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May 2006/3

  • UK general insurer Royal & Sun Alliance (R&SA) this morning (11 May) announced first quarter pre-tax profits of £122mn, unchanged from the corresponding period of 2005.
  • First quarter net income dropped 16 percent to $3.2bn at American International Group (AIG), reported yesterday (10 May).
  • London market broker Glencairn Ltd has parted company with Adam Fox, the head of its reinsurance operations.
  • Besieged Bermudian reinsurer PXRE Group Ltd today (10 May) reported that it has lost two-thirds of its business following its recent troubles.
  • London market broker Tyser & Co has been refused leave to appeal a decision that upheld market custom that underwriters are entitled to placing and claims documentation held by broker.
  • Aon Ltd, the UK arm of broking giant Aon Corp, has reversed plans to move its London operations out of the City of London and to the Docklands.
  • German giant Munich Re has announced quarterly profits of €979mn today (9 May), up 41.7 percent from the €691 in the prior-year period.
  • US insurer HCC Insurance Holdings reported a significant rise in first quarter net profit of 37 percent to $78.6mn, compared to $57.3mn in the prior-year period.
  • Willis Group Holdings Ltd reported on the 3 May net income of $140mn, or $0.89 per share, for the first quarter of 2006, more than double the $67mn, or $0.41 per share, recorded in the prior-year period.
  • Troubled Bermudian reinsurer PXRE Group Ltd has been deluged by shareholder suits alleging that the company misled investors by hiding the full impact of last autumn's hurricanes in its initial loss estimates.
  • Despite unveiling hurricane losses of $3.4bn for last year, Berkshire Hathaway Inc said it remains committed to writing catastrophe (re)insurance.
  • Last autumn's record hurricane losses have spurred a sea change in approaches to underwriting catastrophe risk and the use of modelling techniques, said panellists at a market briefing hosted by The Insurance Insider in London last Friday (5 May).
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