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  • Ripples of interest rate risk hit UK annuity writers

    07 October 2022

    Equity-release mortgages have been a popular asset class for annuity writers, but soaring interest rates, fears of a property crash and regulatory uncertainty are creating questions for the market, as Christopher Cundy reports

  • Plenty of runway left for life consolidation in Europe

    04 October 2022

    The business of consolidating life insurance portfolios is looking healthy, according to participants, as inflation provides a catalyst and supervisors become more familiar with transactions. Joshua Geer reports

  • The UK gilts crisis: a worry, not a disaster, for insurers

    30 September 2022

    Plunging sterling and soaring gilt yields are buffeting insurers, but longer-term impacts of the government's disastrous "mini budget" are the real concerns, as Sarfraz Thind reports

  • RVS 2022: emerging risks are fattening the tail

    26 September 2022

    The interconnectedness of emerging risks threatens to exacerbate extreme losses for reinsurers. Paul Walsh reflects on the discussions at the Rendez-Vous de Septembre (RVS) in Monte Carlo

  • US Senators grill regulators over private equity ownership and climate

    21 September 2022

    This month's US Senate Banking Committee hearing on insurance shone a light on where politicians have the biggest concerns about the sector. Sarfraz Thind reports

  • GCC insurers find the positives in IFRS 17 implementation

    19 September 2022

    IFRS 17 compliance is tougher for insurers in emerging markets such as the Gulf Cooperation Council. Despite the challenges, the sector is optimistic about potential benefits, as Joshua Geer reports

  • Insurtech's growing pains

    14 September 2022

    Insurtechs have faced a tough 12 months. What was once the land of endless opportunity has become an environment of job cuts and dried up funding. But making the journey from puberty to adulthood was never going to be easy, as Sarfraz Thind reports

  • Climate and inflation threats spark response from technology vendors

    12 September 2022

    Risk modelling and management teams are being pushed to improve how they deal with climate and inflation risk - and software vendors are responding, as Ronan McCaughey explains

  • RVS Monte Carlo 2022: reinsurers gather amid turbulent backdrop

    09 September 2022

    After a two-year absence, the annual Rendez-Vous de Septembre (RVS) returns to the glitzy surroundings of Monte Carlo during an eventful period for the reinsurance sector. Paul Walsh previews some key talking points

  • Stress testing reinsurer resilience to reserve shocks

    06 September 2022

    Stuart Shipperlee discusses Litmus Analysis' examination of 35 leading reinsurance carriers to understand their overall resilience to reserve shocks, and notes very significant individual variances