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    Cat bond bubble

    2007-09-07T00:00:00Z

    Cat bond fever has continued unabated in 2007. Willis Capital Markets looks at how their pricing has evolved and asks if they can weather the subprime storm currently brewing.

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    The tug of war

    2007-07-14T00:00:00Z

    The battle to remove restrictions for foreign reinsurers in the US has taken another twist. The NAIC is now advocating a review of all regulations governing insurers. Ronald Gift Mullins looks at the pros and cons

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    A quiet revolution?

    2007-07-14T00:00:00Z

    The closure of sidecars is likely to hold back the inevitable softening of reinsurance rates, as witnessed at mid-year, explain Malcolm Payton and Bill Bennett. But where does that leave the reinsurance buyer?

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    Predicting the weather

    2007-07-14T00:00:00Z

    Today’s catastrophe models are more scientifically robust than ever before. Dr Jayanta Guin takes a looks at how our understanding of the forces driving natural catastrophes becomes ever more sophisticated.

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    The next generation of risk

    2007-07-14T00:00:00Z

    Many countries in Asia are developing rapidly, with their cities mushrooming. They are also in some of the most hazard-prone parts of the world, warns Domenico del Re.

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    GR Survey: Catastrophe models

    2007-07-14T00:00:00Z

    Users think catastrophe models are good value for money and increasingly important to their business. The challenge, it seems, is to feed them better data – and to use their output more effectively. Peter Joy reports

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    Stormy skies ahead

    2007-07-14T00:00:00Z

    The industry enjoyed a benign hurricane season in 2006, but the same cannot be expected in 2007 warns Dr Steve Smith. Warmer sea temperatures and natural weather patterns are likely to cause an above average storm season this year.

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    The value of run-off ratings

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    One of the biggest announcements at this year’s ARC Congress in London came from Standard & Poor’s, which announced it would be offering a ratings service to the run-off industry. But what is the actual value of run-off ratings, asks Helen Yates, and will it be welcomed by the industry? ...

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    Passport to success

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Will passporting rights and favourable tax rules in some European countries give them the edge when it comes to attracting new business? The Reinsurance Directive is about to become law across Europe, and when it does, the balance of power could shift. Liz Booth reports

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    Out of the loop

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Two recent cases have highlighted potential issues associated with an insurer’s requirement to notify its reinsurer in D&O claims. Colin Peck outlines the dangers for reinsurers of using standard notification clauses

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    Imperfect solution

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    With the industry preparing to adopt the FSA’s principles-based approach to regulation, Colin Smith, James Schacht and Lynne Prescott Hepler look at its feasibility and ask if such a scheme could work in the US

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    Give me an “A”!

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Do all start-up reinsurers just get an “A-” rating by default? In the absence of a proven track record, Ronald Gift Mullins explores how the rating agencies judge the strength of the industry’s newcomers

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    Mass exodus

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Is Bermuda losing its shine? New time limits on work permits could force out 10,000 workers and this could spell the start of a slow decline of the reinsurance paradise, warns Roger Crombie

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    GR Survey: Florida’s impact on Bermuda

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    In May, GR ran a readership survey to establish what impact new Florida laws could have on the Bermuda market ahead of the mid-year renewals. Helen Yates presents the results

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    Beneath the surface

    2007-06-08T00:00:00Z

    Apart from the high profile case of the NatWest Three, D&O cases rarely hit the headlines. But the sector remains a hotbed of activity, with the equity market boom and new laws driving current trends, explains Adam Codrington

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    GR Survey: London And Technology

    2007-05-01T00:00:00Z

    Can the London market afford an arm's length relationship with technology? In April, GR ran a survey looking at the importance of technology for the future success of the London market.

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    The alternatives to poaching

    2007-05-01T00:00:00Z

    High profile staff defections have highlighted a shortage of top talent, says Mairi Mallon. But some companies believe poaching key employees is not the only way to secure the best individuals.

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    Managing reserves

    2007-04-01T00:00:00Z

    Reserving remains more of an art than a science for most primary insurers, and getting it wrong has been a common occurrence in recent history. Bev FitzGerald suggests a claims-based solution.

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    Survival of the fittest

    2007-04-01T00:00:00Z

    During the last few years, the practices of both life insurers and reinsurers have undergone some dramatic changes, the most significant of which is consolidation. Alan Levin and Socheth Sor assess the impact.

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    Is the reserving crisis over?

    2007-04-01T00:00:00Z

    After years of accusing reinsurers of under-reserving, rating agencies appear to have given the industry the "all clear". Ronald Gift Mullins reports.