Insurance-Linked Securities, Catastrophe Bonds, Collateralized Reinsurance: Predictions for 2015

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I recently spoke with Artemis blog about about some of the key issues the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market is facing in 2015, and they were kind enough to allow me to share those thoughts with you here. Here is that … Continue reading →

Are D&O “Derivatives” also Weapons of Mass Destruction?


Shareholder lawsuits against executives and directors of their companies seem to have taken a turn due north on the risk-o-meter. Continue reading →

Health Care Reform: Compliance Challenges for 2015 and Beyond

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2015 will continue to be a year of catching up on compliance for employers under Health Care Reform. Continue reading →

Keeping the Peace in New Urban Centres

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At its most dystopian, violent conflict between competing interests could become a norm in an increasingly urbanized world. Continue reading →

Cyber Risks in an Increasingly Urbanised World

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Urbanisation and the evolution of mega-cities and SMART cities is inevitable and inexorable. This is an evolution that increasingly will be stimulated and enabled by ever-increasing digitisation, much as electricity did in the last century. However, as night follows day, digital enablement leads to incremental cyber security vulnerabilities. Continue reading →

Bribery Causes a Company International Pain


I find it difficult to think of a better recent example of the depth and breadth of pain endured by a single group of companies for bribery-related misdemeanours than that being suffered by French industrial giant, Alstom. Continue reading →

What Oil Volatility Means for Political Risk

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The price of a barrel of oil has slipped by almost 40% in the last few months (from $115 to $70). This is primarily due to three reasons: the global economy is consuming less oil; OPEC has started producing more oil; the US has been producing shale gas much more effectively and efficiently. Continue reading →

Corporate Cat Bonds: The Next Frontier?

Non-life Cat Bond Issuance / Outstanding Volume

Despite a record issuance year, catastrophe bonds sponsored by individual insureds have been noticeably absent. Continue reading →

The Changing Face of Human Capital in 2015

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Baby Boomers are packing up their expertise and retiring in droves. The Millennial generation is at your door with fresh ideas about making work (and life) meaningful. It’s time to stop just strategizing on how to manage Millennials—and time to … Continue reading →

Paris Terror Attacks Tragic but not Unexpected

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Last week’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris are testament to an increasingly insidious and networked ideology, driving the extension of Islamic extremism and violence across many parts of the globe. These attacks in Paris, as well as other … Continue reading →