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June 2004/1

  • Underwriting disclipline is strong theme at Bermuda's World Insurance Forum as evidence mounts of growing rate cuts... Talk at the recent World Insurance Forum in Bermuda was of battening down the hatches in readiness for a downturn already gaining mom
  • But emerging losses show propensity to bite back... Despite general profitability across the Lloyd's market for the 2002 year, with a slight deterioration of 0.05 percent to a projected 12.79 percent profit at the end of the ninth quarter, individual s
  • But Kinnect CEO is upbeat on the venture’s longterm prospects... Business process reform in the Lloyd's market is still at a rudimentary stage and the situation is unlikely to improve within the next two to three years, the Franchise Board's Franchise
  • In contrast to barnstorming Q1 results for US and Bermudian (re)insurers, European carriers enjoy a mixed first quarter with some showing a more subdued uplift from hard market conditions
  • Growing signs in the US point to the likely passage of class action reform, as legislators seek to clamp down on the fast growing and costly trend of mass torts. After the Class Action Fairness Act 2003 HR 1115 was passed a year ago by the House of Rep
  • Equitas announced its annual results for the year ended 31 March 2004 on 8 June, revealing a £296mn increase in gross discounted reserves for asbestos claims. Accumulated surplus after tax fell £67mn from £527mn to £460mn, but the reinsurer's solvency
  • In our regular monthly News Digest, we round up key stories from the last month, presenting them to you in easily digestable snippets.
  • In our regular monthly News Digest, we round up key stories from the last month, presenting them to you in easily digestable snippets.
  • As delegates headed for tea on day two of the World Insurance Forum in Bermuda, reinsurance buyers briefly turned their heads to the "old chestnut of Lloyd's". Christian Milton, chief reinsurance buyer for giant insurer AIG, confirmed he still uses the
  • Management controlled motor insurer Zenith will have to disclose documents to former owner XL London justifying its controversial reserving on Syndicate 2002, which saw the new owners benefit from a £23.5mn release from reserves months after the sale.
  • With writs flying and claims accruing, Cable &Wireless' ill-conceived foray into insurance may cost the telecoms firm and the London market dearly... Fears are growing of another multi-million pound insurance scandal, this time involving UK telecoms co
  • In an unexpected move Price Forbes - a subsidiary of the world's largest intermediary Marsh - has swooped for the independent London market broker Prentis Donegan. A well regarded operation, Prentis Donegan serves a predominantly US client base with a