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ACORD Launches Data Toolkit for London Market Reinsurance, Big Commercial Risks

ACORD, the global standards body for the insurance industry, has launched an Adoption Toolkit to support the application of data standards for global reinsurance and large commercial risks in the London market. “The benefits of implementing data standards are being …

Engineering Study Last Year Warned Operator About Stability of Genoa Bridge: Reports

An engineering study commissioned by Italian highway operator Autostrade last year warned about the state of the concrete-encased cable stays that held up a bridge that collapsed this week in Genoa, two Italian newspapers reported on Friday. Autostrade per l’Italia, …

Acrimonious, Disruptive No-Deal Brexit Is Growing Risk, Says Fitch

Ratings agency Fitch said on Thursday that it saw a growing risk of a bitter and economically damaging Brexit that could lead to a further downgrade of Britain’s sovereign credit rating. “We no longer believe it is appropriate to identify …

Broker Protean Risk Taps Marsh’s Sargeaunt as Director of Fintech, Payment Services

Protean Risk, the London-based specialist Lloyd’s broker for asset management, financial services and technology firms, has appointed Tristan Sargeaunt as director of Fintech and Payment Services, where he will spearhead the development of insurance solutions for firms in this area. …

Why Insurers Should Love, Not Fear, Amazon: Viewpoint

Whenever Amazon.com Inc. eyes expansion into a new industry, the stalwarts of that space shudder. A Reuters report on Thursday that the e-commerce giant has been talking to insurers about introducing a price comparison website in the U.K. was no …

Global Insured Catastrophe Losses Decline to $20 Billion in H1: Swiss Re

Global insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters during the first half of 2018 were US$20 billion, down from US$30 billion in H1 2017, according to Swiss Re Institute’s latest sigma study. On the other hand, during the first …

AXIS Re Appoints PartnerRe’s Pollak to New Role as Head of Product Center

AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. announced that Marcus Pollak has been appointed to the newly created role of head of Product Center for AXIS Re. Based in Zurich, Pollak will lead underwriting process and portfolio management activities for AXIS Re, and …

Randall & Quilter Signs Program Underwriting Partnerships with 3 European MGAs

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd. announced that its wholly owned European subsidiary R&Q Insurance (Malta) Ltd. has signed three new program underwriting partnerships – or fronting arrangements – with European managing general agents. They are: Futura, a Spanish MGA …

Italy Bridge Operator’s Shares Drop After Disaster; Supply Chain Impact Expected

Italy’s biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday after Rome criticized it for a deadly bridge collapse this week, moving to revoke its concession and accusing it of failing to ensure the viaduct’s safety. An 80-meter-long section …

Brexit Effect: Number of EU Nationals Working in UK Plunges During Q2

Further evidence that Brexit is deterring European Union workers emerged in figures published Tuesday [Aug. 14]. The number of EU nationals working in the U.K. in the three months through June plunged by 86,000 from a year earlier to 2.28 …

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