General insurers' optimism falls

New business prospects for life insurers also dim, PwC/CBI survey finds


Increased loss ratios ahead for US P&C market

More pressure on reserves will mean raised rates, says Towers Watson


Corrective pricing needed for UK non-life

But material capital erosion unlikely, says AM Best


Can the cat bond market catch up?

After the second most active year ever for the catastrophe bond market in 2010, expectations were high for this year. That was before a spate of disasters and RMS's new hurricane model. Lorna Davies asks: is the market losing its spark?


"Life ILS market approaching tipping point"

Swiss Re executive comments after new Vita deal


Eurozone debt contagion threatens insurers' capital

As European leaders attempt to stem the growing sovereign debt crisis, Michael Faulkner reports on the threat to insurers of a default by Italy or Spain.


Capital-driven investing could prove fruitful for the annuity business

Annuity writers need to develop investment portfolios beyond the usual fare of corporate bonds if business strategies are to be kept to on track. However, picking and implementing new asset classes is no easy feat and requires a robust and systematic investment process. Yasheen Rajan suggests a possible approach called capital-driven investing