Reserve releases are drying up

Guy Carpenter sees reduced scope for cushioning earnings


Cat bond issuance sets record in second quarter

Investor appetite remains strong, according to Guy Carpenter


New flood model for France unveiled

Guy Carpenter, JBA and Intermap collaborated on it


Landfalling Asian cyclones expected to be above average

Guy Carpenter's predictions for South China, Korea and Japan


Financial and risk modelling software moves into "qualitative" areas

Our guide to 18 systems from 14 vendors shows a wide range of approaches. All of them have features relevant to compliance with Solvency II and some are prepared for pillar II and III requirements.


Capital erosion isn't a problem for insurers -- yet

The financial crisis hasn't dented re/insurers' capital too badly. Sources of capital remain to be tapped. But pray for a light hurricane season, says Helen Yates.


Re-rating the rating agencies

The global financial crisis has raised serious questions about the reliability of credit ratings. Helen Yates asks what this means for European insurers and for ratings under Solvency II.