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    MultaQa: Motivations to merge

    2011-05-01T00:00:00Z

    As insurance firms proliferate and regulation picks up pace, discussion at MultaQa 2011 turned to the prospects for mergers and acquisitions in the GCC region

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    MultaQa roundtable: Talking heads

    2011-05-01T00:00:00Z

    At the annual reinsurance gathering in Qatar, company bosses met for a frank conversation about the industry’s challenges

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    MultaQa: Global influence

    2011-05-01T00:00:00Z

    With Japan reeling from natural disasters and political upheaval spreading throughout the Middle East, MultaQa 2011 looked beyond Qatar and the GCC region

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    MultaQa: Market development

    2011-05-01T00:00:00Z

    MultaQa 2011 opened with an invitation to firms to list their business wishes, but what prospects are there for creating a market in Qatar that can fulfil them?

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    Moving target

    2010-12-01T00:00:00Z

    The reinsurance domicile debate is raging once again. Uncertainty over US tax rules and Solvency II is causing a ‘Bermuda drift’ to European centres such as Zurich, which has prime conditions for hub status

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    Gulf of plenty

    2010-12-01T00:00:00Z

    Premium growth in the Middle East has continued to climb despite the downturn, with personal lines activity alongside mega-projects in construction, energy and engineering. As the market matures, what opportunities will it bring?

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    Catching the wind

    2010-12-01T00:00:00Z

    With its square mile of talent and changing attitude to reform, could London – and Lloyd’s in particular – be the main beneficiary of the Solvency II era?

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    Q&A with Akshay Randeva

    2010-12-01T00:00:00Z

    The Qatar Financial Centre Authority’s director of strategy outlines the attractions of a hub-in-waiting

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    Renewable optimism

    2010-11-01T00:00:00Z

    The energy sector is established fac territory, but broadly soft rates mean canny reinsurers are focusing on offshore and renewable sectors to achieve growth

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    When the going gets soft

    2010-11-01T00:00:00Z

    The direct and facultative market is getting softer, but demand is up and capacity cutbacks should prevent a freefall. Senior insurance figures say it will take a sizable loss or a series of significant losses to turn the market

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    Fac to the future

    2010-11-01T00:00:00Z

    Brokers are credited with bringing facultative reinsurance back from the brink, and technology and improved analysis are powering increased global trading at a more local level. Fac also helps buyers to take a more strategic view of their needs

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    Q&A with Dom Tobey

    2010-11-01T00:00:00Z

    PartnerRe’s head of facultative talks about the pressures, trends and evolving priorities of the market

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    Asia perils: Bespoke modelling

    2010-10-05T00:00:00Z

    Asia’s use of catastrophe models is increasingly sophisticated, but the industry still has some way to go to make the most of the concept

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    Asia perils: The next peak

    2010-10-05T00:00:00Z

    China is vulnerable to every kind of natural disaster, especially in the new boom cities and on the coast. With recent disasters raising the profile of insurance, the rapidly maturing market is set to develop shared strategies

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    Asia perils: Q&A with David Smith

    2010-10-05T00:00:00Z

    EQECAT’s senior vice-president discusses risk modelling in a region exposed to every natural catastrophe going

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    Asia perils: Aftershock alert

    2010-10-05T00:00:00Z

    The catalogue of natural catastrophes in 2010, in Asia and elsewhere, seems unlikely to translate into firmer rates at the 1 January reinsurance renewals. But the rise of Asian megacities leaves the region vulnerable

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    Q&A with Eberhard Mueller

    2010-07-12T00:00:00Z

    Hannover Re’s chief risk officer and chief actuary reveals how his firm is getting ready for Solvency II

  • Features

    Split decisions

    2010-07-12T00:00:00Z

    Reinsurers’ ability to diversify has grown more sophisticated with the use of capital models. But unforeseen correlations can still occur

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    ERM comes of age

    2010-07-12T00:00:00Z

    Dynamic financial analysis is an essential part of successful ERM frameworks

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    It all adds up

    2010-07-12T00:00:00Z

    Once seen as a role for number-crunching geeks, today’s actuaries find themselves at the heart of insurance operations