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January renewals: brokers agree that stability comes at a price

Europe, North America12-01-2017Catastrophe, ILS, Property insurance

Although there are hints towards pricing stabilisation in the global reinsurance market, continuing declines driven by increased competition and a lack of significant natural catastrophe losses signal a challenging 2017. Intelligent Insurer investigates.

Technology will shape winners and losers in 2017

London, UK04-01-2017M&A, Motor

Technology will continue to reshape the re/insurance industry in 2017 and the way companies embrace change will determine the winners and losers of the future, says Richard Clark, head of business development and specialist commercial at Xuber, part of CSC.

A match made in … how re/insurance M&A should be judged

EMEA, North America21-12-2016M&A, Ratings, Risk Management

After a spate of big deals and with consolidation in the re/insurance industry showing little sign of slowing, Intelligent Insurer examines the different ways the success—or failure—of a merger or acquisition may be judged in its aftermath.

What re/insurance executives expect for 2017

Europe, Global, North America, UK21-12-2016M&A, Risk Management, Technology

Some of the pressures the re/insurance sector faced in 2016—low interest rates, uncertainties around Brexit and a soft market—are likely to persist in 2017. But some additional drivers are set to affect the performance of the sector, as described by executives from major players such as Markel, Swiss Re and Willis Re.

Goodbye to a challenging 2016

Europe, Global, North America, UK21-12-2016Catastrophe, Risk Management

2016 has again been a benign year in terms of large catastrophe losses, but geopolitical developments have added new challenges to the sector. Intelligent Insurer asked executives from re/insurance firms including Swiss Re, Argo, AM Best and Willis Re for their opinions on the most important developments in the re/insurance industry in 2016.

Terror loss aggregation

Global15-12-2016ILS, ILS market, ILW

Sharing data will not inhibit an individual insurer’s business, but rather will promote business across the entire industry, says Tom Johansmeyer of ISO/Verisk Insurance Solutions and Rachel Anne Carter of Carter Insurance Innovations.

A Dragons’ Den approach to the reinsurance challenge

Global15-12-2016ILS, ILS issuance, ILS market

Soft market pressures, a prolonged low interest rate environment, low barriers to ILS capital entering the sector, the digital economy, tepid GDP growth… Hiscox Re’s Bill Lazzaro argues that how we respond to the current challenges in the reinsurance sector will define our future.

A UK framework for ILS

London, London Market15-12-2016ILS, ILS market

With the UK government looking to attract more ILS vehicles to London, the market is wondering exactly what it’s trying to achieve. Katherine Coates and Ashley Prebble, partners at Clifford Chance, cast an eye over what’s happening.

ILS market looks forward to 2017

Global15-12-2016ILS, ILS issuance, ILS market

The insurance-linked securities market is looking forward to 2017 with cautious optimism after recovering from a rollercoaster of a year in 2016, according to Paul Schultz, CEO of Aon Securities.

Reinsurers face a tough year in 2017

Asia Pacific, Europe, North America14-12-2016Property and Casualty

Pressure on the reinsurance business has been significant in 2016 due to a low interest rate environment and a soft market, but 2017 is likely to be even tougher and could lead to negative ratings actions, according to major rating agencies.

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