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March 2017/4

  • Share price data on The Insurance Insider's universe of P&C (re)insurers
  • Increasing uncertainty around the Trump administration's ability to pass the promised tax cuts and deregulation depressed US stock markets last week.
  • Chaucer's Nick Kilhams has been voted the best political risk underwriter in the London market, according to a poll by The Insurance Insider's standalone rankings team.
  • The investment results of The Insurance Insider's composites broadly improved in 2016, as a combination of a stronger performance by risk assets, rising interest rates and a lengthening of duration helped carriers better their 2015 performance.
  • All of The Insurance Insider's composites endured a challenging end to the year, with returns down for every group and performance meaningfully weaker for two composites.
  • All the composites in our analysis recorded higher combined ratios in the fourth quarter compared to the same period in 2015.
  • The P&C (re)insurance industry delivered another set of discouraging results for the final three months of 2016, as carriers reported contracting underwriting margins, depressed returns and competitive pricing.
  • Lawyers have welcomed a closely watched UK Supreme Court ruling involving solicitors' professional indemnity insurance (PII) as a "back-to-basics" verdict after the judgment removed recent lower court embellishments to claims aggregation rules.
  • Malta has emerged as an unexpectedly strong contender among UK carriers looking for EU hubs in order to retain market access rights in the bloc after Brexit, advisers said.
  • JLT Re has placed a number of brokers in its facultative energy team under consultation, with the team expected to downsize from 12 to five, The Insurance Insider can reveal.
  • Onex Group's agreement to sell its stake in USI Insurance Services, reportedly at a healthy 12.2x Ebitda, could spur more private equity (PE) funds to take American brokers to the auction block.
  • Mortgage risk assumed under Freddie and Fannie's ACIS and CIRT programmes has been one of the fastest top line growth areas for reinsurers otherwise stunted by soft market pressures.
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