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

1087

Qatari company buys RI3K

Aims to win over all the major brokers in the London Market

1068

Insurers unlikely to be categorized as SIFIs

Turner says insurers aren't systemically similar to banks

1057

FSB agrees to reduce reliance on rating agencies

Urges market participants to make their own credit assessments

1017

Hannover Re to sponsor GEM

Joins other industry participants in Global Earthquake Model

963

Zurich appoints chief life actuary

Bill Robertson joins from Aegon

961

Equivalence debate hots up

A lot of horse-trading between Europe and the US will be needed if equivalence is to be recognized for the US under Solvency II. Some European insurers with big operations in the US already have a plan B in place, as Jessica Baylis reports.

807

Bernstein questions reliability of hurricane forecasts

And thinks reinsurance market is "significantly over-capitalized"

530

Insurance regulation will stay lighter-touch than the banks'

Insurers came through the financial crisis relatively unscathed and don't pose systemic or liquidity risks, argue Jonathan Hekster and Toby Langley

134

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.