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    Tempest brewing offshore

    2007-11-14T00:00:00Z

    Insurers and reinsurers in the US have reignited the debate surrounding offshore reinsurers’ ability to dodge US income tax. Ronald Gift Mullins reports.

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    Rain or shine

    2007-10-09T00:00:00Z

    Saving for a rainy day has taken on a whole new meaning. Weather derivatives, discovers Ronald Gift Mullins, are no longer a novelty.

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    The same old mistakes

    2007-10-09T00:00:00Z

    Despite earning record profits in 2006, reinsurers are failing to put their excess capital to good use, warn David Siesko and Neil Weiss. Investing in cutting-edge claims technology and best practice now will save headaches in years to come.

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    The price isn’t right

    2007-10-09T00:00:00Z

    Angry industry associations have hit out at suggestions that the subscription market is anti-competitive. Helen Yates asks if this could push differentiated pricing up the agenda

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    Politics and insurance

    2007-10-09T00:00:00Z

    With proposals for a federal catastrophe facility in the US, what can we learn from the Florida story? asks Lindsey Rogerson.

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    From the same hymn sheet

    2007-10-09T00:00:00Z

    A pilot scheme led by Hannover Re is exploring the standardisation of communication in property placements across Europe. Professor Volker Gruhn, Jürgen Petzold and Clemens Schäfer explain more.

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    The crunch is coming

    2007-10-09T00:00:00Z

    In the absence of major hurricanes, talk at this year’s Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous focused on the “credit crunch”. Mairi Mallon considers what fallout the industry should expect from the collapse of the US subprime market.

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    GR Survey: Insuring tomorrow’s climate

    2007-10-09T00:00:00Z

    Is the industry strong enough to cope with $40bn-plus weather losses every single year? Helen Yates presents the results from GR’s latest survey on insuring climate change

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    Staying on top

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    With multi-plaintiff asbestos lawsuits in the US increasing, Bradley Drew advises insureds on how to keep track of the masses of claimant data involved.

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    Return of retro

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    Retrocession capacity is still a long way off from its pre-Hurricane Katrina levels. Paul Delbridge and Jean Bernard Crozet consider its value and the impact of non-traditional competition

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    Unfounded pessimism

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    As European reinsurance shares remain on very low valuations, Tim Dawson asks if investors are being too pessimistic and whether the prospects are the same for everyone?

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    Into the mainstream

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    Could non-traditional reinsurance products now be classed as traditional? asks Steve Breen.

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    Learning its lessons

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    New slip-checking technology at Lloyd's has signalled a fresh approach to technological change. But is it enough to stop CEO Richard Ward enforcing solutions? Nick Thorpe finds out.

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    Losing its spark

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    Inadequate rates continue to plague industrial fire insurance and reinsurance in Europe. Dirk Herrenpoth and Iris Zeisig demonstrate how "cash flow underwriting" in this sector provides a much broader lesson in cycle management.

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    GR Survey: Inevitable rate softening

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    Only a significant natural catastrophe loss in 2007 could hold back the inevitable softening of rates. Such was the conclusion of GR readers in our latest survey. Helen Yates presents the results

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    How low can you go?

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    There is a growing mismatch between in the primary and reinsurance aviation markets. Will the gap get wider still at the 1 January renewals? asks Mark Campe. In contrast to the plummeting rates in the primary market, the aviation reinsurance market has so far maintained a firmer stance towards rate ...

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    That sinking feeling

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    Given the current pressures on the offshore energy and marine sectors, Andrew Brooks and Andrew Moulton discuss the influences at play and suggest the best way forward.

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    The fairer sex

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    Insurance is no longer a man's world. Helen Yates asks some of the senior women in the industry what they love and loathe about the business.

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    Peak exposure

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    A benign five-year loss period since 9/11 has led to capital pouring into the terrorism market. Simon Low looks at the state of the market today

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    Europe sets the standard

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    It's finally here. After numerous delays the draft directive for Solvency II has arrived. Will Roberts discovers that hopes of harmonisation are undermined by fears the directive will create imbalances