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Investment Return Moves up Boardroom Agenda for Europe Insurers: A.M. Best

The pursuit of improved investment returns has become more important for European insurers after a lengthy period when their attention was more focused on non-investment sources of profit, according to a report published by A.M. Best. How an insurer might …

Update: AXIS Capital, PartnerRe Sweeten Deal with Higher Special Dividend

  Specialty insurer and reinsurer AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd and PartnerRe Ltd agreed to sweeten the terms of their merger agreement to fend off a rival bid from Italy’s EXOR SpA. The companies agreed on Thursday to raise the special dividend component to $17.50 …

UK Insurers Ponder Implications of Premium Tax Increase

The unexpected announcement in UK Chancellor George Osborn’s budget, which would raise the Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) from 6 percent to 9.5 percent starting in November, poses a problem for UK-based insurers. David Coupe, a partner in EC3\Legal, said: “The …

Reinsurance Industry Faces Uncertain Future as Time Moves On

It’s around two months until the annual Reinsurance Rendezvous in Monte Carlo, where the reinsurers, brokers, carriers, lawyers, accountants and cat modelers discuss the state of their industry. That industry, until recently a rock solid bastion of the “we do it …

Advanced Markets Drive 3.7% Global Premium Growth in 2014: Swiss Re

The global insurance industry gained momentum in 2014, with total direct premiums increasing by 3.7 percent to $4.778 trillion after having stagnated the previous year, according to Swiss Re’s latest “sigma” study. The life sector returned to positive growth, with …

Low Interest Rates Challenge European Insurers: A.M. Best Report

The low interest rate environment represents a significant challenge for insurers, according to a report published by A.M. Best. “European insurers are struggling to generate investment income as the majority of their invested assets are held in high-quality fixed-income securities,” …

Swiss Re to Expand Infrastructure Investments: Chief Investment Officer

Swiss Re AG Chief Investment Officer Guido Fuerer said the world’s second-biggest reinsurer would invest as much as 5 percent of its funds in infrastructure if securities used to fund projects were more easily tradeable. “The fact that we have invested …

Strong Capacity Drives Buyer’s Market in Political Risk Insurance: Marsh

Abundant capacity and strong competition have contributed to a favorable marketplace for buyers of political risk insurance globally, according to Marsh’s “Political Risk Market Update,” published this month. Despite growing concerns about global political and credit risks and a recent …

A.M. Best: European Insurers Tap Capital Markets Ahead of Solvency II

Low interest rates together with highly liquid and stable financial markets have prompted European insurers to tap the capital markets in their efforts to lower the cost of capital and optimize levels of risk-adjusted capitalization, according to a new report …

Financial Repression’s Unintended Consequences: Swiss Re Market Consensus

Swiss Re has issued a statement, following a meeting with senior private and public sector market participants on June 16, entitled “Financial repression – the unintended consequences.” The statement said that in order to “identify the most concerning implications,” Swiss …