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Aspen’s high noon fast approaches

The six months of uncertainty for up-for-sale Bermudian carrier Aspen will end soon - and perhaps even as early as this time next week, sources close to the company suggest.

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De-risking dominates in Q2 reporting season

After last year’s painful losses, de-risking is the flavour of the day as (re)insurers reduce their cat aggregates, buy more reinsurance and retro and slash underperforming business lines.

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Talcum powder asbestos isn’t keeping insurers awake at night

Asbestos. Just the utterance of the word is enough to make a casualty underwriter wake up in a cold sweat. 

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Irma’s tail will lash more than just Everest Re

Last month, an industry investor toured Florida and met the senior management of a number of listed Florida insurers.

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Lloyd’s Hancock matches words with actions in get-tough approach

When re-Insurance.com revealed on 6 June that Lloyd’s franchise performance director Jon Hancock had threatened under-performing syndicates that they would be closed down if their performance did not improve, some executives were privately sceptical whether the tough rhetoric would be matched by firm action.

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Does Lloyd’s need another chairman?

It’s a rhetorical question. It doesn’t, as Bruce Carnegie-Brown only took the reins last year and is delivering on one of the key functions of any chairman which is to patiently take the soundings of an organisation’s stakeholders and find the right executive team to deliver a strategy and a ...

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Search begins for the Lloyd’s (wo)man of all seasons

The classic 1966 film A Man for all Seasons reveals the impossible task of the devout Sir Thomas More when he is ordered by Henry VIII to persuade the Pope to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon.

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Nerds rule the world these days

Or at least that’s how the commonly accepted wisdom goes.

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Tech is coming for commercial insurance - just maybe not quite yet

When will technology firms displace existing players in the traditional commercial and specialty (re)insurance arena?