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January 2017/2

  • Monthly share price data on The Insurance Insider's universe of P&C (re)insurers
  • RenaissanceRe has confirmed it set up the $140mn Fibonacci Re vehicle, which was established in Bermuda in late December, to provide it with more property catastrophe capacity.
  • Willis Capital Markets & Advisory's private cat bond platform Resilience Re has completed a $187mn deal, its largest transaction so far.
  • The Insider 50 was up by 9.7 percent on average in 2016 to beat both the S&P 500, which closed up 9.5 percent, and the Euro Stoxx 600, which ended the year down 1.2 percent.
  • The Insider 50 index closed the first trading week of 2017 at 1,030.4, down just 0.3 percent from the end of the year
  • Price-to-book (PTB) multiples at P&C (re)insurance companies were marginally higher in 2016 than in the previous year, as share price growth slowed and M&A activity lessened.
  • The first year of Donald Trump's presidency promises to be a mixed bag for the US insurance industry
  • Chronic overcapacity and a reduction in underlying activity from customers continued to hamper the energy market in 2016, leading to further rate reductions, according to JLT.
  • Capital model changes in the US could be a driver of incremental reinsurance demand, according to Aon Benfield.
  • When news broke last year that Bill O'Farrell and Arch were working together on a run-off start-up, it was speculated that the vehicle would be a Watford Re for the legacy sector, another iteration of the total return reinsurer model that was about to add Enstar's Kayla Re to its ranks.
  • The launch of a $510mn Kelso-backed Bermudian run-off vehicle by Bill O'Farrell and Arch comes at a time of potentially significant new opportunities in the US legacy sector.
  • After years of lacklustre price growth, accelerating inflation, particularly in the US and the UK, has re-emerged on the insurance radar.