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


Qatari company buys RI3K

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


Insurers unlikely to be categorized as SIFIs

Turner says insurers aren't systemically similar to banks


FSB agrees to reduce reliance on rating agencies

Urges market participants to make their own credit assessments


Hannover Re to sponsor GEM

Joins other industry participants in Global Earthquake Model


Zurich appoints chief life actuary

Bill Robertson joins from Aegon


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.


Bernstein questions reliability of hurricane forecasts

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


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


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.