It seems that everyone agrees: the time is ripe for mergers and acquisitions in the reinsurance sector. Global Reinsurance asked four market practitioners for their views on the factors fuelling the appetite.
As regulators consider how to make financial markets more resilient in future, David Page calls for more proactive, less punitive supervision.
No matter what anyone tells you, reinsurance is a knowledge-based business, as Chris Murumets explains.
In light of the turmoil in the Western economies, Jonathan Parry asks whether diversification can really be seen as an indicator of strength.
Markets should make adjustments to bring indexation clauses into line with the actual development of claims, argues Scott Altstadt.
Despite the principal of broker independence, insurers are actively pursuing broker acquisitions, says Geoff Kinsella
Is the reinsurance industry conducting enough research to understand future cyber risk, asks Drew Bartkiewicz
Vicky Carter discusses why a strategic approach to reinsurance is the key to lowering capital costs
The reinsurance industry needs to move to a more sustainable model, argues David Huckstepp
While some companies “limbo dance” their way to lower rates, others are increasingly concerned with a traditional sense of discipline, as Gavin Coull explains.
Bermuda is sparing no effort in its race for “regulatory equivalence”, as Brad Kading explains.
Now is the time for a New York Insurance Exchange, writes Eric Dinallo
The trend in the US has been to separate cover for specific perils. Kevin McCarty argues that multi-peril insurance would be so much better.
With the prospect of high hurricane activity and pressure to keep rates low, reinsurers face a growing need to mitigate their risks, as Bob Ward explains.
Reinsurers need their own cat management plan to avoid being overcome by the volume of claims arising from a major catastrophe, says Mark Sullivan.
Chris O’Kane looks at why the industry urgently needs to wake up to the real possibility of “commodity surge”.
Despite the incredible opportunities in Latin America, the market must shed its old image to fully capitalise, insists Stephen Jackson.
One by one, reinsurers are restructuring and relocating their European insurance headquarters. Mark Batten and Jim Bichard investigate the drivers behind this mass migration.
It’s becoming a buyer’s market but the signs are good that reinsurers will stand their ground at mid-year. Chris Klein predicts a long glide down.
It could be years before the full force of the credit crunch is felt by the insurance markets, as Michael Cook explains. So are initial reports of unscathed insurers premature?
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