1690

Reinsurers ready to move

After lukewarm investor interest, says AM Best

1315

Japan quake likely to be biggest ever for insured losses

Tohoku will cost re/insurers more than any other earthquake in history

1269

Swiss Re's performance rebounds

But early repayment of Buffett loan was costly

1207

Japan Post and Axa top rankings of world's largest insurers

Latest annual rankings by A M Best are based on assets and on net premiums written

1187

The year in headlines

Here's a snapshot of some of the main developments in 2010, as captured by headlines from our news and comment section. There were some big natural disasters but no landfalling hurricane in the US, confounding some of the dire predictions. QIS5 featured large, along with other moves towards installing the Solvency II regime and tightening regulation of banking and insurance generally. The longevity risk transfer market is developing, but more slowly than anticipated by some.

1079

Swiss Re pays back Berkshire Hathaway

Reinsurer will still have significant excess capital

829

Florida move good news for foreign reinsurers

Other US states may lower collateral requirements

717

"No relief for Berkshire on proposed collateral rules"

Mooted concession on derivatives positions said to have been withdrawn

716

Berkshire lobbies US Senate on derivatives concessions

Wants existing derivatives contracts to be exempt from proposed new rule