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April 1 Renewals Saw ‘Disciplined Softening’ with Ample Capacity: Aon & Willis Re

With abundant capacity, aggressive capital market competition and acceptable returns for global reinsurers, it’s no wonder that the elusive bottom of soft market pricing was not evident at the April 1 renewals. During 2016, global reinsurers generated “an acceptable, though …

Reinsurance Capacity Still Outpaces Demand Growth: Aon Benfield

Capacity continues to outpace the growth of reinsurance demand despite insurers’ continued efforts to optimize their view of reinsurance as capital and expand into growing lines of business and innovation, according to a report published by Aon Benfield. The report …

Is Soft Market Bottoming? A.M. Best Points to Some Promising Signs

Some observers believe the bottom of the reinsurance market may be in sight because brokers are having greater difficulty filling out underpriced programs and further concessions in terms are difficult to obtain, according to a report published by A.M. Best. …

Decline in Reinsurance Prices Slowed at January Renewal: Carpenter

Reinsurance pricing continued trending downward at the Jan. 1, 2017 renewal — across most classes of business and geographies, but the pace of that decline is slowing, according to Guy Carpenter & Co. Although several sectors experienced increased loss activity, …

XL Catlin Names Brookman Sr. VP, Alternative Capital, in Newly Created Role

XL Catlin has appointed Daniel Brookman as senior vice president, Alternative Capital, a newly created role. Brookman was previously head of Capital Markets at Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. where he developed and managed account investment strategies for major institutional investors. …

Capital Adequacy Is Key Strength of Reinsurers in Difficult Market: S&P

Strength of capital and good enterprise risk management are two of the main reasons the global reinsurance industry will be able to maintain a stable outlook during 2016 from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, despite the many competitive pressures it …

2015 Cat Bond Activity Down Slightly from Record Levels in 2014: GC Securities

While property and casualty catastrophe bond primary issuance levels were “uncharacteristically low” in the fourth quarter of 2015, totals at year-end were only slightly lower than the all-time high levels reported in 2014, according to GC Securities, a division of MMC …

Tokio Solution Appoints Agnew as Vice President, ILS Portfolio Management

Bermuda-based Tokio Solution Management Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokio Millennium Re AG, has appointed Butch Agnew as vice president, ILS Portfolio Management. Agnew has over 15 years of experience in capital markets, captive management, broking, business development and …

ILS Market Hits New Record of $70B in 2015: Willis Capital Markets & Advisory

Total non-life insurance linked securities (ILS) capital reached a record $70 billion at year-end 2015 – topping the previous record of $65 billion at year-end 2014, according to the latest ILS market update from Willis Capital Markets & Advisory, the …

Best Maintains Negative Outlook on Global Reinsurance Sector

A.M. Best announced that it is holding to “its 2016 outlook for the global reinsurance sector at negative, citing the significant ongoing market challenges that will hinder the potential for positive rating actions over time and may eventually translate into …