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November 2017/1

  • Takeover talks between infrastructure investor National Standard Finance and Shariah-compliant Lloyd's start-up Cobalt have ended without an agreement being reached, The Insurance Insider understands
  • What should the London market look like in 2025? That was the question Lloyd's chairman Bruce Carnegie-Brown addressed at The Insurance Insider's London Market Conference
  • Singapore is often described as Asia for beginners, given its large expat community, spectacularly clean streets, lack of crime and the fact that everything from transport to public services just, well, works
  • Regular ILS sponsors USAA and XL Catlin have topped up their cat bond cover in the first transactions completed after the 2017 hurricane losses, with pricing on the deals showing an increase in rates.
  • The Prudential Regulation Authority outlined its approach to ensuring that London-based ILS vehicles meet requirements to be fully funded under Solvency II regulations, as it said ISPVs must prove they have secured funding before risk transfer.
  • Names-backed syndicates took advantage of plummeting capacity prices to buy back some of their stamp in the first round of 2017 auctions
  • Retro renewals testing the market in the wake of HIM, quake and wildfire losses seem to indicate rate rises in the 20-35 percent range, The Insurance Insider understands.
  • Bermuda-based carriers not only saw their third quarter earnings evaporate but also as much as six quarters worth of operating profits following an active hurricane season that is expected to yield up to $100bn in industry insured losses.
  • Insurers have plenty to be excited about in the Republican proposal to cut corporate taxes even as it closes off or limits some current benefits
  • A painful set of third quarter results left AIG investors under no illusions that patience would be required to reap the benefits of a promised turnaround under Brian Duperreault and his new management team
  • Bermuda-based carriers actively pursued cost reductions in the third quarter as core margins deteriorated and the past quarter's hurricane season sent combined ratios into the triple digits.
  • Bermudian third quarter gross written premiums (GWP) increased by 20.4 percent on the prior-year period to reach $7.8bn, fuelled by reinstatement premiums triggered by the quarter's elevated level of catastrophe losses.