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Liberty Mutual to buy Ironshore in $3bn deal

Liberty Mutual has agreed to buy specialty insurer Ironshore from Fosun in a deal that values the company at around $3bn or 1.45x tangible book valueRead more

London market ILS taskforce focused on new initiatives

The London market taskforce set up to develop an ILS centre in the UK is not trying to take existing business from established jurisdictions, according to Des Potter, European head of GC SecuritiesRead more

ILS sector urged to engage with London consultation

UK Economic Secretary to the Treasury Simon Kirby has called upon the insurance industry to engage thoroughly with the consultation on the draft regulations for London's ILS hubRead more

Life start-up Somerset Re gains AM Best rating

AM Best has given a B++ rating to Somerset Re, a new Bermuda-based life and annuity reinsurer partly backed by high net worth investors and private equity firm Atlas Merchant ReRead more

AmCo acquisition bars United from MGA investment

United Insurance Holdings (UIHC) has agreed to a five-year restrictive covenant that will prohibit it from investing or acquiring managing general agencies (MGAs) as part of its deal to purchase American CoastalRead more

Australian hailstorm losses race to $143mn

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has significantly increased its estimated of insured losses from the hailstorms that struck the Mildura region last month, putting the total at A$192.6mn ($142.5mn)Read more

Perils puts final Storm Desmond cost at $759mn

NZ Reserve Bank: Kaikoura quake could cost insurers $3.5bn

Open Protocol drafts reporting standards for ILS funds

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2016 cat losses weigh on indicative sidecar returns

Indicative reinsurer sidecar returns for 2016 have dropped into the single-digit range, highlighting the impact of catastrophe losses recorded earlier this yearRead more

Modellers rethink California quake correlation risk

Recent research has overturned the traditional assumption that there is no correlation between earthquake risk along the northern and southern parts of the San Andreas Fault in CaliforniaRead more

Matthew industry losses contained to single-digit billions

Despite initial fears that Hurricane Matthew could take a significant toll on the Florida (re)insurance market, a shift in the storm's track as it approached the US coastline in early October has limited forecast industry loss levels to the low single-digit billionsRead more

Stable Q3 for ILS fund returns

Third quarter returns from a group of ILS funds tracked by Trading Risk were stable year-on-yearRead more

Ghoulies and ghosties

When you've been writing editorials for a few years, the ghosts of columns past inevitably come back to haunt youRead more

Trading Places

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The Trading Floor Interview: Richard Lowther

Richard Lowther, chief operating officer at Hiscox Re Insurance Linked Strategies, says hybrid reinsurer ILS managers are upping their game, but some can do more to appeal to investorsRead more

Research & Supplements

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TR MC RT 2016

Trading Risk Monte Carlo Roundtable 2016

2016 marked the 60th anniversary of the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous, and an extraordinarily humid conference for delegates rushing from meetings at the Café de Paris to the HermitageRead more

TR MC RT 2015

Trading Risk Monte Carlo Roundtable 2015

The ILS market got the chance to step out of the reinsurance spotlight this year at Monte Carlo, after several years as one of the key talking points during the annual Rendez-VousRead more

TR Awards post-event 2016

Trading Risk Awards 2016

Our news team always has much more fun talking about the quirks of the ILS market than it does traditional reinsurance dealsRead more

TR Awards 2015

Trading Risk Awards 2015

We have a running joke in the Trading Risk newsroom that we should shake up our annual awards by introducing a new category for the best cat bond title of the yearRead more

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