The Irish government takes over Quinn Insurance, a major Irish health and p/c insurer, and part of the rags-to-riches empire of Sean Quinn. The problem wasn’t the €68 million (US$92 million) deficiency that PwC actuaries spied on a €200 million (US$270 million) surplus. It was the €1.2 billion guarantee (US$1.6 billion) QI made of other Quinn assets, whose net effect reduced assets by €448 million (US$600 million). (A life company was unaffected.) One U.S. report said the government would need €2,000 (US$2,700) for every person in Ireland to settle Quinn Insurance claims. You gotta hope that’s high; Obama’s $787 billion recovery act works out to about $2,500 for every person in the United States. Other coverage here, here, here and here.
- April 1 reinsurance renewals: The soft market continues.
- In Warren We Trust.
- PERILS is trying to be the PCS of Europe. Loss estimate from Xynthia is a work in progress.
- The history of the law of large numbers, as told by an insurance executive.
- Math majors: If you don’t stick to your knitting, there’s always crochet.