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London Financial Groups Losing Faith in Quick Fix to Get EU Access After Brexit

Big financial groups in London are losing faith in a quick fix to get access to the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc and are instead drawing up contingency plans to avoid becoming hostage to Brussels politics. In the …

Most Italians Uninsured for Earthquake as Economic Cost of Tremblor Mounts

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck Italy’s Umbria region this week, killing at least 250 people, is estimated to have cost the country anywhere from $1 billion to $11 billion in economy-related losses. The insurance bill will be a lot …

‘Xuber for MGAs’ Platform Delivered for Castel Underwriting

Xuber, the insurance software business of Xchanging, a unit of CSC, announced the delivery of its “Xuber for MGAs” platform for London-based Castel Underwriting Agencies Ltd. Xuber for MGAs is a flexible digital platform that enables Castel to provide and …

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) Leads Motorists to Check Social Media While Driving

Social media and FOMO (fear of missing out) could be putting road-users at risk, as motorists admit to checking social networking sites and reading messages on their phones while driving, according to UK insurer Aviva. A poll of 1,565 drivers* …

Anbang’s Hong Kong IPO Should Lift Veil on Chinese Group’s Low Profile Backers

For investors and bankers wanting to know more about who’s behind Anbang Insurance Group, China’s second-largest life insurer, plans for a Hong Kong IPO next year should provide some answers. Anbang’s relentless pursuit of overseas deals, rapid financing and opaque shareholding …

Allied World Bermuda Appoints Chow as Senior VP, Professional Lines

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings announced that Dale Chow has been appointed to senior vice president, Professional Lines, for Allied World Bermuda. In this role, Chow will be responsible for the strategic direction, management, marketing and underwriting of Allied World …

Italy Quakes Could Lead to Limited Insured Losses: RMS & AIR Worldwide

Damage from the earthquake that struck central Italy on Aug. 24 and the subsequent aftershocks that followed is still being assessed. But RMS asserts that insurance losses will be limited because of property values and the lack of coverage. “A …

Marsh & McLennan Launches Asia Pacific Risk Center in Singapore

Marsh & McLennan Cos. and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) announced the launch of the Asia Pacific Risk Center (APRC) in Singapore, which aims to analyze key risks facing industries and governments in Asia, ultimately helping the region’s decision …

Norwegian Insurer Eyes First Sale of Industry’s Riskiest Bonds

Gjensidige Forsikring ASA is on track to become the first insurer to issue a new type of bond that will become the industry’s riskiest debt. The Norwegian company may sell as much as 1 billion kroner ($120 million) of so-called …

World’s Longest Aircraft, Airlander 10, Crash-Lands After Test Flight in England

The world’s longest aircraft, the Airlander 10 airship, has crash-landed after a test flight in Bedfordshire, central England, its British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles said on Wednesday. The airship, which is bigger than the size of six double-decker buses, sustained …

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