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December 2007/3

  • Closing prices for 2008 US cat windstorm losses leapt nearly 6 percent last Thursday on the derivatives platform Insurance Futures Exchange Services (IFEX) signalling traders think there is a greater chance of a major windstorm loss next year.
  • US giant American International Group revealed Friday (7 December) that the sub-prime fallout and credit crisis has cost it $3.75bn in the fourth quarter to date.
  • Ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) has lowered its counterparty credit ratings on global financial services firm Marsh & McLennan Cos (MMC) to BBB- from BBB, with a stable outlook.
  • Shares in reinsurance intermediary Benfield Group fell 8 percent to 279p this morning following a profits warning, despite committing to an advanced capital repatriation strategy, before recovering by late afternoon to 298.5p.
  • Shares in bond insurers fell last week after rating agency Moody's Investors Service warned that MBIA Inc is "somewhat likely" to fall short of the capital required to maintain its rating as a result of potential mortgage-related losses.
  • Louis Robles, known as the "King of Torts" has been sentenced to 15 years in jail and ordered to repay $13.5mn stolen from thousands of asbestos victims he represented.
  • US giant American International Group (AIG) has asked a judge to make a summary judgement in its dispute over share ownership with Starr International Company (SICO).
  • John Hurrell has been appointed CEO of the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers (AIRMIC) after a prolonged search following the departure of David Gamble this summer.
  • BMS have captured an agricultural treaty team from rival firm Cooper Gay Intermediaries.
  • Liberty Syndicates - one of the largest Lloyd's (re)insurers - has confirmed that it will reduce its capacity by 9.5 percent next year.
  • Hardy Underwriting Group (HUG) plc's proposed redomiciliation to Bermuda has generally been positively received by analysts.
  • Bermudian insurer Aspen Insurance Ltd (AIL) has had its financial strength rating upgraded to A (Excellent) from A- (Excellent) by AM Best.