Never has the world of reinsurance been faced with as many pressures as it is today. Start with legacy issues such as mold or asbestos, add emerging exposures such as nanotechnology or climate change, throw in a pinch of regulatory issues such as Solvency II and, of course, stir in the economic condition and the impact on the overall insurance industry. What you end up with is definitely not a piece of cake.

Years of soft market conditions followed by sudden and sharp hardening periods, tremendous losses from man-made and natural catastrophes and open-ended liabilities such as nanotechnology and terrorism are putting severe pressure on reinsurers.

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