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Africa Provides Insurers With New Business Opportunities

Global insurance companies are flocking to Africa, where millions of people have started earning enough to afford business cover and protection for their families, said private equity firm LeapFrog Investments. “We’re at an immense inflection point in history where millions of people …

Aon Benfield’s COO Explains How He Implements a Complex Strategy

Aon Benfield’s COO Michael Moran shares Chicago roots with Aon and a lot more as he oversees the implementation of the strategy for its $30 billion a year reinsurance division. He discussed just what that entails in an interview at …

Swiss Re’s Chief Economist Analyzes a Difficult Reinsurance Market

Over the past 13 years Swiss Re’s Chief Economist, Kurt Karl has been through a succession of reinsurance market ups and downs, but the current situation is somewhat new, and, as he told the IJ at the Reinsurance Rendezvous, it …

Catlin’s COO Explains Group’s Focus on Relevance with Clients to Drive Growth

The Catlin Group’s roots go deep into the Lloyd’s market where it was formed 30 years ago. But Catlin has since become one of the most innovative companies in the global insurance hierarchy with offices in more than 50 cities …

S&P Report Urges ‘Disaster Resilience’ with Governments for Reinsurers’ Growth

Standard & Poor’s Rating Services announced the publication of its “Global Reinsurance Highlights” to coincide with the 2014 Reinsurance Rendezvous in September. S&P described the report as providing “a detailed perspective on the market, focusing on the competitive pressures that …

Best Finds Gulf Growth Outpacing Developed and Other Emerging Markets

A new report from A.M. Best concludes that “growth rates in the insurance markets of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries remain higher than those of developed markets and have kept pace with those of some key emerging markets. The GCC …

European Banks have $3.4 Trillion of Exposures to Emerging Markets

European banks have loaned in excess of $3 trillion to emerging markets, more than four times U.S. lenders and putting them at greater risk if financial market turmoil in countries such as Turkey, Brazil, India and South Africa intensifies. The …

Oasis’ ‘Open Source’ Cat Model – a User Friendly Game Changer?

“We’ve been working on the development of an open source framework for catastrophe models for the last three years, but the idea for the project originated well before,” said Trevor Maynard, Head of Lloyd’s Exposure Management and Reinsurance team, in …

Part II – Reinsurance: Emerging Markets and Risks – the Road Ahead

As detailed in Part I, the reinsurance industry faces the task of partially reinventing itself to expand in those sectors where it can achieve growth. Property catastrophe coverage isn’t off the table, but it’s now an overcrowded field. Ever more …

Reinsurance at Crossroads As New Factors Sweep Away Old Habits

Part I – The Market in the Developed Economies A significant number of reinsurance treaties were renewed this month, heavily concentrated in property catastrophe coverage. It’s become apparent, however, that this market, for a number of reasons, has seen changes …