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Markerstudy capacity owner QIC sees profit fall

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:11:58 +0100

Markerstudy capacity owner, Qatar Insurance Company, has reported a 24% fall in profits.

Allianz to complete squeeze out and delist of Euler Hermes

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:35:22 +0100

Allianz is set to squeeze out remaining shareholders of Euler Hermes delist the trade credit insurer from the Paris stock exchange on Friday.

Lloyd’s starts hiring for Brussels subsidiary

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:31:09 +0100

Lloyd’s has started hiring staff for its Brussels subsidiary.

AIG moves European business to new UK and Luxembourg units

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:00:20 +0100

AIG has established new insurance companies in the UK and Luxembourg in order to ensure continuity of business after Brexit.

Generali to sell Belgium business for €540m

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:46:33 +0100

Italy’s largest insurer Generali is to sell its Belgium-based subsidiary to Bermuda-based Athora Holdings for €540m (£469.5m).

HDI's Jens Wohlthat on the need for hardening

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Natural catastrophe risks reveal the need for industrial cover rate hardening, writes Jens Wohlthat, member of the HDI board of management.

Business leaders ‘turning their backs on Europe’

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:04:21 +0100

UK business leaders have turned their backs on Europe as political uncertainty and regulatory concerns see decision-makers’ focus on the domestic market, according to survey findings.

Analysis: Leisure market - At your leisure

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Brexit may raise the prospect of more expensive holidays abroad and longer waits at borders. If fewer European city breaks beckon, could there also be an upside in spending more time in England’s green and pleasant land?

Biba’s Steve White on why a transitional agreement is only the tip of the Brexit iceberg

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

News of a post-Brexit transitional agreement is a welcome one, writes Steve White, CEO of the British Insurance Brokers’ Association, however brokers must be wary that the hard work is still yet to come.

Analysis: Takaful, all promise and little delivery

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:29:02 +0100

With more than three million Muslims in the UK, there has long been a feeling that sharia-compliant insurance products should find a market but the reality has proved the opposite. So far, every attempt to establish a takaful insurer in the UK domestic market has failed.

Barbican and Howden swept up in Gable fallout

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:35:32 +0100

Barbican Specialty Re and broker Howden are the latest companies to become embroiled in the fallout of Gable.

Axa to take €339m restructuring hit

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 09:54:25 +0100

Axa is expecting to take a hit of around €339m (£295m) in H1 2018 as a result of a restructure of its Swiss arm.

Carmaker gives three-year cover with every car bought in France

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:56:15 +0100

Japanese carmaker Subaru is offering three years of free comprehensive motor cover with every new car bought in France, our sister publication reports.

GDPR quiz

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:53:04 +0100

The GDPR is almost here. Are you ready? Take our quiz and share your score!

Month in Post: He’s back and will bite at your ankles

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:48:41 +0100

There is always something troubling about a disembodied head. More so, when it is Arnie’s head and it is shouting at people at the bus stop.

Howden takes majority stake in Turkish broker ACP

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:34:15 +0100

Howden is to acquire a majority stake in a Turkish broker in a move to become one of Turkey’s largest insurance brokers.

Lloyd’s launches Casablanca office

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:45:16 +0100

Lloyd's has opened an office in Morocco’s Casablanca Finance City as the market targets growth in North Africa.

Blog: What is Amanda Blanc’s legacy at Axa as she heads to Zurich?

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:41:56 +0100

Following the news yesterday that Amanda Blanc is to leave Axa to join Zurich as its CEO for Europe, Middle East & Africa, Jonathan Swift looks back at her time at the French insurer and assesses her legacy.

Amanda Blanc leaves Axa for Zurich

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 13:52:08 +0100

Axa UK’s CEO Amanda Blanc is joining Zurich as CEO for Europe, Middle East & Africa, in replacement of Gary Shaughnessy.

Cat bond issuance hits $3.1bn in Q1

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:30:50 +0100

Insurers and reinsurers sponsored $3.1bn (£2.2bn) in catastrophe bonds in the first quarter of 2018, up 34% from the first quarter of 2017, according to data analytics provider PCS.

Downstream energy sector suffers worst loss in nearly a decade

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:02:13 +0100

The downstream energy sector suffered its worst loss record for nearly a decade in 2017 with low rating levels exacerbated by one of the worst catastrophe loss years on record.

Regional review: Jersey

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 08:32:56 +0100

The largest of the British Channel Islands, Jersey is located 100 miles from the south of England and 14 miles off the French coast. Covering 45 square miles, the island offers one of the world’s major international finance centres. For the island's insurance sector, business is booming.

Editor's comment: Raising them right

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:54:42 +0100

As the mother of a nine-year-old, I’ve passed the stage (I hope) of having to tell my son not to pull hair or bite other people, or order him to share his toys and tidy up after himself.

Top 100 insurtech firms 2018: Number 10 - BIMA

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:46:42 +0100

McLarens Aviation targets European expansion with German office

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 09:30:36 +0100

McLarens Aviation has launched a German office after recruiting a team of aviation adjusters in Frankfurt.

Top 100 insurtech firms 2018

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Over the past four years insurtech has become a very familiar word and start-ups are launching every day to target sectors underserved by traditional insurance. Post, in association with Tällt Ventures, indexes those that have the most potential to influence, change or disrupt the global market

Analysis: W&I for bricks and mortar

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Warranty and indemnity insurance has seen significant growth in the real estate sector over the last few years. And, with the cover offering significant advantages to those involved in real estate deals, many expect it to become a standard part of any transaction

Integro snaps up Lloyd’s broker Tysers

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:16:56 +0100

Private equity-backed broker Integro has acquired specialist Lloyd’s broker Tysers.

The Hanover eyes Chaucer sale

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:28:40 +0100

The Hanover is considering a sale of Chaucer, its Lloyd’s specialty insurance business.

CBL-owned broker struggling to get approval in France

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:30:12 +0100

SFS France, which is owned by CBL, is having difficulties getting approval from Orias, the French association registering and approving brokers.

Gable had 60,000 UK policyholders when it collapsed

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:33:23 +0000

More than 60,000 UK policyholders had business with Gable at the time of its collapse, and the UK guarantee scheme has to date paid almost £27m in compensation.

Marsh's White replaces Agnew as LIIBA chair

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:59:54 +0000

Roy White, chairman of UK specialties at Marsh, has been named as chair of the London and International Insurance Brokers’ Association.

This week in Post: Why insurers should head to a Maths Jam

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:49:27 +0000

This week I attended my first Maths Jam, a gathering of self-confessed maths enthusiasts who get together in a pub and share stuff they like.

Analysis: Passing up on passporting

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0000

What next after the UK ruled out maintaining passporting within the European Union?

Lloyd’s positive on ILS cover for Central Fund

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:42:01 +0000

Capital from Insurance Linked Securities could be used to back the Lloyd’s Central Fund as early as next year, the market’s chief financial officer has said.

Underlying performance needs to improve, says Lloyd’s CFO

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 15:20:39 +0000

The underlying underwriting performance of Lloyd’s syndicates needs to improve following the market's first loss in six years, John Parry has said.

Biba signs deal to gain post-Brexit EU access

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:10:33 +0000

UK brokers will be granted an introduction to European brokers in order to continue to write business across the Channel, under a deal announced by the British Insurance Brokers’ Association.

XL Catlin adds Brexit continuity clause to policies

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:57:29 +0000

Policies issued by XL Catlin’s London operations will include contract continuity clause to offset any fallout from the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Munich Re to cut 900 jobs as reinsurer targets profits surge in 2018

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:40:16 +0000

Munich Re is to axe 900 jobs as part of cost saving efforts in its reinsurance business.

Markel International to cease writing London open market property

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:05:47 +0000

Markel International has ceased writing London open market property business, making three redundancies.

Zurich’s Thomas Liebi on the spectre of inflation

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0000

After the stock exchange jolts last month, Thomas Liebi, head of US and UK market strategy at Zurich, analyses whether inflation fears are justified.

Hammond calls for EU free trade agreement on financial services

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:46:12 +0000

Philip Hammond has said there is no reason that the UK financial sector cannot be part of a free trade agreement post Brexit.

Blog: Non-damage business interruption comes ashore

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0000

Non-damage business interruption has long existed in the maritime sector and could come ashore for companies looking to protect themselves, especially from cyber risk, explains David Williams, underwriter at The Strike Club.

Axa-XL deal puts both insurers' ratings under review

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 12:27:29 +0000

The major rating agencies have unanimously taken rating actions on both Axa and XL Group following the recent announcement that the French insurance giant is looking to acquire 100% of the specialty insurer.

Interview: Andy Homer, former Towergate CEO

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0000

Industry veteran Andy Homer talks to Ryan Hewlett about life after Towergate, the insurtech world and why Brexit represents an open door for the canny Angel investor.

Theresa May says UK will abandon passporting post Brexit

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:44:56 +0000

Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK will abandon passporting when it leaves the European Union.

Axa can do what Catlin could not: XL CEO

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 10:30:39 +0000

An XL Group under Axa would provide the Bermuda-based specialty insurer with the scale and competitive edge that it failed to achieve from the landmark Catlin acquisition, XL’s CEO said.

UK brokers warned over unrated insurers following action on Danish carrier

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 16:44:14 +0000

Brokers have again been warned against using unrated carriers following solvency difficulties at Danish carrier Alpha Insurance.

XL Catlin's Tania Bensoussan-Arthur on the new trends grabbing the kidnap and ransom market

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:00:00 +0000

As demand for kidnap and ransom insurance is rising in France, Tania Bensoussan-Arthur, underwriting manager – specialty, France at XL Catlin, explains why coverage needs to be tailored the buyer's needs.