With Solvency II rewarding diversification in insurers, many have taken advantage of portfolio transfers to group together what were previously different businesses, thus reducing capital charges. Intelligent Insurer takes a look at the implications.
Pollution liability review: Deepwater Horizon is the trigger
The structure of the UK’s Pool Re could form the basis of a scheme to generate extra reinsurance capacity for marine pollution, argue Alkistis Christofilou and William Sturge.
London Market 2012: Finishing what was started...
Most participants in the London Market would like to see it run more efficiently—but getting everyone to agree on how best to achieve this is quite another matter. Intelligent Insurer finds out more.
A framework for European insurers
We believe Europe will continue to be a major influence on insurance fixed income portfolios.
London Market 2012: The best in a bad year
2011 was a turbulent year for many of the Lloyd’s syndicates—but some weathered the storm better than others. Here, AM Best ranks the syndicates’ performance by four criteria, while Intelligent Insurer provides the figures with some context.
Bermuda: emerging from the gloom
Whether the Island remains the central hub of the reinsurance world may be questioned these days, yet there is no doubt that investors, analysts and buyers alike set great store on the performance of Bermuda’s insurers and reinsurers.
Manoeuvring in constricting circumstances
The implementation of Solvency II will place restrictions on the investment strategies of many insurers. Intelligent Insurer speaks to the team at BNY Mellon about the investment options open to insurers facing tighter capital regulation.
A crystal ball?
At its best, modelling software can offer insurers a glimpse of the future and the ability to side-step potential pitfalls. Intelligent Insurer spoke to Richard Urbach at Conning about how the industry can benefit from this kind of technology.
Planning for the unexpected
The past 12 months have vividly demonstrated the increasingly complex risks that risk managers face. Deborah M. Luthi, the newly elected president of RIMS, speaks to Intelligent Insurer about the need for risk managers to prepare for worst case scenarios.
The storm before the calm
The ILS market was put to the test during 2011, with three catastrophe bonds suffering a total loss. However, ILS fundamentals remain robust and market conditions are good for a strong pipeline of transactions in 2012, says Paul Schultz of Aon Benfield Securities.