Opinion

  • UK Parliament
    Opinion

    Pool Re caught in political tides

    2018-02-13T13:20:00Z

    All too often the insurance industry is the whipping boy for headline-grabbing politicians after a catastrophe, and this was evident in the aftermath of the London Bridge attacks last year.

  • Monster truck
    Opinion

    XL or XXL?

    2018-02-12T16:20:00Z

    Ten years ago, $1bn was the default minimum size for a global reinsurer/specialty carrier to be taken seriously.

  • Stock Markets
    Opinion

    Volatile times return so beware any CEO that dares disappoint...

    2018-02-06T17:08:00Z

    That was fun wasn’t it? After several years of low volatility, soaring asset valuations and governments being paid to take on debt, global investors were reminded yesterday and today that the value of their investments can go down as well as up.

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    Opinion

    Disruption Daydreams

    2018-02-05T14:54:00Z

    We all dream big.

  • Lloyd's of london
    Opinion

    Lloyd’s has an expensive problem

    2018-01-29T15:03:00Z

    Lloyd’s has a problem. Its expense ratio is now - at 40.6 percent - much higher than its competitors. This could be ignored when underwriting profits are made but on the 21 March we will find out the size of the 2017 market loss.

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    Opinion

    Sold Ascot, bought Validus: the renaissance of reinsurance?

    2018-01-23T14:27:00Z

    18 months ago AIG sold the well regarded Lloyd’s carrier Ascot for approximately 1.6 times book. Today it’s buying Validus and its Lloyd’s platform Talbot for around the same multiple. Why the strategic U-turn?

  • Hurricane Harvey
    Opinion

    Six themes to watch for during the Q4 results season

    2018-01-23T13:05:00Z

    After a loss-plagued autumn which has raised hopes of finally bringing much-needed change (from a carrier perspective) to the (re)insurance market dynamics, all eyes now turn to the Q4 and full-year 2017 results season which begins in earnest today with US insurance heavyweight Travelers (see

  • Ajit Jain
    Opinion

    Succession Planning

    2018-01-15T09:48:00Z

    How do you replace an emblematic leader while maintaining the essence of that which they formerly led?

  • Stock exchange
    Opinion

    AmTrust: what now?

    2018-01-15T09:33:00Z

    AmTrust investors were left scratching their heads at the end of last week.

  • Ed hochberg
    Opinion

    Brokers split on rate hikes at 1.1

    2018-01-08T11:38:00Z

    Divides have begun to emerge on rate movements across the market as brokers took it in turns last week to publish their take on 1 January renewals.