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REINSURANCE
Market Correction

Florida reinsurers raise rates and return to underwriting differentiation in response to lingering issues.

  • Kate Smith
  • August 2019

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REINSURANCE
Winds of Change

Losses from Typhoon Jebi caught reinsurers by surprise, resulting in increases in loss reserves and suppressed cat bond returns while laying the groundwork for higher rates.

  • Lori Chordas
  • August 2019

REINSURANCE
A Pause After the Storms

Following two years of painful catastrophes, ILS investors are waiting for claims to be paid so capital can be released. However, they remain committed to the market.

  • Jeff Roberts
  • August 2019

REINSURANCE
Rating Collateralized Reinsurers

With $55 billion in capacity, collateralized reinsurance is the fastest-growing form of insurance-linked securities.

  • John Weber
  • August 2019

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Momentum Change

Loss creep sneaks up on reinsurers, resulting in adverse loss development and a shift in pricing trends. Also, AMBestTV will cover the annual Vermont Captive Insurance Association conference, held each August in Burlington.

  • Patricia Vowinkel
  • August 2019

LIFE INSURANCE
The Reinvention of a Life Insurer

Vantis Life is banking on a new accelerated underwriting platform, a distribution shift and a shrewd marketing strategy as it repositions itself.

  • Jeff Roberts
  • August 2019

TECHNOLOGY
A Starting Point

Robotic process automation can be a powerful tool to rein in costs. But it’s really just the beginning of a broader automation journey that can help insurers get closer to customers.

  • Ben Bengtson
  • August 2019

CAPTIVES
The Next Stage

Captives are experimenting with blockchain applications and see promise in handling claims.

  • Meg Green
  • August 2019

CAPTIVES
A Safe Space

Bermuda regulators developed a sandbox environment where startups can experiment with new technology.

  • Meg Green
  • August 2019

CAPTIVES
Home Grown

Economic substance regulations want to ensure that companies are generating profits in the domicile where they are incorporated.

  • Meg Green
  • August 2019

THE LAST WORD
White Lies

Millions of Americans lie on their insurance applications, but technology is helping insurers identify mistruths and curb insurance fraud.

  • Lori Chordas
  • August 2019

EXECUTIVE CHANGES
Former Marsh Exec Schaper
to Lead New AIG Re

Also: Liberty Mutual Re has a new operation under Lloyd’s in Mexico, ProAssurance COO promoted to CEO, Axis Capital names chief information security officer, Geico Insurance Agency names president, officers.

  • August 2019

NEXT WAVE
Change Management

Navigating changes in corporate culture requires finesse.

  • Carly Burnham
  • August 2019

AT LARGE
Market in Flux

Loss creep, shrinking retrocession and deteriorating casualty results define the market as reinsurers head into the annual Rendez-Vous de Septembre.

  • Stephen Catlin
  • August 2019

RISK ADVISER
Power to the People

Technological revolution is driven by demographic shift.

  • Mark Rieder
  • August 2019

REGULATORY/LAW
Scam Sophistication

The warnings about cybercrime need to be taken seriously. As scammers have become more cunning, vigilance is important.

  • Alan S. Rutkin
  • August 2019

TECHNOLOGY
The Right Choice

Application programming interfaces, web services and microservices are aiding in customer service and back-office functionality in new ways.

  • Mike de Waal
  • August 2019

A GLOBAL CONVERSATION
Reinsurance Rundown

Insurance industry experts discuss the latest hot topics and challenges facing the reinsurance market with AMBestTV.

  • August 2019

INSURANCE MARKETING
Appealing to the Senses

Liberty Mutual is experimenting with scent-based marketing and Sun Life Assurance is sponsoring a national stationary cycle event to fund diabetes research.

  • Lori Chordas
  • August 2019

IN THE NEWS
Quake Coverage Down
to 14% in Parts of Missouri

Back in 2000, 60% of residences in the New Madrid area had earthquake insurance.

  • Timothy Darragh
  • August 2019

IN THE NEWS
UK’s Flood Re to Seek OK
to Push Property Resilience

The strategy will lower the toll of future floods and foster the development of anti-flood products.

  • Robert O’Connor
  • August 2019

IN THE NEWS
Regulatory Update

RI governor nixes lawsuit bill, NAIC takes action and accounting standard delayed.

  • August 2019

INDUSTRY UPDATES
'A Safe Environment'

Bermuda sandbox ideal for fintech innovation.

  • David Pilla
  • August 2019

INDUSTRY UPDATES
Outside Interest

India allows 100% foreign direct investment for intermediaries.

  • Iris Lai
  • August 2019

WEBINAR EXCERPT
Being Flexible

A panel of insurance portfolio management experts examines the potential risk-adjusted return benefits of pairing fixed income securities with equity options within insurance portfolios.

  • John Weber
  • August 2019

AM BEST TV & RADIO
Bermuda Hosts Captive Conference

AMBestTV reports on the Bermuda Captive Conference, the IASA Conference in Phoenix, and the International Insurance Society Global Insurance Forum in Singapore. AMBestRadio presents discussions on growing diversity in insurance companies and meeting the needs of the cannabis industry.

  • August 2019

AM BEST WEBINARS
Drones Changing Claims,
State of the Cyber Market

An AM Best webinar features experts discussing how aerial and satellite imaging is changing claims processes. Also, insurers are covering new risks.

  • August 2019

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