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    Island ambition

    2009-03-05T00:00:00Z

    Bermuda’s continued success as a reinsurance market is based on its low tax, its ability to secure international competitiveness while avoiding over-regulation, and its attractiveness to people who want to work hard and develop new ideas, writes David Sandham.

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    Madoff insured losses estimated at $1.8bn

    2009-03-05T00:00:00Z

    Aon Benfield makes preliminary forecast of direct insured losses.

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    Navigating the storm

    2008-12-18T00:00:00Z

    Patrick M. Liedtke and Kai-Uwe Schanz provide an overview of the global credit crisis, and an outlook for the future.

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    Uncertainty in Florida

    2008-12-18T00:00:00Z

    The credit crunch has deepened concerns over the adequacy of catastrophe funds in Florida, writes Liz Booth.

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    Data quality matters

    2008-12-18T00:00:00Z

    The strength of decisions can only be as good as assumptions. In catastrophe modelling, Kenna Mawk writes, high-quality data has become a competitive necessity.

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    Where are they now?

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    Where have all the US independent P&C reinsurers gone? Many have been sold, merged, run-off, or liquidated, Ronald Gift Mullins discovers.

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    Hunting the gorilla

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    There’s a new big game in town. Directors of companies caught up in the credit crunch are squarely in the sights of the big game hunters – legal claimants. Gavin Coull and Michael Wharfe guide us through the D&O jungle.

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    The cruel and the kind

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    Two very different pieces of legislation are gathering momentum in the United States. One would make life much easier for international reinsurers, while the other would make life so much more difficult, David Banks writes.

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    Credit crunch: Survival guide

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    Getting back to basics and building on relationships is key for reinsurance companies seeking to navigate their way through the current market turmoil, writes Mairi Mallon

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    Watch out for the backlash

    2008-11-19T00:00:00Z

    The insurance and reinsurance industry cannot stay immune from the financial crisis. So what will be the reaction of the industry’s supervisors?

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    Fly me to the moon

    2008-10-28T00:00:00Z

    Sir Richard Branson has a dream, and a bold message for insurers and reinsurers. Not only does he intend to corner the space tourism market, he plans to insure his space launches under aviation – not space – insurance. David Banks spoke to Virgin Galactic to find out more.

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    Pick of the crop

    2008-10-28T00:00:00Z

    Bermudians are looking for ways to get into the US agricultural insurance market, writes Mairi Mallon.

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    Is the price right?

    2008-09-06T00:00:00Z

    Faced with rate reductions across most classes of reinsurance, companies are addressing the problem of how to manage the softening insurance cycle. Stewart Mitchell takes the temperature of the market.

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    Gambling with reserves

    2008-09-06T00:00:00Z

    Reserve releases are keeping many insurers and reinsurers profitable, but have they gone too far and will the practice come back to haunt them? Some companies will soon have to make difficult decisions, says Steve Mathews of EMB.

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    Surviving Monte Carlo

    2008-09-06T00:00:00Z

    Love it or loathe it, the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous is once again upon us. Helen Yates takes a look at the biggest conference in the reinsurance world and dusts off her crystal ball.

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    Enjoying Monte Carlo

    2008-09-06T00:00:00Z

    Life, even at the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous, is not all business. Vitali Vitaliev takes in the sights and sounds of Monaco, stops by at the Casino, and luxuriates at the Hotel de Paris.

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    Renewals Review 2008

    2008-09-06T00:00:00Z

    We review 11 classes of reinsurance business and gather the thoughts of some of the leading underwriters brokers and observers to gain an insight into the impending renewals season.

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    Pooling together

    2008-07-18T00:00:00Z

    With the rising cost of natural catastrophes around the world, public private solutions could provide a model for the future. Dr Simon Young explains how the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility has set a precedent.

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    Lubricating the wheels

    2008-07-18T00:00:00Z

    It’s time for change in the global reinsurance industry, argues Dr Kai-Uwe Schanz. Globalisation, deregulation, consolidation and new risk transfer options are challenging the industry’s traditional way of doing business.

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    Insuring the uninsurable

    2008-07-18T00:00:00Z

    Reinsurers face a future of ever-increasing catastrophe losses. The World Bank’s Eugene Gurenko discusses the industry’s role in an age of climate change.