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    Coming of age

    2006-10-01T00:00:00Z

    Global reinsurers suffered their greatest ever loss from catastrophes in 2005, yet the industry in the US realised almost $1.9bn in net income and increased policyholders' surplus by $5.8bn over 2004.

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    Sink or swim?

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    How do reinsurers survive a "BBB" rating? Nick Thorpe explores the rocky road to recovery.

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    Retro off the radar

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    Two highly active storm seasons have sent retrocession into hiding, explains Phil Zinkewicz.

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    Taking the pulse

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    The casualty sector may have enjoyed some stability in 2006 but downward pressure on rates is continuing, explains Craig Darling.

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    Navigating stormy seas

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    There has been much discussion regarding the state of the marine and energy markets following last year's hurricanes. Nick Bonnar explains how many previously held assumptions have changed.

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    Missing the targets

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    Ian Harrison takes a look around the world at the changing hotspots for kidnap and ransom risk.

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    A market in turmoil

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    Can the US property reinsurance market survive another active season? Peter Middleton examines the chances.

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    Flexibility - the key to growth

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    The failure of rates to harden means that captive formation remains stable, but interest in risk retention is on the rise, explains Jonathan Groves.

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    No flight of fancy

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    Underwriters are holding firm on pricing and terms for aviation reinsurance in recognition of the sector's increasing exposure, explains Gary Millen.

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    Is the end in sight?

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    Robin Cantor, Michael Cook and Mary Lyman consider whether recent US state tort reforms and legal decisions could herald better news for asbestos defendants.

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    Courting capital

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    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.

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    Asbestos U-turn

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    Last month the UK government overruled the House of Lords by rewriting the law on asbestos payouts. Mairi Mallon reports on this unusual behaviour and its implications for insurers.

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    Discipline all the way

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    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.

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    The road ahead

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    James Vickers takes on the difficult challenge of predicting the future for reinsurers around the world.

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    Staying one step ahead

    2006-09-01T00:00:00Z

    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.

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    Swiss earthquake risk

    2006-07-01T00:00:00Z

    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.

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    Don't ignore the small print

    2006-07-01T00:00:00Z

    The refusal to approve the HIH scheme in its current form is a reminder that schemes of arrangement cannot simply be pushed through the courts, explains Peter Clarke.

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    The great debate

    2006-07-01T00:00:00Z

    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.

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    A changing world

    2006-07-01T00:00:00Z

    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.

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    A user guide for cat models

    2006-07-01T00:00:00Z

    The combination of a heavy reliance on catastrophe models and uncertainty in model outputs has caused widespread unease regarding their usage in the industry, explains Dr Herve Castella.