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Successful Brokers Put Clients Front and Center: Aon’s Dominic Christian

The brokerage industry has changed “utterly and fundamentally” over the past 30 years from a risk transfer function to much more of an advisory role, according to Dominic Christian, executive chairman, Aon Benfield, London. Christian spoke at an event this …

Litmus Analysis on S&P’s Decision to Withdraw ‘Public Information’ Ratings

A report from London-based Litmus Analysis examines the decision by Standard & Poor’s to withdraw “its entire North American and EMEA ‘pi’ (public information based) insurance ratings. This amounted to 38 ratings withdrawals in EMEA and 131 in America.” Litmus …

Litmus: More Bearish Ratings Expected for Reinsurance Sector

Since January the rating agencies have become increasingly negative on their outlook for ratings in the  reinsurance sector overall, while in practice affirming or even increasing individual reinsurer* ratings. Standard and Poor’s move to take Lloyd’s rating outlook down from …

Aspen & Endurance –‘Two Peas from the Same Pod’– Litmus Study Concludes

Stuart Shipperlee, Analytical Partner of Litmus Analysis, decided to analyze some of the financial facts “behind the ‘muck and bullets’ of the Aspen and Endurance battle,” focusing on the “background noise of relative performance.” In its bulletin announcing the results …

Litmus Analysis Launches New Market Research Operation

UK-based Litmus Analysis announced that Robin Dicks has joined the firm as a Partner in for its new venture “Litmus Research Associates,” which it said it has established “to provide high quality market research and analysis to the global insurance …

Will Ratings Concerns Hinder Reinsurer M&A, Hedge Fund ‘Play’? -Litmus Analysis

In the “investment banker 101 playbook” for cyclical industries the reinsurance industry has arrived at the page marked “weak pricing due to too much competition; sell M&A services to our clients,” wrote Stuart Shipperlee, Analytical Partner at London-based Litmus Analysis*. …

S&P Reinsurer Ratings Downgrades ‘Very Controversial’ – Litmus Analysis

London-based Litmus Analysis has commented on the announcement from S&P that for the first time since 2006 it expects a negative trend in reinsurer ratings in 2014. Of the 23 groups (including Lloyd’s) it defines as “global reinsurers” it notes …

IAIS Plan for Re/Insurers’ Systemic Risks ‘Debatable’ Says UK Expert

“The IAIS, with its proposal for additional risk-adjusted capital rules for major re/insurers, seems to be joining the regulatory bandwagon for seeing these as a potential source of threat to the global financial system,” wrote Stuart Shipperlee, Analytical Partner at …