Alternative risk transfer solutions are set to break new records in 2006. Cat bonds, sidecars and swaps are all increasingly popular means of tapping the capital flows, explain Jonathan Barnes and Alan Punter.
Property insurance may be softening in those regions outside of the US and Caribbean, but this is no reason for reinsurers to follow suit. Maintaining discipline is key in this environment, explains Heike Trilovszky.
Most kidnap and ransom victims only recognise tell-tale surveillance patterns when it is too late and they have been taken prisoner. But David Venn believes most potential victims could be trained to spot the risks, preventing the crime from the outset.
Despite the low probability of large earthquakes occurring in Switzerland, the risk is important to model due to its potential catastrophic impact on the region, explain Julian Alovisi and Dr Jayanta Guin.
With the industry facing increasingly ferocious hurricane seasons, Dr Eberhard Faust details the conflicting arguments from the scientific community on what could be behind this period of heightened activity.
If the upheaval of ongoing regulatory scrutiny were not enough, the verdicts from a handful of recent cases could have additional implications on the way insurance brokers go about their business, explains Carolyn Haigh.