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Please find below full details of articles currently being written for Insurance Post. 

This information includes synopses, editorial deadlines, and details of the reporter writing the feature.
If anything below is of interest, you may contact the journalist directly to offer interviews and comments. 
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Topic: The growth in captives
Deadline: 23 November 
Author: Ed Murray
Contact:  edwardmurray@blueyonder.co.uk

A survey of Airmic members confirmed that two-thirds of risk managers and insurance buyers are now considering captives in response to the hardening market. Speaking at an Airmic panel Peter Child of the Guernsey International Insurance Association, said the use of captives is going to become increasingly sophisticated in the future. With this in mind Post will seek to find out:

Is interest in captive formations rapidly increasing? Is this translating into new structures being established? What are the main benefits of using a captive?

Are captives being seen as a ‘magic bullet’ in risk management? Is there a worry that they are being viewed with short-term benefits in mind? What warnings should captives come with especially in these times? 

We’ll also ask how are those with existing captives were ramping up their use? How are they becoming more sophisticated and what innovative things are they doing?

And finally are captives formed so far in 2020 covering pandemic-related losses or are organisations mainly using them to help navigate them through the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Topic: Procurement: How do insurers select claims service providers and how has the process changed?
Deadline: 23 November 
Author: : Sam Barratt
Contact:  barrett_sam@hotmail.com

Post recently ran a deep dive into how the loss adjusting market changed from the late 80s to the early noughties as professional procurement became a focus among the leading insurers. This led to a situation where panels shrunk and a greater emphasis was placed on performance metrics. It was no longer a case of who you knew and individual relationships but was driven by the centre.

In this article we will look at how insurers procure claims services today; looking at what metrics service providers are expected to deliver on, and whether an emphasis is placed on businesses that can offer a broad suite of products; and if niche operators are still favoured in certain specialist lines.

It will look at whether providers are still expected to respond to extensive tender documents and take part in beauty parades; if the length of supplier contracts have changed [3-5 years being the standard previously]; and to what extent the insurer-supplier relationship is weighted strongly to the former, or if true partnerships exist.

Topic: Investments
Author: Pam Kokoszka
Contact: Pamela.Kokoszka@infopro-digital.com
Deadline: 2 December

Black Rock recently reported that over 60% of insurers worried about negative portfolio performance and potential COVID-related pay-outs. Nevertheless, it found nearly half of all insurers say they are looking to increase risk exposure over the next 12-24 months, with alternatives and equities being the favoured asset classes. At the same time, the survey revealed that insurers are looking to increase cash holdings, with many waiting for the right investment opportunities. Meanwhile Simon Ainsworth, an Associate Managing Director at Moody’s, also said: “The most adverse long-term impact for the industry will likely be on the asset side, with the continued pressure on investment returns due to consistently low interest rates.”

With this in mind Post will review what has happened to insurance investment in the last year, ask what themes are currently emerging and find out how important environmental, social and governance factors are? We will also seek to find out what steps have insurers taken in the past 12 months to position themselves for a prolonged period of low interest rates?

Topic: Gaming Insurance
Author: Emmanuel Kenning
Contact: : emmanuel.kenning@infopro-digital.com
Deadline: 16 December

The UK’s £4bn gaming sector is predicted to almost triple in value within the next three years to £10bn, with the current 27,000 employed by the sector expected to also triple within five years. It has defined the downturn seen by other leisure sectors in the pandemic such as music and film with gaming no longer limited to consoles. Micro-businesses of less than 10 employees represent almost 14% of the industry total – employing 4,000 full-time roles and generating £339m. With this in mind Post seeks to find out how the UK insurance sector is catering for the insurance needs of this industry.

How do the insurance needs of this sector differ from other industries? What are the biggest risks gaming faces and how important is risk management? Do these firms employ risk managers or is this where brokers come into their own?

How important is cyber insurance to the industry? Assuming a younger workforce is the sector already ahead in home-working practise and could other sectors learn from it? What other challenges do insurers face in encouraging these firms to cover their risks?

Topic: Hard Market
Author: David Worsfold
Contact: david@worsfoldmedia.com
Deadline: 4 January

Earlier this year insurance executive predicted that the pandemic would act as a catalyst for steeper rate increases and bring about a hard market, which many in the market have never seen before. As this looks to be coming true, we find out what is means to operate in a hard market? Do people really believe this is a hard market? And, if so, how long is it expected to last?

What challenges and benefits does a hard market bring? What are the most important lessons learnt from previous hard markets? What is different and what is the same this time around? How important is the role of the broker?

How will the market seek to inform buyer of the rationale behind price increases and a fall in capacity? How will the sector stop customers from reducing cover as prices rise? Are there concerns that the FCA’s business interruption test case will impact on this?

What impact will risk management have on the hard market? 

 

Topic: Insurance protecting nature
Author: Rachel Gordon
Contact: rachelcgordon@hotmail.com
Deadline: 13 January 2021

A recent report, Reducing Caribbean Risk: Opportunities for Cost-Effective Mangrove Restoration and Insurance, identified 3,000 km of coastline across 20 states, territories and countries in the Caribbean region where post-storm mangrove restoration, which could be paid for by insurance and other mechanisms, would provide flood protection benefits that significantly outweigh the cost of mangrove rehabilitation.

Meanwhile the Mexico Reef Protection Program was launched in 2018 as a flagship initiative to address climate and extreme weather risk along the Mesoamerican reef in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

As climate and extreme weather-related shocks are increasing in their frequency and severity, endangering businesses and livelihoods in vulnerable markets, we ask how the insurance sector is helping out and what the future of this look like?

Is parametric insurance making the difference in this sector? How is technology helping? Could these programmes happen without corporate social responsibility initiatives? What are the long term outcomes of project such as these? Will this be the answer to mitigating climate change in the future?

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Take part in Insurance Post’s insurance video cast: Fully Comp

After the success of the Insurance Covid-Casts series Insurance Post has relaunched its video-cast series at the end of the month under the title “Fully Comp”.

These topical video recordings will follow the same model as before, but with a new brand that will take us beyond the pandemic and hopefully into more stable times.

If you would like to get involved please email Jonathan Swift at jonathan.swift@infopro-digital.com

 

Fully Comp episode 9: Not so Home Alone: It’s been a tough year so how do you show staff appreciation and bring them together during the festive period with Christmas parties unlikely?

Recording week commencing Monday 23 or 30 November

In this episode of Fully Comp we will hear about how some of those in the insurance industry are looking to bring staff together at the end of the year, a time of traditional team building and celebration, with the Xmas party plans on ice.

Fully Comp episode 10: When will we meet again? With BIBA 2021 cancelled as an in-person event, how are you looking to network next year?

Recording week commencing Monday 30 or 7 December

In this episode of Fully Comp we will look at the implications for business development in 2021. The annual insurance get together in Manchester might be cancelled - with BIBA going online - but given the market’s long standing commitment to face-to-face interactions and assertion it is a ‘people’ business, what will networking look like next year?

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