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Bayer-Backed Health Startup, Medopad, Seeks $30M in New Funding: Sources

Medopad Ltd., backed by pharmaceuticals giant Bayer AG, is looking to raise new funds, joining the clutch of fast-growing U.K. startups that are mixing artificial intelligence and health care. A London-based mobile platform for health-care companies, insurers, doctors and patients, …

4 European Reinsurers Maintain Pricing Discipline in Tough Market: Fitch

The four largest European reinsurers – Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re and SCOR – have largely maintained pricing and policy terms without a significant drop in their business volumes, despite relentless soft market conditions, according to Fitch Ratings. Fitch …

Greenlight Capital Re Names Belfatti to New Role of Chief Operating Officer

Greenlight Capital Re, the Cayman Islands-based specialist property and casualty reinsurance company, announced it has hired Michael Belfatti to the newly created position of chief operating officer, effective immediately. Belfatti’s responsibilities as COO will include oversight of the company’s pricing, …

Key to Good Leadership: Honest Self-Appraisal – Part 2, Catlin Interview

Second of Two Articles Good leadership is essential if the industry is going to successfully navigate the challenges ahead, Stephen Catlin told Insurance Journal during a recent interview, as he looked back at lessons he’s learned during his 40-year journey …

Global Insurance Renewal Rates Fall for 17th Quarter in Q2 2017: Marsh

Global insurance renewal rates fell for the 17th consecutive quarter in the second quarter of 2017, according to Marsh’s Q2 2017 Global Insurance Market Index. Despite the continuing decline, Q2 marks the sixth quarter in a row the rate of …

China to Further Open Its Economy to Foreign Investments in Insurance, Banking

China, facing a possible decline in foreign investment this year, will become more open for international investors and take steps to better protect intellectual property, its cabinet said on Wednesday. In recent months, the Chinese government has made multiple statements …

Taiwan Power Crisis a Growing Concern for Local Industry: Opinion

I was having dinner with a friend in downtown Taipei on Tuesday night when the electricity went off for the second time that day. Workers accidentally shut off the supply of natural gas to a single power generator just a …

Taiwan Power Outages Disrupt Some Semiconductor Manufacturing

A blackout caused by a blunder at Taiwan’s biggest gas-fired plant is the latest challenge to an electricity grid recently pushed to its limit and to President Tsai Ing-wen’s efforts to reshape the island’s power mix. A combination of unusually …

Industry Relevance and Expertise ‘Ours to Lose:’ Catlin

First of Two Articles After 44 years in the insurance business, Stephen Catlin is retiring at the end of 2017. While he’ll be retiring from his role as executive deputy chairman of XL Group, he emphasizes that he won’t be …

Canada’s Economical Names Dunbar to Lead Its Digital Direct Channel, Sonnet

Waterloo, Ontario-based Economical Insurance has appointed Roger Dunbar as the senior vice president of Sonnet Insurance, Economical’s digital direct channel. Previously, Dunbar was vice president, Marketing, at Trader Corporation where he led Trader’s consumer and business-to-business strategies, and business intelligence. …

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