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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, despite its Soviet-era origins and scary name, the giant company ...

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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.

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    Emerald Isle


    Partner Re, XL, Allied World, Quanta and Max Insurance are all based out there. No it’s not Bermuda but Dublin, Ireland that is becoming one of Europe’s most attractive reinsurance centres. Helen Yates reports.

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    Global domination


    It is the world’s only super power and yet the number of reinsurers in the United States continues to drop. Ronald Gift Mullins takes on the mammoth task of assessing one of the world’s most complex and dynamic insurance markets.

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    Scandinavia - Northern Lights


    Although comparatively small, the Scandinavian countries are a mature and vital part of the European insurance landscape. Nick Thorpe investigates.

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    Ripe for consolidation


    Six years after it was opened up for private participation, the Indian insurance industry looks headed for a period of heightened M&A activity, predicts Shirish Nadkarni.

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    Taking the lead


    Long considered to be playing second fiddle to Hong Kong, Singapore has emerged as an Asian insurance powerhouse. Liz Booth investigates the country’s rising prominence.

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    Puerto Rico - Shining star


    Unfazed by its larger neighbours, Puerto Rico has been quietly building itself up as the market of choice for innovative reinsurers. Ana Paula Nacif examines this jewel in Latin America's crown.

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    Mexico - Rosy future


    With political stability, a growing economy and increasing demand for natural catastrophe capacity, the future of the Mexican insurance industry is looking rosy, discovers Ana Paula Nacif.

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    Australia: Feeling the heat down under


    Insurer profits remain high in Australia, but premiums continue to slide. Lindsay Marshall reports on an increasingly competitive landscape and a market still marred by the dramatic HIH failure

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    Aladdin's cave


    After 20 years of waiting, the industry was finally rewarded with the news that the Brazilian government was relaxing its grip on the local reinsurance market. Liz Booth reports.

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    O Canada!


    Anyone who has ever met a Canadian citizen knows they don't like to be mistaken for American. The same can be said for the country's insurance and reinsurance sector, which despite its close proximity and ties to the US, maintains its own individual character. Ronald Gift Mullins reports.