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    Cat bond investors show their limits

    The World Bank attracted attention last week when the development institution issued its first ever catastrophe bond, the...

  2. June 30, 2014

    Reinsurers start to scrap terrorism exclusions

    Intensifying competition between global reinsurers is forcing them to provide cover for terrorism on terms they have sought...

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  1. Risk Management - Finance & Insurance 2012

    Currencies: Companies make plans in case the euro collapses Capital rules: Regulators...
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  1. Business Blog

    December 10, 2013

    GM lifer Barra is ready to hit the open road

    GM's off - and Barra's driving (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Of two immediately obvious facts about Mary Barra, chief...

  2. November 24, 2013

    Insurers tackle risk that injuries pose to football revenue

    It is the nightmare of every top Premier League club owner. The club’s prized asset, a top player who commands a...

  3. November 7, 2013

    Munich Re and Swiss Re consider plans to return extra capital

    The world’s two largest reinsurers both raised the prospect of returning extra capital to shareholders, as they announced...

  4. October 22, 2013

    Serious game of reinsurance policy terms plays out in Germany

    Baden-Baden has lured gamblers for generations. More than a century ago, Fyodor Dostoevsky is said to have endured a losing...

  5. October 21, 2013

    Primary insurers push for price cuts

    A significant shift in the way insurance companies protect themselves against losses from natural catastrophes will force...

  6. October 13, 2013

    Reinsurers fight ‘too big to fail’ label

    The world’s biggest reinsurance companies are battling harder to convince watchdogs that they are not too big to fail, in a...

  7. September 20, 2013

    Jardine Lloyd Thompson in reinsurance push

    Jardine Lloyd Thompson, the FTSE 250 insurance intermediary, is set to double its presence in reinsurance broking after...

  8. September 20, 2013

    Alpha animal in the insurance food chain

    There is much alarm in the reinsurance industry about the inflow of supposedly dumb money from credit investors to...

  9. August 6, 2013

    Munich Re underscores tough conditions for reinsurance

    Concerns about how global reinsurers are coping with weak investment returns and increasing competition mounted on Tuesday...

  10. July 4, 2013

    Reinsurers: summertime blues

    Europe’s reinsurers have got a case of the summertime blues. Shares in Swiss Re are down 12 per cent since at the start of...

  11. June 14, 2013

    Central European flooding set to cost Allianz €500m

    The flooding that has devastated large areas of Germany and central Europe is set to cost the country’s two biggest...

  12. May 7, 2013

    Allianz and Munich Re overcome low interest rate climate

    Germany’s two largest insurance groups shrugged off the difficulties of record low interest rates and beat expectations by...

  13. May 6, 2013

    Lufthansa switches course on new chairman

    Lufthansa said on Monday it would press ahead with moves to install Wolfgang Mayrhuber, the airline’s former chief...

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    March 27, 2013

    Africa: much life in funeral insurance

    A growing desire for a decent burial among the less well-off in Africa is changing the map of things as far as insurance...

  15. March 12, 2013

    Munich Re: thrill-seekers need not apply

    It is hard to get insurance investors excited. Munich Re said on Tuesday that the profits target this year would be €3bn, or...

  16. February 21, 2013

    Insurers ease investor fears with payouts

    Three of Europe’s biggest insurers on Thursday helped ease investor concerns that dividends across the sector have become...

  17. February 5, 2013

    KPN’s €4bn plan rings alarm bells

    KPN’s plan for a €4bn rights issue to boost its capital position sent a chill through the rest of the telecommunications...

  18. February 5, 2013

    Munich Re reaps benefits of calm year

    Munich Re exceeded profit expectations and raised its dividend after a year relatively free of big catastrophe losses for...

  19. January 7, 2013

    Rethink required on graduate training

    It’s 25 years, almost to the day, since I started at the Financial Times. “One tip,” confided a more experienced colleague,...

  20. FT Data

    January 4, 2013

    Natural catastrophes worldwide: wetter, drier, stormier

    2012 was the UK’s second-wettest year on record, according to full-year data from the Met Office. Four of the five wettest...

  21. January 2, 2013

    Iberdrola - powering down

    From Yankee go home to españoles go home. Summary Latin American nationalisations only exacerbate Spain’s persecution...

  22. December 31, 2012

    Iberdrola offloads French wind farms

    Iberdrola is selling 32 French wind farms to a consortium including General Electric for €400m, part of a big divestment...

  23. December 3, 2012

    Out of the shadows

    If the students in the latest MBA class at Mannheim Business School are anything to go by, German business education’s quest...

  24. November 9, 2012

    Banks drive European equities lower

    Crédit Agricole capped a difficult week for European banks on Friday as the French lender reported a wider than expected net...

  25. November 8, 2012

    Insurers waiting for Sandy’s full force

    Ten days have passed since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the east coast of the US, yet investors in insurance companies remain...

  26. November 8, 2012

    German industrials get earnings boost

    European equities inched lower as post-US election jitters and mixed earnings from a number of key industrial stocks left...

  27. November 8, 2012

    Swiss Re considers special dividend

    Swiss Re provided the third show of financial strength this week by a European reinsurer, saying it might pay a special...

  28. October 29, 2012

    Insurers concerns rise over hurricane damage

    Shares in several of the world’s leading non-life insurance companies were under pressure on Monday as analysts warned...

  29. October 25, 2012

    KKR eyes bargains in Spain

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, one of the world’s biggest private equity firms, is scouring Spain for investment opportunities as...

  30. October 1, 2012

    Munich Re chief makes China plea

    Nikolaus von Bomhard, chief executive of German insurer Munich Re, has called on China to create a public-private...

  31. August 26, 2012

    Insurers face big agriculture losses

    The insurance industry faces its biggest ever loss in agriculture as the worst drought to hit the US in more than half a...

  32. August 7, 2012

    Fewer disasters put Munich Re on track

    Munich Re said it was on track to beat its profit forecasts for this year after a lower burden of catastrophe claims for the...

  33. April 13, 2012

    Swiss Re: A Swiss circle – restraint, aggressive growth and then ‘back to basics’

    When it comes to risk management, finance and insurance, Swiss Re, the world’s second-biggest reinsurer by premiums,...

  34. March 15, 2012

    European reinsurers

    Catastrophe? What catastrophe? European reinsurers like to project an aura of solidity, but their record has been patchy....

  35. March 13, 2012

    Munich Re predicts return to higher profits

    Munich Re is to step up its investments in alternative assets and has forecast a return to significantly higher profits this...

  36. March 5, 2012

    Floods unsettle Thai insurance industry

    Soaring premiums and increasing losses are transforming Thailand’s Bt150bn ($5bn) insurance industry following the...

  37. March 1, 2012

    Court awards raise risk for reinsurers

    Companies that provide insurance to insurers have become so concerned about a little-noticed change to the way courts...

  38. February 23, 2012

    Swiss Re may pay special dividend

    Swiss Re has raised the prospect of paying a special dividend to shareholders after the world’s second-biggest reinsurer by...

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