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October 2015/1

  • QBE appoints Grote; US commercial rates down 1%; Berkley Re UK starts fac unit; Arch Re US hires CUO; Suncorp hires Herman; Riordan follows Kerner out of Zurich; Markel gains Hope; Compre reshuffle
  • Only six days into the fourth quarter of the year, a number of weather events have occurred that could threaten insurers with below-threshold cat losses.
  • The fictional adventures of an industry titan
  • Relatively unnoticed, there has been a quiet revolution in insurers' attitudes to fixed income investments over the past few years.
  • The trial in a long-trailed $85mn fraud case over the loss of the Brillante Virtuoso in 2011 - which has been linked to the murder of a British loss adjuster - has been postponed
  • The first auction for 2015 capacity on Names-backed syndicates at Lloyd's has seen the biggest price jump in five years, with average prices climbing almost 10p on the previous year to 36.7p per £1 of capacity.
  • The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) will work with Lloyd's to streamline some of the administration around Solvency II, the market's chairman revealed at a gala dinner late last month
  • The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) has concluded its initial development of the higher loss absorbency (HLA) requirement for global systemically important insurers (G-SIIs)
  • The imperative to sustain top-line growth is driving publicly traded Florida homeowners' insurers to seek acquisitions outside of the state, with two transactions announced last week.
  • Share price data on The Insurance Insider's universe of P&C (re)insurers
  • P&C (re)insurance stocks comfortably beat the performances of both the FTSE 100 and Stoxx Euro 600, with the Lloyd's carriers leading the way
  • The average share price for the Insider 30 universe of P&C (re)insurers climbed 4.85 percent in the third quarter, significantly outperforming the S&P 500, the FTSE 100 and the Stoxx Euro 600 indices.