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Companies House

Bermuda well positioned for post-cat rate rises

But the key uncertainty remains the appetite of alternative capital, which has taken up to 25% of the total cat bill
Reinsurance Companies House

Set Alert for Insurance Day Companies and Financial :: Companies House

Cat hit makes 2018 a crucial year for Lloyd's

The market is set to post a big loss for 2017 but has a struggle on to ensure it achieves vital rate rises next year 

North America Europe

Brokers ride out soft market and prepare for growth

Restructurings and rising rates put the leading firms in a strong position to benefit in 2018


Retro recoveries ease the pain for Bermuda

Capital is down only slightly following the Q3 catastrophes
North America Reinsurance
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Axis Capital acquires Novae

Reaction and Analysis


Axis Capital to acquire Novae for $604m

Bermudian group pays 20% premium for Lloyd's insurer as it seeks specialty growth

Novae's 1.5 sale multiple is good compared to recent deals

Novae CEO Matthew Fosh has secured a strong sale price for the business, even though it's well off Amlin's eye-popping multiple

Novae must maintain agility to capitalise on Axis scale

'Agility and focus' have got Novae this far. Retaining this agility as part of Axis will be critical to its future success

Axis tilts further towards specialty insurance business with Novae

Nearly two-thirds of Axis Capital's business will be insurance business following completion

Benchimol: Novae acquisition 'a new milestone' in evolution of Axis Capital

Acquisition a 'rare opportunity' to accelerate group's strategy of developing specialty insurance business

Neptune continues to prune Novae stake

Fund manager is no longer Novae's largest shareholder after cutting stake by two-thirds

Axis Capital approved to launch Lloyd's managing agent

Will assume management of syndicate 1686 from August 4

Asset Management

Set Alert for Insurance Day Companies and Financial :: Asset Management

Stepping up equity investment without breaching solvency capital requirements

Institutional investors are beginning to question the regulatory constraints which are forcing them to buy over-valued government bonds and to diversify into more reasonably priced asset classes

Asset Management/Investment Regulation

Slimmer pickings in the private debt universe

Zurich is one of the most consistent insurers around when it comes to the allocations within its heavily outsourced $200bn balance sheet investment portfolio. However, private debt and responsible investing remain a strong focus at the margins – even though the former may have lost some of its shine

Zurich Asset Management/Investment

Lloyd's excludes coal in revamped investment strategy

Central Fund assets to be divested from coal interests from April 1 next year
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Axa, Aviva and Aegon deals underline Europeans' strategic M&A moves

Graham Village


Leading European companies are taking another look at their position in the US and other mature markets


Set Alert for Insurance Day Companies and Financial :: Stockwatch

StockWatch: Hiscox and JLT top performing stocks of 2017

Aspen and Axis Capital were the worst performers
Stockwatch Europe

StockWatch: Beazley drags down Lloyd's stocks

New York fine hits Beazley shares
Stockwatch North America

StockWatch: Everest and RenRe slump as new money flows to Third Point Re

Bermudian and US heavyweights underperform the global equity markets

Europe London
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