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July 2001/1

  • To avoid over-writing and the shortage of reinsurance, syndicates are buying in-house quota share cover and planning capacity expansions for 2002. But what impact will these have on the 2001 capacity auctions?
  • Term life syndicates face additional hurdles, despite personal accident and contingency syndicates writing conceptually similar business.With only one life syndicate open to external members, perhaps its time for a rethink says Laptop.
  • Chatset Directory Lloyd’s analysts Chatset have launched a new edition of their Lloyd’s and London Market Directory.
  • Market optimistic over recovery as capacity shrinks London Market liability rates have soared in the light of the capacity crunch caused by the withdrawal of a host of carriers. The collapse of specialist casualty insurers such as Independent and HIH,
  • MAPA Moans Dear Sir, Laptop - User Pays Thank you for the article by “Laptop” in the June 2001 edition of The Insurance Insider revealing the rip-off mentality that pervades the Society of Lloyd’s nowadays. I am glad that I resigned my membership a
  • During the first week of 1999, Illinois’ governor, Jim Edgar, signed a bill permitting mutual insurers domiciled in the Land of Lincoln to convert to mutual insurance holding companies (MIHC). For those who may have forgotten the MIHC is a neutron bomb fo
  • With Independent’s spectacular fall from grace and the continuing controversy over Equitable Life, the industry is yet again in parliamentarian’s bad books. As a consolation, Marcus Scriven traces some of the happier relationships Lloyd’s and insurers hav
  • $600mn Goldman Sachs deal postponed AIG’s denial of liability on $183mn of Flashpoint bonds - which has ignited a war of words between investors, investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston and the world’s largest insurance company - could backfire.
  • Potential ‘spiral’ exposures force Willis to join SCB in fighting Odyssey Re's claims Recently floated broker Willis has made a late application to join Stirling Cooke Brown in fighting allegations that the broker deliberately conspired to place under
  • FT plugging for Willis and AIG Is The Financial Times maneuvering into the competitive marketplace of providing puff editorials for the insurance industry? That is one conclusion to be drawn from its recent antics. Keen readers of The Insurance Insider
  • 2 January Independent begins the year ostensibly in good cheer. The stock price sat at a record high at 401.5p, valuing the company at almost £1bn and Michael Bright's 6.18% stake at around £60m. But not all was well. In 2000 some of Independent’s rein
  • Credit Suisse bailed out after commissioning highly critical reports of the management and underwriting of HIH’s London operations five years before it collapsed HIH's London operations were mismanaged with business written “without appropriate infras
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