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Carriers finally ‘called time’ on rate reductions: Willis


“Already on the ropes and fatigued” (re)insurers have finally “responded to the towel entering the ring” to call time on rate reductions, according to a report from Willis Towers Watson.

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Lancashire execs buy stock after heavy falls


A number of Lancashire’s leading executives and directors bought up shares in the carrier as trading came to a halt last Friday following a week in which a catastrophe-scarred set of Q4 results sent the stock down over 14 percent.

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Fairfax takes $185mn wildfire hit as Allied World deal hits profits


The wildfires that ravaged the state of California in the fourth quarter are expected to cost Fairfax - through its numerous subsidiaries - a total of $185.4mn.

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TMK's flagship syndicate facing 2017 loss of up to £168mn


Tokio Marine Kiln has said that its flagship Lloyd’s syndicate 510 is expecting the return on its £1.13bn capacity to run to a loss of between 4.8 percent and 14.9 percent.

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Argo just beats estimates as reserves buoy Q4 results


Argo Group has defied analyst predictions to deliver a modest $0.3mn fourth quarter operating profit as reserve releases and revised catastrophe loss estimates bolstered the bottom line.

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UK political overhaul delays much-needed broadening of Pool Re coverage


Supporters fear UK government may miss a golden opportunity to reform state-backed terrorism reinsurer; Labour MP rebuffed in early bid to add legislation.

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Lloyd’s yacht market in deep water after 2017 losses


Sky-rocketing claims dealt Lloyd’s yacht underwriters a hefty blow last year as incurred claims soared to an eye-watering 221.4 percent of premium written in the fourth quarter.

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AIG forms massive $40bn Bermudian legacy vehicle


US insurance giant AIG has announced the creation of an enormous Bermuda-based legacy platform.


Hurricanes and wildfires drive US P&C underwriting 2017 loss: AM Best


Hurricanes and wildfires in the third and fourth quarter of 2017 pushed US property and casualty (P&C) business to a loss for the year, according to AM Best.

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CATCo ties up over 40 percent of NAV to cover 2017 losses


Markel CATCo, the collateralised fund manager that raised more than $2bn from investors late last year before increasing its 2017 loss estimates, said that it has placed over forty percent of its 1 January 2017 assets in its listed fund into a “side pocket” to cover losses and any deterioration.

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RenRe beats estimates despite $154mn wildfire loss


RenaissanceRe surpassed estimates to report a $41.4mn Q4 operating profit despite a $154.4mn bill from the California wildfires which pushed the Bermudian’s combined ratio to 102.5 percent.

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AFG beats estimates with $197mn profit


American Financial Group (AFG) delivered an expectation-topping $197mn operating profit in the fourth quarter as it dodged a significant loss from the catastrophes that plagued the industry in the final months of 2017

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Chubb just misses as California losses creep


Chubb marginally underperformed against the expectations of equity analysts for the fourth quarter as its estimate of California wildfire losses crept to $447mn.

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WRB dodges heavy losses to deliver Q4 profit


US carrier WR Berkley has reported net earnings per share of $1.21 for the fourth quarter as the company managed to miss the worst of the period’s catastrophe losses.

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JLT Re calls out modeling firms over mismatched storm estimates


JLT Re has called into question the credibility of the major risk modelling firms after they failed to reach a consensus on the cost to the industry of hurricanes hitting one of the best-mapped corners of the planet.

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Almost $1bn of cat bond capacity hit by 2017 cats: Willis


Willis Towers Watson’s securities arm has estimated that $985mn of cat bond capacity was impaired by the wildfires that scorched California and the trio of Atlantic hurricanes which battered parts of the US and the Caribbean last year.

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Aspen expects $245mn Q4 UW loss as California losses bite


Bermudian carrier Aspen is set to post a $245mn underwriting loss for the fourth quarter including some $135mn of pre-tax losses net of reinsurance due to wildfires in California, the company announced last night.


Carillion collapse to deal trade credit insurers £31mn hit


Credit insurers are set to pay out around £31.0mn ($44.3mn) of claims related to the dramatic collapse of British outsourcing firm Carillion, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

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