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French life insurance outlook remains negative, says Moody’s

Europe, France31-01-2012Insurance News

Rating agency Moody’s has said its outlook for French life insurers remains negative, due to several issues that the industry is facing.

Fitch downgrade for Mapfre

Latin America31-01-2012Insurance News

Rating agency Fitch has downgraded Mapfre SA’s Issuer Default Rating to 'A-' from 'A', along with its core operating subsidiaries' Insurer Financial Strength rating to 'A' from 'A+'.

ILS market remains robust

Europe01-11-2011Alternative Risk Transfer News, Reinsurance News

Fifteen years since the first insurance linked securities (ILS) were launched the market is still growing as more and more organisations choose this method as a way of transferring risk, according to a report by Swiss Re.

Start-ups demonstrate ILS demand


The formation of a new fund and a new legal group has once again revealed the market’s sustained appetite for insurance linked securities.

Investor appetite for cat bonds returns


The recent oversubscription to the Californian Earthquake Association catastrophe bond has signalled the return of investor demand for catastrophe bond investment opportunities, according to experts.

Cautious welcome for QIS5 results

Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, MENA, North America01-06-2011Alternative Risk Transfer News, Property cat

Following its publication earlier this year, the results of the fifth quantitative impact study (QIS5) have been met with a mixed reaction.

Latin America regulations remain cause for concern


New reinsurance regulations in both Brazil and Argentina continue to be a worry for many in the international reinsurance industry.

Takaful market market to reach $12 billion in 2011


A recent report by Ernst & Young predicted that the takaful insurance market will grow to approximately $12 billion in 2011.

Solvency II delays could have knock-on effect


Delays in the regulatory process could hamper the efforts of organisations to conform to Solvency II, according to industry experts.

ILS still proving popular

Emerging Markets, North America01-06-2011Alternative Risk Transfer News, Property cat, Reinsurance News

Despite concerns over the effects that heavy catastrophe activity in the first quarter of 2011 could have on insurance-linked securities, the market remains in robust health.

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