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Automation cometh

A statistic being frequently cited in the industry alarmingly suggests that 98.9% of underwriters will be replaced by automation in coming years. Reactions considers this, and whether incumbent underwriters should be worried.

Fitch bumps up asbestos estimate

Asbestos-related losses are now expected to cost the P&C industry up to $100bn as of the end of 2017, according to the latest analysis from Fitch Ratings.

BLM hires new partners

Damian Cleary joins BLM as head of London Market, and Gavin Coull as head of reinsurance, both join from the London office of US based law firm Foran Glennon.

WTW promotes healthcare lead

Willis Towers Watson veteran Mary Botkin will lead the firm's healthcare practice.

EPUL hires ex-Ms Amlin as senior underwriter

Former MS Amlin senior real estate underwriter Christopher Box has joined European Property Underwriting Ltd as it looks to grow into the UK and European property owner risks space.


The London Insurance and International Brokers Association (LIIBA) has created the Broker Delegated Authority Working Group (BDAWG) to focus on current issues such as GDPR and Brexit.

Africa - technology the insurance industry’s saviour

In a region shrouded in political turmoil, the insurance sector has been a slow burner, but Africa’s boom in mobile use could see the industry flourish.

Consolidation creating new wave of MGAs

The number of managing general agents is on the rise as underwriters go it alone and set up their own ventures with the support of industry capital backers.

Labuan sees captive reinsurance growth

The small Malaysian island is competing strongly with well know reinsurance hubs Singapore and Hong Kong as the tax free haven sees premium growth


Telematics for ships

Marine insurance is an old business, but new ways of studying shipping data could afford hull and machinery underwriters better insight into the risks they are insuring.

Alt cap growth blows past Q4 roadblocks

Alternative capital investors have adapted to the hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes that occurred late last year, with industry brokers in agreement that capacity will rise again in 2018.

An improving forecast for weather risk specialists

The outlook for weather risk management is looking bright thanks to increasing demand, reduced basis risk and better products.

Life insurers’ secret weapon: Behavioral economics

For life insurers, behavioral economics is the key to bridging a protection gap of approximately $12bn.

Insurers in search of a future-proof investment strategy

How should insurers adapt their investment strategy to a rising interest rate environment and future uncertainties around inflation? AXA-IM’s Mathilde Sauvé and Chris Price discuss the implications of a changing market dynamic and the choices available to insurers in the UK and the Eurozone.

Market disjointed on terror risk

The shift in how terror attacks are perpetrated has left a divide in the market as to how to properly cover the risk.

QBE primed for North America growth

QBE North America’s CEO Russell Johnston has carried on where his predecessor Dave Duclos left off in driving through stability at the business, with growth now on the cards.

A decade of change

Mike Foley has spent the past decade at the helm of Zurich North America, but his time with the carrier is now ending. He looks back at the last 10 years and tells Reactions about his future plans.

Rolling with the punches

A record-breaking hurricane season and historic wildfires have delivered a series of punches to the re/insurance market which has left it nursing a black eye and a broken nose, but the knock-out blow has failed to land.

China’s cyber risk market starts to take shape

China’s cyber insurance market is set to move up a gear in the aftermath of 2017’s damaging malware attacks and the introduction of comprehensive new security laws that businesses must comply with.

LMA puts spotlight on international casualty

The Lloyd’s Market Association has followed up its 2015 survey into the international casualty treaty market by commissioning another study, and the results show the sector is primed to shift.

Year in review

The global re/insurance industry experienced all manner of challenges in 2017, with cyber-attacks, hurricanes and wildfires all causing concern.

RMS lends hand to NFIP rating update

RMS is partnering with actuarial firm Milliman to create a new – and many would argue much needed – rating plan for the beleaguered National Flood Insurance Program.

Industry to witness “healthy level” of M&A in next three ...

Respondents to a new Willis Towers Watson survey feel the industry will see fewer mergers and acquisitions over the coming years, but those deals that do occur will be greater in scale.

With capital draining away, the only way is up for rates ...

Non-life re/insurance rates are expected to increase as a result of the serious drain on capital caused by several large natural catastrophe events in 2017, according to Swiss Re.

Women in Insurance 2018

Reactions has once again compiled a report highlighting some of the women who hold the top spots in the re/insurance industry.

Emerging Risks 2018

What are the major risks that will impact the global re/insurance industry in 2018? That was the question Reactions posed to some of the global re/insurance market’s senior and well placed figures.

Industry keeping tabs on climate change

Managing Editor's Comment: The industry is keeping a close eye on the impact of climate change as hurricanes and wildfires hit bottom lines.

Latest Issue

May 2018


In this month's Reactions

  • CIO Perspectives
  • Peter Röder interview
  • Dominic Addesso interview
  • Political risk report
  • Ivan Gonzalez interview
  • Digitisation in London
  • Michael Watson interview
  • Demian Smith interview



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