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RVS Monte Carlo 2022: reinsurers gather amid turbulent backdrop

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

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Life back-book consolidators shrug off threat from rising rates

Rising interest rates are unlikely to stop life insurers from selling their legacy liabilities to consolidators, as many other incentives for doing deals remain. David Walker reports

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Generali and Unipol assessed for BTP exposure as Italy demoted

S&P Global Ratings has downgraded Italy's outlook to stable

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Insurers may face capital erosion akin to 2020 crisis

S&P Global said European insurers have been impacted by the drop in equity and bond markets

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R.I.P. traditional life insurance

Low interest rates killed off European life insurance products that offered policyholders guaranteed annual returns. Even now as rates rise, David Walker finds practitioners are ready to bury the concept

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Suncorp boosts nat cat budget by A$200m as flooding hits Australia

S&P Global expects "continued upward pressure" on industry's reinsurance rates

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Taiwanese non-life insurers may face capital hit as Covid-19 surges

S&P Global had previously downgraded some Taiwanese non-life firms

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Worst case specialty losses from Ukraine conflict could hit $35bn

S&P said any loss scenario for specialty lines would not hit reinsurer capital

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IAG boosts nat cat expectation following Australia floods

Trade body chief says some insurers might have "no appetite" for flood-afflicted areas

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Worst days over for Europe's life insurers, says Fitch

Allianz has become self-sustaining for capital on new life and health insuring