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    Germany: standing firm


    Nobody would argue with Germany’s impressive show of strength through the financial crisis. But the fight isn’t over yet as interest rates drop, Solvency II steps up and Zurich emerges as a serious contender

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    Pra frente Brasil


    Latin America’s largest economy offers attractive opportunities for foreign reinsurers willing to get stuck in, writes Ana Paula Nacif.

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    Jordan takes off


    Insurers in Jordan are riding on the back of an economic boom, albeit modest compared to the Gulf states, and regulators are nurturing premium growth via a strict application of the rulebook, as David Banks discovers.

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    The waiting game


    The juggernaut of insurance reform has slowed to a crawl, the victim of a political stalemate. Companies operating in India must adapt themselves rather than wait for change, writes David Banks.

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    The last false dawn


    An economic boom and the advance of takaful are two trends which mean the much-anticipated retention of Arabian reinsurance premium is beginning to take off, writes David Banks.

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    Russia: Showing no fear


    Russians often give a wry smile when they read advertising hoardings carrying the name of prominent (re)insurer Ingosstrakh. The brand name translates literally as ‘international fear’, an abbreviation of the Russian words for international and insurance (strakhsbor – ‘fear collection’).However,

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    Between two storms


    Mexico is vulnerable to hurricanes on both coasts and flooding as far inland as the capital city. As Ana Paula Nacif discovers, catastrophe modelling in the country is progressing – and bringing with it a better understanding of the country’s exposures.

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    Switzerland: The pressure cooker


    Switzerland is increasingly home from home for Bermuda reinsurers. David Banks assesses its alpine attractions.

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    Germany: Waking the bear


    Germany’s strong economy and heavyweight reinsurance players can do little to hold back the credit crisis. Many recognise the impact of subprime will go much deeper than first thought, as Herbert Fromme reports.

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    Isle of Man on the map


    Access to market, approachable regulators and an offshore location are all key assets for any captive domicile. The Isle of Man has them all, as Liz Booth reports.