April 24th, 2009

Week’s Top Stories: Apr 17 - 24, 2009

Posted at 4:00 PM ET

Florida Insurance Roundup: Apr 13 — 19, 2009: This update covers several topics:

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Status of Solvency II for Life Carriers: Participation in Quantitative Impact Study 4 (QIS4) exceeded European Commission expectations for small, medium, and large companies.

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Bermuda Update: Premium and Market Trends: Gross and net written premium contracted moderately in 2008, as measured by the Guy Carpenter Bermuda Composite. Insurance premiums written by Bermuda companies expanded, while reinsurance premiums fell.

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Cat Risk in a Solvency II Environment: Many approaches exist for use in assessing catastrophe risks. Under Quantitative Impact Study 4 (QIS4), the Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Supervisors (CEIOPS) provided a list of those that can be used for Solvency II compliance and, in the interim, managing risk and capital effectively.

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Cat Bond Update: First Quarter 2009: A strong first quarter has demonstrated that catastrophe bonds are still important tools for risk managers, treasurers, and CFOs. After five months of silence since the last issuance in mid-August 2008, three bonds closed in the first quarter of 2009 bringing USD575 million in fresh capital and confirmation that these instruments are still attractive investments, despite the ongoing the global financial catastrophe.*

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Cedent Experience Varies at 4/1 in Korea: Property-catastrophe reinsurance rates stretched from -10 percent to 7.5 percent at the April 1, 2009 renewal in the Republic of Korea. Fire cover was stable year-over-year, though, and excess of loss (XOL) pricing tended to be flat.

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