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    Chinese shockwaves

    2007-04-01T00:00:00Z

    In the wake of the recent dive on Shanghai's Stock Exchange, which quickly impacted worldwide financial markets, Dr Milan Simic examines the potential impact of large losses from earthquakes and other natural hazards in China.

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    GR Survey: China

    2007-04-01T00:00:00Z

    With China being the word on everyone's lips at the moment, GR asked the industry about their plans to tap into opportunities in the country. Nick Thorpe presents the results.

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    Boom time

    2007-04-01T00:00:00Z

    While the industry waits with bated breath to see if it has made an underwriting profit in 2006, Helen Yates and Nick Thorpe provide a roundup of the results.

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    Taking on London

    2007-03-01T00:00:00Z

    A raft of recent regulatory changes has helped turn Switzerland into a reinsurance force to be reckoned with. But for a country with such a saturated insurance market, can it support further growth? Nick Thorpe finds out.

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    GR Survey: M&A

    2007-03-01T00:00:00Z

    In February, Global Reinsurance ran a survey on the potential for mergers and acquisitions in the industry in 2007. Peter Joy presents the results.

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    The Florida storm

    2007-03-01T00:00:00Z

    What are the economic consequences for Bermudian reinsurers after being pushed out of the Florida market? Roger Crombie explains why it will be a year of two halves.

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    Finite redux

    2007-03-01T00:00:00Z

    Is there still a place in the industry for finite reinsurance despite its tarnished reputation? Or is it just a bad word that "gives people the shivers"? asks Ronald Gift Mullins.

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    Feeding the hunger

    2007-03-01T00:00:00Z

    Rumours that Ariel Re is a frontrunner to buy Lloyd's insurer Talbot Underwriting could signal the start of M&A fever in 2007, predicts Mairi Mallon. Particularly in the wake of new Florida legislation.

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    A European Spitzer?

    2007-03-01T00:00:00Z

    As was the case with Spitzer's probe two years ago, the lack of transparency in broker remuneration and "conflicts of interest" have once again made headlines. This time business insurance in Europe is under antitrust scrutiny, reports Helen Yates.

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    A sitting duck

    2007-03-01T00:00:00Z

    A large Tokyo earthquake is many reinsurers' worst nightmare. Tom Larsen provides the modelling perspective on this earthquake prone region, otherwise known as the Pacific Rim of Fire.

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    Dispute resolution

    2007-03-01T00:00:00Z

    A reinsurance dispute can easily become drawn out and costly. So what are the alternatives to litigation and how can they be adopted by the industry? Paul Moss provides a solution.

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    A good deal harder

    2007-03-01T00:00:00Z

    Everyone seems to agree that 2007 will see an increase in M&A activity in the reinsurance sector. But what is less clear is whether any of the deals will represent good value for the shareholders of the companies involved. Lindsey Rogerson investigates.

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    A tale of two companies

    2007-03-01T00:00:00Z

    Catlin's acquisition of Wellington was one of the biggest deals of 2006 and with healthy profits expected, 2007 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the company. Liz Booth finds out more.

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    Not what it says on the tin

    2007-02-01T00:00:00Z

    A round-up of some key cases in the UK and the US in 2006 highlights some basic issues with follow-the-settlement and claims cooperation clauses, explain Ian McKenna, Wendy Allen-Rodney, Matthew Ingber and Jordan Rosenfeld.

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    Part of the furniture

    2007-02-01T00:00:00Z

    Is the boom in capital market products coming to an end? With the industry anticipating record profits for 2006, Ronald Gift Mullins considers what impact this could have on the appetite of capital market investors.

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    Enter non-subscription

    2007-02-01T00:00:00Z

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    GR survey: climate change

    2007-02-01T00:00:00Z

    One of GR's aims for 2007 is to encourage greater participation of its readers in the debates and issues shaping the industry. Each month, a short questionnaire will be sent out to our new "GR Benchmarking Club", with the results published in the magazine. Our first survey is on climate ...

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    Runaway train

    2006-12-01T00:00:00Z

    There is no holding back the soaring rates on US wind-exposed lines, while in the rest of the world prices are likely to remain level or even soften at the 1 January renewals. And so continues the tale of two markets, despite a non-existent hurricane season, discovers Mairi Mallon.

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    In the headlines

    2006-12-01T00:00:00Z

    Nick Thorpe takes a look back at the top stories from 2006.

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    Contract uncertainty

    2006-12-01T00:00:00Z

    If ever there was a case that truly underlined the importance of contract certainty - and of issuing a policy in a timely fashion - it is the ongoing battle between insurers and World Trade Center Properties. In the first of a two part series, Peter Schwartz explains the latest ...