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Pioneering protection


Cutting edge techniques to extract shale gas from the ground represent a breakthrough when it comes to energy supply, but specialist insurers are also needed to underwrite these risks.

Software opportunities at Lloyd's

London Market01-03-2012Francis Fortunato

The Lloyd’s Three-Year Plan 2012–2014 is designed to make the market more efficient and streamlined, and will also mean many opportunities for software providers, says Francis Fortunato.

Marine profitability: sinking or sunk?


In the wake of the Costa Concordia disaster off the coast of Tuscany, Intelligent Insurer asks whether marine profitability has only just become a sinking ship, or whether it has always been swimming with the fishes.

Beware the cost of future returns

01-03-2012Capital ManagementJohn Townley and Matthew Hutchinson

The proposed implementation of Solvency II equivalence will force Bermudian insurers to be far more proactive in terms of how they analyse and forecast their investments, say John Townley and Matthew Hutchinson.

Solvency II: the dilemma

01-03-2012Capital ManagementJim Bachman and Tobias Gummersbach

As companies grapple with the implications of Solvency II, GR-NEAM’s Jim Bachman and Tobias Gummersbach weigh up the pros and cons of standard models vs bespoke models and a ‘rules-based’ and ‘principles-based’ approach.

Intelligent Insurer US Awards 2011

North America01-11-2011

In our latest US survey, we aimed to discover which companies and individuals our readers believe are ahead of the game in the US market.

Shaken but not stirred


A tough economic environment, combined with high catastrophe losses and many other uncertainties, has left insurers and reinsurers struggling to come to terms with a complex business environment heading into the January 1 renewals.

Security during uncertainty

Bermuda01-11-2011Capital Management

In the current volatile environment, it is crucial that cedants can trust the promises made by their reinsurers. Intelligent Insurer speaks to Maiden Re about how collateralisation is helping them to stand behind their promises.

Credit ratings for cat bonds: are they worth the cost and effort?

01-11-2011Alternative Risk Transfer (ART)Pete Vloedman

The recent downgrades of numerous cat bonds triggered by changes to the risk models underpinning them may be a contributory factor in a sharp reduction in the number of non-specialised investors contributing to this sector.

The impact of RMS v11 on ILS

01-11-2011Alternative Risk Transfer (ART)Peter Nakada

Risk modelling agency RMS’s new US wind model triggered downgrades to many catastrophe bonds. Peter Nakada of RMS Risk Markets examines the logic behind this and how investors have reacted to the situation.

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