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World Bank calls for pandemic facility expansion to include private BI cover
26 May 2017 @ 2:41 pm
The World Bank has called for the ongoing development of its Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), to incentivise greater investment in preparedness, and take advantage of the opportunity to de [...]
Bipartisan House NFIP draft calls for ILS & reinsurance support
26 May 2017 @ 12:54 pm
A bipartisan draft proposing a raft of changes and amendments to legislation surrounding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) calls on House members to enable the flood insurance pool to cede m [...]
U.S. severe storms knock April ILS fund returns
26 May 2017 @ 10:32 am
The returns of insurance-linked securities (ILS), pure catastrophe bond and reinsurance-linked investment funds were knocked by severe thunderstorm activity across the United States in April, resultin [...]
United opts for 70% collateralized coverage at reinsurance renewal
26 May 2017 @ 8:42 am
In another sign of the increasing importance of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market and collateralized reinsurance protection, United Insurance Holdings (UPC Insurance) has revealed that 70% [...]
NOAA gives 45% chance of above average hurricane season in 2017
26 May 2017 @ 7:52 am
The U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its forecast for the 2017 Atlantic tropical storm and hurricane season, saying that factors lead it to predict an above [...]
CATCo listed reinsurance fund passes $500m on $46m capital raise
25 May 2017 @ 2:17 pm
The London and Bermuda listed CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd., which is managed by reinsurance and retrocessional reinsurance linked investment management firm Markel CATCo Investment Manage [...]
Alternative capital competition to offset life reinsurance hardening: Deloitte
25 May 2017 @ 1:01 pm
Alternative sources of reinsurance capital and their appetite to access diversified sources of insurance and reinsurance risk, including life risks, are expected to offset the price hardening effects [...]

London Market

The Hartford appoints Firstenberg as P&C CUO
29 May 2017 @ 12:28 am
The Hartford has named David Firstenberg as the new chief underwriting officer (CUO) for its P&C businesses, replacing Mo Tooker. Tooker remains head of The Hartford's middle market segment, [...]
Karfunkel family injects $300mn into AmTrust
29 May 2017 @ 12:28 am
Family members of AmTrust's founders have injected $300mn into the company through a private share offering just weeks after speculation that the insurer would require hundreds of millions of dol [...]
AmTrust shares rally after capital injection
29 May 2017 @ 12:28 am
Shares in AmTrust surged over 12 percent today as investors signalled their approval of a $300mn capital injection disclosed late yesterday. The stock closed at $14.00 in the first session after the r [...]
Exin in pole position to acquire Ethniki
29 May 2017 @ 12:28 am
Matt Fairfield's start-up Exin and backer Calamos Asset Management now look the likeliest acquirer of Greek insurer Ethniki after lodging a circa EUR850mn ($951mn) bid that topped the offers subm [...]
Opinion: Trump ploughs familiar furrow
29 May 2017 @ 12:28 am
As shocking as it may seem, Donald Trump mimicked Barack Obama in proposing to gut the federal crop insurance programme in his budget this week. And he looks just as likely to fail as his Democratic p [...]
Atlantic set for above-average hurricane season: NOAA
29 May 2017 @ 12:28 am
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted that the Atlantic will experience above-average activity in the forthcoming hurricane season, with a significant likelihood of [...]
AmTrust fee business sale an uphill struggle
29 May 2017 @ 12:28 am
AmTrust is likely to find it a challenge to divest a 51 percent stake in its fee business, according to banking sources. Sources at a range of Wall Street banks expressed extreme scepticism about the [...]

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