From the head of insurer security and market intelligence for a major broker

From the head of insurer security and market intelligence for a major broker

“I have known Peter for many years as an enthusiastic and professional advocate of the insurance business. In particular I appreciate his broad understanding of the financial dynamics behind insurance and his ability to approach his role in a commercial way. All this combined with an easily

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From a senior figure at Lloyd’s of London

From a senior figure at Lloyd's of London

“I would like to express our thanks to you for the excellent service you provide. This exactly fits the bill of what we have been missing to date and has proved of great assistance. The fact that we have Litmus available to consult with on rating issues

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From a founding partner in a specialist reinsurance broker

From a founding partner in a specialist reinsurance broker

“The course was both enjoyable and informative as well as being inclusive/interactive. I would highly recommend anyone to attend a course run by Peter and Stuart”

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“Course hand-outs are in-depth and are fantastic to take home. The group exercises kept the brain ticking and the tutors not only knew what they were talking about but delivered it in a great way!”

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Alwen Hough Johnson

Alwen Hough Johnson

“We found this seminar thought provoking and the presenters were engaging and made a very technical subject interesting and interactive for our employees”

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Is your rating at risk?

Is your rating at risk?

Controversial though they can be, financial strength ratings, and particularly those from S&P and AM Best, continue to be central to the transaction process in reinsurance globally and in many primary markets. The confirmation this week of fundamental changes in S&P’s ratings process is therefore, to borrow

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Reinsurer profitability and the interest rate myth

Reinsurer profitability and the interest rate myth

The challenge that low interest rates pose to the insurance industry seems to be considered as axiomatic. Company leaders, equity analyst and rating agencies all routinely highlight the challenges this causes. For investment related life insurance products; fair enough. Indeed for those life companies that have offered

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Why Insurers should sponsor fire stations, the police and A&E

Why Insurers should sponsor fire stations, the police and A&E

Amidst all the furore in the UK around the closures of fire stations and hospital accident and emergency departments (‘A&E’) I remembered a pet theory of mine, which came upon me once in the CII halls in Aldermanbury.  If you’ve ever been there you will know that

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S&P insurance rating criteria change means downgrades – and upgrades – are on the way

S&P insurance rating criteria change means downgrades – and upgrades - are on the way

This is an article written by Stuart Shipperlee in November 2012, before this blog existed.  Nevertheless the content is still relevant and presages potential important news later this year. At its latest seminar this week, S&P confirmed again that rating changes, including some downgrades, are highly likely

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An amateur’s trials with social media

An amateur's trials with social media

For a small business, social media has so much going for it; not least because it’s free. I have diligently kept my LinkedIn contacts ticking over – connecting with people as I meet them and finding old friends and contacts. I’ve also realised that I’ve occasionally accidentally

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