's deputy chairman; PRA raises facilities concerns; Kilpatrick joins Fidelis; MS Amlin in Brussels; Hailstorm Paul lossesRead more


PRA reveals carrier worries on facilities

30 June 2017

The head of insurance supervision at UK regulator the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has said the watchdog would probe deeper into the impact of facilities on carriersRead more


PRA’s Rule warns on ‘over-optimistic’ views on pricing

30 June 2017

The director of insurance supervision at the Prudential Regulation Authority has warned that carriers could be taking an "over-optimistic view" of pricing and may not have correctly assessed the risks associated with a broadening of policy terms and conditionsRead more


Irdai defers accounting rule implementation for insurers

30 June 2017

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) has delayed the implementation date of new accounting rules for insurers from April 2018 to April 2020Read more


IDA Ireland sees end to Brexit licence rules divergence

29 June 2017

The international financial services head of Ireland's investment and development agency expects a reduction in "inconsistencies" between EU watchdogs assessing licence applications from Brexit migrants, after a central regulator issued guidelinesRead more


Regulators must coordinate on Brexit: ABI panellists

27 June 2017

European insurance regulators need to respect each other's oversight, at least for a transitional period, to prevent Brexit from jeopardising financial stability, panellists at an Association of British Insurers (ABI) conference saidRead more


City minister hints at significant Ogden row-back

27 June 2017

UK City minister Stephen Barclay today gave insurers increased hope of a favourable change to the Ogden rate just months after it was slashed, after describing the existing mechanism as "outdated"Read more


Illinois poised to create workers’ comp fund

27 June 2017

Illinois, a state with $11bn in unpaid bills, may be on the verge of creating the first state-financed workers' compensation insurance system to be set up in decadesRead more


Argentine reinsurance market reopens at 1.7

27 June 2017

Argentina's Superintendent of Insurance Juan Pazo has detailed plans to reopen his country's market to foreign-owned admitted reinsurers at the 1 July renewalsRead more


If it is broke, fix it

27 June 2017

It turns out that markets aren't broken after allRead more


Lloyd’s expands oversight and targets expense reduction

26 June 2017

Lloyd's CEO Inga Beale has signalled that the Corporation will shift its syndicate oversight activity to focus on all elements of the combined ratio, as she targets 10% job cutsRead more


NZ government lifts earthquake coverage

26 June 2017

New Zealand's Earthquake Commission (EQC) will expand its cover for residential buildings damage by 50 percent under upcoming reforms to the regime for the country's public disaster insuranceRead more


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