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No rose-tinted glasses: Alleghany's readiness for the hard market

North America29-03-2017alternative capital

While alternative capital is here to stay, the industry could well experience a significant reset in rates if cracks in reserves widen and this combines with a big catastrophe loss, says Weston Hicks, the president of Alleghany, who also explains to Intelligent Insurer why his business is ready to benefit from such a scenario.

Securing re/insurance talent for the future

London, UK24-03-2017

Re/insurance roles are changing and the industry will require a more diverse and tech-savvy set of skills and new talent to tackle the challenges of this evolving landscape, but a shortage of candidates has raised concerns around how to fill the approaching gap. Intelligent Insurer investigates.

ILS market on course as second quarter opens

Global23-03-2017ILS, ILS issuance, ILS market

The ILS market remains on course for healthy growth as it enters the second quarter of the year, according to Paul Schultz, chief executive of Aon Securities.

Pension plans eye ILS as investment opportunity

Global23-03-2017ILS, ILS issuance, ILS market

Fifty percent of pension plans state that getting trustees comfortable with ILS is the biggest impediment to allocation. Noel Hillmann, managing director of Clear Path Analysis, takes a look at the findings of a recent survey.

2016: An unusual catastrophe year

Asia, Eastern Europe, Global, North America23-03-2017ILS, ILS issuance, ILS market

PCS designated more catastrophe events in 2016 than in any year since 1980, as Tom Johansmeyer of ISO Claims Analytics, a division of Verisk Insurance Solutions, reports.

Technological change to force re/insurance to innovate at a macro level

London, UK22-03-2017Technology

Innovation and change never occur in isolation—they happen because of external forces, argues Richard Clark, business development director at Xuber, a part of CSC, as he tells Intelligent Insurer about the drivers of change for re/insurers at a macro level.

Reinsurers stick to UK motor business despite Ogden jitter

Europe21-03-2017Motor Insurance, Motor ReinsuranceChristian Wuestner

Reinsurers are particularly exposed to the UK’s decision to lower the Ogden personal injury discount rate by far more than expected, which is boosting victims’ compensation and the need for reserves, impacting the profitability of the business.

Re/insurance executives need to embrace change at a micro level

London, UK21-03-2017Technology

Even when wider market forces clearly drive a need for change and innovation, it becomes possible only when companies are able to embrace and nurture these things at a micro level argues Richard Clark, business development director at Xuber, a part of CSC, as he tells Intelligent Insurer about the drivers of change for re/insurers at a micro level.

Munich Re reveals its strategy to generate new business

Asia Pacific, Europe, North America16-03-2017Christian Wuestner

While Munich Re is currently shrinking its share of traditional reinsurance business, due to the current soft market, it is also investing in technology to create alternative growth opportunities through the coverage of new risks and advisory for risk prevention.

Vast majority in re/insurance wants UK’s Ogden discount rate calculation to change: survey

UK13-03-2017Motor Insurance, Motor Reinsurance

Most (84 percent) of participants in an Intelligent Insurer survey want the way the personal injury Ogden discount rate is being calculated in the UK to change.

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