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    Will subprime fuel run-off?

    2008-06-09T00:00:00Z

    It could be years before the full force of the credit crunch is felt by the insurance markets, as Michael Cook explains. So are initial reports of unscathed insurers premature?

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    Taking a fresh look

    2008-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Solvency II will have a greater impact on run-off in Europe than the credit crunch. Those are the predictions, discovers Liz Booth. The new regulations will force companies to think more strategically and to consider exit solutions for their dead wood.

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    An elegant solution

    2008-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Only a few years have passed since cat bonds were commonly described as “an elegant solution in search of a problem”. They have since become a vital tool in the risk transfer armoury, but will they remain there? asks Mark Hvidsten.

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    The next industry changing loss

    2008-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Only three years have passed since Hurricane Katrina sent three Bermuda reinsurers into run-off. Amanda Atkins considers what impact another major catastrophe could have on the market in 2008.

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    Breaking with tradition

    2008-06-09T00:00:00Z

    Sidecars have come and gone – at least for the time being – and cat bonds are continuing an upward surge. As Lloyd’s continues its foray into non-traditional reinsurance, David Banks asks if the market is ready to embrace the full range of capital market options.

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    Holding back the rates

    2008-06-09T00:00:00Z

    It became everyone’s favourite buzzword during the record years of 2006 and 2007. Now with falling earnings, increased competition and subprime losses, it’s time to put ERM to the test, argues Ronald Gift Mullins.

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    Lighting the way forward

    2008-05-14T00:00:00Z

    In a competitive sector, another year of record profits and benign catastrophe losses are simply exerting more downward pressure on energy reinsurance rates. But there is still some opportunity for reinsurers, discovers Jon Guy.

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    Captive king

    2008-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Despite its grand ambitions, the Cayman Islands is not yet a serious rival to Bermuda’s reinsurance crown. But it is the world’s second-largest captive jurisdiction. Ana Paula Nacif reports.

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    Bermuda shorts in Lloyd’s

    2008-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Bermudians flocked to Lloyd’s last year, driven by the need to diversify into new markets. Given the two-way traffic between the jurisdictions, do Bermudians and Londoners make a natural fit? Or are Bermuda shorts proving a chilly option for Lloyd’s? Mairi Mallon investigates.

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    Tomorrow’s talent

    2008-04-10T00:00:00Z

    The Lion City roars, but what now for the cubs? Simon Wilson looks at how the development of local talent and skills will be the lifeblood for future growth in the Asian insurance market.