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The MGA train has arrived

01-10-2012Managing General Agencies (MGA)Frank Fortunato

The glut of new managing general agencies attracting capital may well trigger innovation in the market. But starting such an operation is not as simple as it used to be and comes with many challenges that must be overcome, as Frank Fortunato explains.

On top of Europe


We polled our readers and carried out independent research to compile our list of winners of the Intelligent Insurer European Awards 2012. Here, we present the results.

A vision of opportunity


As the chief of one of the world’s biggest insurers, AXA’s Henri de Castries has a unique perspective on the challenges facing his industry. But he prefers to focus on the many long-term positives he sees for a company rapidly expanding its global footprint.

The corporate debt collector


As most brokers naturally focus on securing new business, the establishment of systems and controls to manage reinsurance recoveries relating to legacy business in a timely manner can often take a back seat.

A new frontier for risk assessment

01-10-2012Health Insurance

Recent wide-ranging reforms to the healthcare system in the US mean fundamental new challenges for risk managers but also opportunities for insurers and reinsurers willing to innovate.

Latin America: fertile ground for growth

Brazil, Chile, Emerging Markets, Mexico01-10-2012

The insurance and reinsurance markets of Latin America present opportunities for innovative domestic carriers and international players alike.

Brazilian crop cover: time to grow

Brazil, Emerging Markets01-10-2012Agriculture, Crop Insurance & Reinsurance

Insurers providing crop coverage in Brazil need to refine their product to make it more attractive to farmers. II speaks to Bruno Freire at Austral Re about how crop insurance can be improved and how reinsurers can support this process.

The top London market brokers


The following analysis and tables cover the top 20 independent London Market brokers by turnover. Here, we examine the results and find some interesting conclusions.

A practical alternative

01-10-2012Robert Quinn

An insurance trust offers a real alternative to letters of credit for UK and EU-based insurance programmes looking to manage their collateral requirements, as Robert G. Quinn, senior vice president from Wells Fargo explains.

A time to reflect


As Denis Kessler quietly celebrates 10 years at the helm of SCOR, he reflects on the remarkable turnaround he instigated at the company, ponders future opportunities and tells II that one of his biggest concerns now is that Solvency II will never be implemented.

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