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Don’t expect reinsurers to come to the rescue

Posted July 20, 2017 Category:

Underwriters, brokers and buyers will already be filling up their diaries ready for the reinsurance market’s annual Rendez-Vous in Monte Carlo in September. The frantic whirl of meetings, lunches and dinners traditionally sets the tone for the crucial end-of-year renewal season.

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June 2017 Seminar Report: Managing the risks of illiquid assets

Posted July 13, 2017 Category: ,

As insurers try to escape from the “slow grind downwards in terms of yield”, they have sought out a more diverse range of assets, including those with limited liquidity that would previously not have found their way into portfolios, Bob Swarup, co-founder of the Insurance Investment Exchange, told the audience at the recent Insurance Investment Exchange seminar in London.

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Global Insurance Trends 20.06.2017

Posted June 20, 2017 Category:

By Douglas Shillito This week, Swiss Re’s 2017 SONAR report examined the top emerging risks the re/insurance industry and society are facing. Marsh and Airmic launched a new paper examining the major obstacles that can impede the expeditious resolution of large or complex property damage insurance claims, and a Gallagher-sponsored survey of large UK companies […]

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union jack flag and iconic Big Ben at the palace of Westminster, London - the UK prepares for new elections

Election fallout: an insurance perspective

Posted June 16, 2017 Category:

The insurance industry finds itself united with the rest of the country in apprehension and concern at the prospect of months of uncertainty following last week’s unexpectedly inconclusive General Election result.

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Mixed picture for mutuals

Posted May 25, 2017 Category:

Mutuality in the insurance sector in the UK is seen as something of a minority pursuit after successive waves of demutualisation swept across the sector in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Accounting standards impose new reporting burdens

Posted May 5, 2017 Category:

David Worsfold Most insurers and their investment teams might feel that a period of regulatory calm is in order after the implementation of Solvency II at the beginning of last year. Unfortunately, regulators have different ideas. European insurers are already limbering up for the battles with the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority over its […]

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Discount rate gloom darkens

Posted May 4, 2017 Category: ,

David Worsfold The dark clouds of the shock reduction in the discount rate which is used by the courts in England and Wales to calculate personal injury damages awards – the Ogden rate – are set to deepen further. The cut in the rate in February from the 2.5% it was set at in 2001 […]

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Facing up to the transitional challenge

Posted May 3, 2017 Category:

European insurers were not happy in the middle of last year when the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) launched its first major stress tests of the continent’s life insurers for two years and the first since the formal start of the Solvency II regime.

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