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Brexit: Insurers push for minimal regulatory change

After the UK's Prime Minister formally triggered Article 50 to initiate the withdrawal from the European Union, insurers said negotiations must aim to reduce the change and uncertainty faced by markets.

WR Berkley takes $30m Ogden hit

The US carrier has recorded a $30m reserve charge against last year’s loss reserves owing to the decrease to the Ogden rate.

DeMaio to rejoin AIG

AIG has appointed a new chief auditor position following Martha Gallo's promotion, with Donnalee DeMaio set to rejoin the business.

Markel expands trade credit to Canada

The firm has decided to try its hand in the Canadian trade credit market after enjoying some success within the sector in New York.

XL Catlin boosts structured risks team

The firm has boosted its new structured risk solutions team with a new appointment.

Sompo completes Endurance acquisition

The Japanese insurance giant has completed its purchase of Endurance through a Bermudian subsidiary.

Novae agrees quota deal with Fidelis

The deal will see Novae cede 50% of its North American property catastrophe reinsurance book to Fidelis.

IUA: MoJ must unpeg Ogden from government bond rates

The International Underwriting Association (IUA) has warned lump sum compensation payment rates should not be linked to government bonds.

Chaucer hires Murphy to write casualty

Joe Murphy has joined Chaucer from HDI Global to write large wholesale US casualty facultative business.


Muni bonds represent a compelling source of yield for ins...

Insurers are still hunting for yield and the US municipal bond market may provide an interesting and capital-efficient solution.

R&Q’s Accredited Surety and Casualty builds for the future

Randall & Quilter’s US insurance company has set a course for growth across America with new licenses and product development, and here they highlight what the next steps are for the firm.

US run-off ready to rise

The last couple of years has seen a return to strength in the European run-off market and new regulations have left many hopeful that the industry will now take off in the US.

Undiscovered diseases can shut hospitals

Pandemic outbreaks have the ability to shut hospitals, but the insurance industry has the resources to help them stay open and reduce the risks.

Testing the nightmare scenario

The recent ‘London Market Looks Ahead’ report helped insurers rehearse their response to multiple catastrophes, but raised as many questions as it did answers.

US construction boom looming

Potential new infrastructure investment in the US may lead to a rising number of construction projects coming on line, and the insurance industry is preparing to take advantage.

US on verge of regulatory rollback

President Donald Trump has emerged as anti-regulation, and while non-life insurance is not in his crosshairs, the insurance market as a whole may benefit from his pro-business stance.

Seeking investment return in a volatile world

The political uncertainty experienced in 2016 looks set to continue in 2017, however insurers who can provide flexibility to their asset managers can position themselves to take advantage of the market volatility that this will inevitably create.

Insurers in search of asset diversification

Spurred on by the meagre returns available in their familiar fixed income asset classes, insurers are actively exploring new ways to diversify their portfolios, says Chris Price, insurance solutions strategist at AXA Investment Managers.

Insurers’ appetite for infrastructure assets grows

Investing in infrastructure is a good way of getting yield while diversifying a portfolio – but there are risks too.

Insurer investment strategies rapidly changing course

A new world of alternative ideas are helping some of the leading re/insurance groups from increasing their investment returns. Alex McCallum, the editor of InsurerAM News, reports.

A strategic approach to asset allocation

Property and casualty insurance carriers, among others, are under growing pressure to find new ways of increasing their investment income, writes Lloyd H Ayer, Insurance Strategist within Deutsche Asset Management’s Client Solutions Group.

Flexibility key in hunting investment yield

Political risk looms large, adding an unpredictability to the investment side that goes beyond managing shifts in interest rates or creeping inflation risk, and it is leading CIOs to keep their options open.

Insurers race to mitigate fraud with new tech

As fraudsters develop ever more complex schemes to defraud insurers, technology may be the industry’s best defence.

Greenberg and NYAG settle at last

The New York Attorney General’s epic 12-year legal battle against former AIG executives Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and Howard Smith has come to an acrimonious end.

Could corporate tax changes impact municipal bonds?

A drop in the US corporate tax and increase in interest rates could see property and casualty insurers selling off their municipal bonds according to Deutsche Bank.

Tony Markel reflects on 50 years of service

Anthony Markel was honoured for his 54-year career in the insurance industry in January when he was named the 2016 Insurance Leader of the Year in New York. In an exclusive interview, Reactions asked him to look back on his career.

AI and robotics use rising

Artificial intelligence and robotic process automation are finding their way into the insurance industry, particularly for processing claims data, posing new questions, risks and opportunities.

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March 2017


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