Freelance journalist Garry Booth has covered the risk business for more than 20 years. He has written for the Financial Times newspaper and is a regular contributor to insurance trade magazines such as Reactions. In Monte Carlo, he launched the first daily paper for the event, the Rendez-vous Reporter, and he swears every year that this one will be his last.


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The 540 billion dollar question

| Garry Booth | Monday 14 April 2014, 6:16PM

$540bn – that’s Aon Benfield’s estimate for global reinsurer capital at December 31, 2013. A broad measure of capital available for insurers to trade risk with, the aggregate sum includes both traditional and alternative forms of reinsurer capital and it shows an increase of 7% over the previous year.


Reinsurers react as buyers ring the changes

| Garry Booth | Tuesday 07 January 2014, 1:35PM

Reinsurance underwriters’ and buyers’ New Year celebrations traditionally coincide with annual contract renewals. This year, the consensus seems to be that buyers had plenty to celebrate - while reinsurers were left resolving to adjust to a changing market dynamic.


Reinsurance - the evolution starts here

| Garry Booth | Monday 02 December 2013, 3:14PM

Is the reinsurance sector about to experience an evolutionary change? Rating agency A.M. Best thinks so. In an interesting special report on the North American and Bermuda markets, Best’s paints a picture of the reinsurance sector in good shape - but starting to feel the squeeze on two sides.


Hey Jude

| Garry Booth | Tuesday 12 November 2013, 1:05PM

The European windstorm season doesn’t officially start until the beginning of December but a clear-up is already underway across Northern Europe following windstorm Christian, thought to be the costliest since Xynthia in February 2010.


Curtain up on RIMS 2012

| Garry Booth | Friday 13 April 2012, 1:09PM

North American risk managers are flocking to Philadelphia for the biggest meeting of risk managers in the world


Reinsurance renewals - how was it for you?

| Garry Booth | Thursday 06 January 2011, 2:26PM

The post-mortem results on the January 1 2011 reinsurance renewals are out and the market’s leading brokers have confirmed what most people already suspected: rates are down again in most lines, with a few notable exceptions.


Washing up after Badens Oktober risk fest

| Garry Booth | Tuesday 16 November 2010, 4:28PM

Garry Booth looks back on this year's Baden-Baden convention.


Monte Carlo and the paradise syndrome

| Garry Booth | Monday 20 September 2010, 12:41PM

Insurance journalist Garry Booth blogs on the 2010 Monte Carlo Rendez-vous

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Trouble on oily water

| Garry Booth | Friday 09 July 2010, 11:51AM

No-one really knows what the ultimate cost of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be: neither the environmental cost, nor the total economic cost, nor the cost to insurers.


Feelings running high in Madrid

| Garry Booth | Thursday 10 June 2010, 9:31AM

Insurance executives attending the International Insurance Society annual seminar in Madrid were left in no doubt about the challenges facing their industry.