Zurich reports first quarter profits

Solvency ratio of 223% under Swiss Solvency Test


Zurich estimates $500m of Q1 disaster claims

Hiscox and Flagstone Re also estimate initial losses from Japan quake


Japan quake likely to be biggest ever for insured losses

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


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.