Reinsurers ready to move

After lukewarm investor interest, says AM Best


Japan quake likely to be biggest ever for insured losses

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


Swiss Re's performance rebounds

But early repayment of Buffett loan was costly


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


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.


Swiss Re pays back Berkshire Hathaway

Reinsurer will still have significant excess capital


Florida move good news for foreign reinsurers

Other US states may lower collateral requirements


"No relief for Berkshire on proposed collateral rules"

Mooted concession on derivatives positions said to have been withdrawn


Berkshire lobbies US Senate on derivatives concessions

Wants existing derivatives contracts to be exempt from proposed new rule