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    Fool's gold?

    2008-04-10T00:00:00Z

    The excitement surrounding China belies the reality of the significant challenges ahead. Marcus Alcock likens the enthusiasm to the Californian gold rush of 1848.

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    Real discipline

    2008-04-10T00:00:00Z

    Are the days of boom and bust over? Ronald Gift Mullins asks if we are starting to see true evidence of underwriting discipline or is it just the calm before the storm?

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    Ready for takeoff

    2008-03-07T00:00:00Z

    The Gulf insurance market is set to double in the next three years to reach $4bn. Geoff Bromley takes a look at what is driving this incredible growth.

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    Jumping through hoops

    2008-03-07T00:00:00Z

    Concerns are being raised that European regulation is becoming too stifling and could echo the stringent US model. Liz Booth investigates.

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    No guarantees

    2008-03-07T00:00:00Z

    Huge losses, downgrades and fears of corporate defaults. If ever there was a case study in the risks associated with a monoline business model, the bond insurance sector has provided it. Helen Yates reports.

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    The great debate

    2008-03-07T00:00:00Z

    Are US collateral rules for "alien" reinsurers fair?

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    When politics and insurance clash

    2008-03-07T00:00:00Z

    Allstate in the dock, insurance pools with negative equity and a federal catastrophe backstop in the offing. With election fever in the air, Ronald Gift Mullins looks at an increasingly politicised US insurance market.

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    Black gold rush

    2008-03-07T00:00:00Z

    There is a rush on. In case anyone failed to notice – reinsurance companies are scrabbling to set up shop in the Middle East. Mairi Mallon reports.

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    The truth about diversification

    2008-03-07T00:00:00Z

    After Hurricane Katrina and her sisters wrought their destruction in 2005 the Bermuda monoline business model was never going to look good. Two and a half years on, Lee Coppack asks if diversification is all it’s cracked up to be.

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    Safe as houses?

    2008-02-08T00:00:00Z

    The world’s largest insured catastrophe loss of 2007 occurred in Europe. Dr David Maréchal and Dr Jane Toothill warn underwriters not to underestimate the region’s loss potential.