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ILS Products Are Changing Reinsurance Industry Norms: ‘Acts of God’ Author

Second of two articles In the first article in this series, Paula Jarzabkowski, professor of Strategic Management at Cass Business School, City University London, discussed the findings of her book on the reinsurance industry, which show that the market is …

Reinsurance Market’s Evolution Could Affect Its Stability: ‘Acts of God’ Author

First of Two Articles The reinsurance market is moving from coverage of acts of God to one that covers commoditized risks – an evolution that could have long-term implications for market stability and trading large-scale risk, according to an industry …

Everyone Likes a Hard Insurance Market, Right?

What’s the big deal with a hard property/casualty insurance market? Everyone likes one, said Art Davis, president of Colony Specialty, a member of the Argo Group. “You make a lot of money, have good returns.” The problem is, Davis said …

Northeast PIA Survey Shows Prices Rising, But at Slower Pace

In the first month of 2014, the PIA affiliates in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York conducted their second-annual Market Trends Survey and found that the heralded hard market may not be launching as expected. In fact, when …

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Forecasts ‘Soft Insurance Rate Landing’

U.S. property/casualty insurers’ and brokers’ operating earnings are expected to modestly improve in 2014, and the overall insurance rate increases will “probably moderate into 2015,” said investment and research firm Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) in its new report. According …

P/C Insurers’ CFOs Point to Hardening Markets: Towers Watson Survey

Chief financial officers with leading North American property/casualty insurers believe both property and casualty insurance markets are in the midst of hardening, according to a new North American Property & Casualty CFO survey by global professional services company Towers Watson. …

Arthur J. Gallagher CEO: This Rate Environment Unusual but Better

Speaking at a recent conference, brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher’s CEO J. Patrick Gallagher described how different today’s commercial insurance rate environment feels, even to an industry veteran like himself. And he said this cycle is much better for insurance clients. …

Travelers’ CEO Fishman: Rate Increases Continuing

Insurance rates continued to rise in the third quarter for both businesses and individual customers, extending the pricing power that developed late last year, insurer Travelers Cos. Inc. said on Tuesday. In a slide presentation prepared for a Barclays financial …

Liberty Mutual: Much More Rate Hikes Needed to Correct Underpricing

The upward pricing trends are continuing in the U.S commercial lines, but much more rate increases are still needed to correct the chronic underpricing in the industry, Liberty Mutual CEO David Long remarked. “In U.S. commercial lines, the pricing trend …

P/C Industry Should Not Expect Traditional Hard Market Soon: Hartwig

Although insurance rates have been drifting upward in recent months, the property/casualty industry is unlikely to see a return to the traditional hard market this year or next, an insurance expert told reinsurance actuaries at the Casualty Actuarial Society’s Seminar …