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January 2017/4

  • Global broker JLT Re noted that reinsurance rating pressure continued to abate in the 1 January renewals, as it warned that the sector could be approaching the point of failing to meet its cost of capital.
  • US intermediary Brown & Brown could be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Donald Trump's proposed US corporate tax reforms, according to equity analysts.
  • WR Berkley's decision to suspend the underwriting of its London marine market book places the spotlight firmly on the challenges of writing profitably in a range of core EC3 specialty classes.
  • Reinsurers gain Indian approval; Dutch fund backs Leo Re; US tornado outbreak; Tennessee wildfire losses climb; Debut Extremus claim; Markel Catco dented; Charles Taylor rebrand; Suncorp suffers fresh NZ quakes loss
  • The top 10 insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund managers posted their fastest rate of growth in the past two years in the run-up to the 1 January renewals, exceeding $50bn in assets under management (AuM) for 2017.
  • Claims from Hurricane Matthew and the Kaikoura, New Zealand earthquake each shaved 1 percentage point off Markel Catco's returns for 2016, the company said.
  • Pricing on Aetna's latest Vitality Re health insurance bond settled at the bottom end of the target range, with the premium on the deal's class B notes reaching a new low, sister publication Trading Risk understands.
  • Leaders of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) may impose annual deductibles on US state governments seeking to rebuild public infrastructure following a disaster, in a plan that Swiss Re and other observers said would spur states to buy more catastrophe insurance.
  • Business should expand in the cat bond market this year, Aon Securities has said, with a record amount of bonds scheduled to come off-risk in the first half.
  • Ironshore expects to benefit from cross-selling opportunities, deeper distribution relationships and the ability to retain more business under prospective owner Liberty Mutual. Normal 0 false
  • News last week that OneBeacon has gone on the auction block follows several years in which the specialty insurer was unofficially up for grabs.
  • Shares in Generali rose 9 percent to EUR15.48 ($16.62) as of 11:15 UK time today, after a stock market manoeuvre by the Trieste-based company on Monday (23 January) gave weight to the latest round of bid speculation.