US captives struggling, says AM Best

Saw 2011 net income decrease of 21%


AM Best consults on capital, cat bonds and sidecars

Ratings agency requests insurer comment on draft criteria report edits


Darlington replaces Dix as Aviva UK Life CRO

Part of strategic shake-up


AM Best conducts more stress tests in light of Euro turmoil

Holds negative view of overall market environment


Brazil's economy fuels growing insurance market

Non-life premium increased 16% in 2011


Strong ERM helped reinsurers survive 2011

Supported by cat and economic capital model advances, says AM Best


Can captives escape Solvency II?

There's some evidence that offshore financial centres have recently been attracting captive insurers because of Solvency II, but in the past 10 years more captives have set up onshore. Lorna Davies looks at how serious a concern the directive is for captives

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NAIC "surprised" by Royce letter

Voss confirms NAIC is a "standard-setting" organisation


Solvency II extra year is vital for Spain

Many in Spain's insurance industry are struggling to keep up the momentum needed to be ready for the onerous demands of Solvency II. So both regulators and insurers in Spain seem to be grateful to have at least an extra year to prepare for implementation of the directive, as Lorna Davies reports


More insurers to be downgraded?

Allianz and CCR amongst those already downgraded by AM Best