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

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Topic: Insurance-Linked Securities and Covid-19
Deadline: 21 October
Author: Martin Friel
Contact:  [email protected]

Usage of insurance-linked securities the first six months of 2020 was 20% higher than all of 2019, according to an Aon Securities report, which said this underscored the sector’s momentum and resilience even with the coronavirus pandemic. With this is mind Post will seek to find out:

What impact, if any Covid-19 has had – has there been demand for wording to change to cover pandemics?

Is this one corner of the market that can survive the economic downturn? Are any areas within the market seeing a squeeze?

What has been achieved in the five years since March 2015 when the then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced that the government would seek to develop a corporate and tax structure for ILS in the UK?

How is the UK competing in this market against the likes of Bermuda, Zurich and Guernsey? Is the PRA framework helping or hindering?

Last year Pool Re’s Julian Enoizi predicted ILS would move away from US property-catastrophe risks, into other “difficult to insure perils” such as terrorism - has this happened?

Is there an option for pandemic cover in the future?

What does the future look like for the sector?

Topic: The growth in captives
Deadline: 23 November 
Author: Ed Murray
Contact:  [email protected]

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:  [email protected]

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.


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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 [email protected]


Tackling mental health inclusivity – How the insurance industry is looking to better support these vulnerable customers

Recording Tuesday 3rd November @ 11 am 

In September The Association of British Insurers launched Mental Health Standards to provide better support for customers with mental health conditions when applying for health, travel or protection insurance. This broadcast will examine why these are important, what impact they might have for those policyholders affected and how the insurance industry can build on this initiative to improve inclusivity further.

How can the insurance sector help the proposed Green economic recovery?

Recording 10am @ Wednesday 11th November

At the Conservative Party Conference in September PM Boris Johnson announced plans for the UK to become a leader in low cost clean power and green energy. This included a pledge for offshore wind to power every house in the country within a decade. In this video we will look at the role of the insurance industry as an enabler for this vision; looking at the appetite for these risks and what products and solutions are available – and what could be needed - to help facilitate a green economic recovery.

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