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February 2018/2

  • M&A activity among (re)insurance companies is likely to increase throughout 2018 as the release of trapped capital injects more money into the sector, according to JLT Re CEO Mike Reynolds.
  • Are we in insurance going against the gods?
  • US property claims from third quarter catastrophes and the sudden change in the UK's personal injury discount rate helped to nudge up reinsurance rates at the 1 January renewals.
  • A three-week period featuring the sale of Validus to AIG, a major profits warning from Aspen and reports that XL is in takeover talks with Allianz has placed the future of the Bermuda market front and centre.
  • P&C (re)insurance stocks moved in line with wider market indices during the equity sell-off over the past fortnight, despite the fact non-life names are often viewed as safe-haven investments that protect against market volatility.
  • Last week, AIG reported Q4 operating earnings per share of $0.57, versus Wall Street's consensus estimate of $0.75.
  • The global (re)insurance market must embrace modernisation or risk being left behind by disruptors, according to Peak Re CEO Franz-Josef Hahn.
  • The London insurance sector is highly competitive, but is exhibiting some of the flaws you would expect to find in a monopolistic market, according to Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM) president Matthew Moore.
  • Specialty insurer StarStone has agreed a partnership with Securis that will help the insurance-linked securities (ILS) manager expand its US property insurance portfolio, sister publication Trading Risk revealed.
  • Axis Capital has $1.9bn of third-party capital support for 2018, of which around 55 percent is dedicated to property cat risk.
  • Since it emerged out of the liability crisis of the mid-1980s, Bermuda has faced many challenges - perceived or real - to its hegemony as the world's pre-eminent offshore (re)insurance market.
  • Reinsurance rate rises ended up being pretty limp by the time 1 January came around.
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