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November 2004/1

  • As third quarter results filter through from US and Bermudian property casualty (re)insurers, the full impact of the season's quartet of hurricanes is becoming clearer, with interim results hit hard across the board. Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan a
  • Marsh UK sacking 'tip of the iceberg'? Last year, UK Broker Heath Lambert lost a lucrative reinsurance account with the Australian Federal government after it admitted receiving "unauthorized commissions". It was an offence apparently similar to th
  • MMC to lose thousands of staff In late September, senior Marsh executives from the broker's executive liability arm FINPRO met at a restaurant in New York to be told the broker would be making over a thousand redundancies which would include losses fro
  • Companies rarely volunteer to forego a lucrative proportion of their revenue streams but that is exactly what the industry's international brokers and large US retail brokers have been doing in the wake of Spitzer's allegations of price-fixing at Marsh.
  • Regulators' probes extend to yet more established methods; MMC's actions may prove decisive in preserving status When Kelvin Mackenzie, the legendary head of Rupert Murdoch's tabloid The Sun, sacked the newspaper's astrologer after he was accused of "r
  • Evidence suggests the cumulative effect of the US storms may reach $30bn Foresight is something the global reinsurance industry would love to possess but, in the absence of catastrophe astrologers, it has to rely on more conventional methods, such as c
  • Marsh was the most successful - if that is the correct phrase - broker to charge insurers' contingent commissions because it was the most organised. Unique among the multinationals, Marsh had created a focused market-facing arm - Marsh Global Broking - wh
  • David Schiff looks at financial strength... Insurance stocks are not as richly priced as they were in 1998, when investors and insurance-company CEOs alike seemed to believe that an insurance-company charter guaranteed a fifteen-percent return on equit
  • Lloyd's insurer Wellington has outsourced its procurement of external professional advisors to back-office specialist Xchanging.
  • Lloyd's announced on 10 November that it had successfully set terms for its £500mn subordinated debt issue after an extensive road show that took it to investors in the UK and continental Europe.
  • The re-election of George Bush in this month's presidential elections will give added impetus to efforts to extend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) in 2005, according to Charles Landgraf, a leading lobbyist for TRIA extension with law firm LeBoeuf,
  • Lloyd's insurer Beazley announced a £105mn Rights Issue on 1 November with the lion's share directed to support the additional risk-based capital requirement fuelled by its increased participation on its Lloyd's Syndicates for the 2005 year. The insure
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