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Iordanou: some firms ‘cheating’ with reserves

Arch Capital's top executive accused some in the insurance industry of “cheating” with reserves.

Dinos Iordanou, chairman and chief executive officer of the Bermudian insurer and reinsurer, warned of “noise” in apparently strong balanced sheets among insurers that have mispriced risk.

His comments were reported by industry publication The Insurance Insider, which was hosting the InsiderScope conference at which Mr Iordanou was speaking.

“It's a self-grading exam — you decide what it's going to be on the day,” Mr Iordanou said. “There's a tendency within our industry to misprice risk, and there's a tendency to cheat, sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally.

“There's noise in the underlying healthiness of the balance sheets,” he added. “Those who intentionally or unintentionally cheated the most have the worst problem.”

The Arch chairman added that the industry traditionally “has not done well in managing, financing and transferring risks for our clients in a smart and consistent way”, the Insider reported.

Mr Iordanou said he expected mergers and acquisitions to continue, with weaker companies becoming opportunistic takeover targets.

The reinsurance industry is awash with capital, one of the factors keeping pricing down. And Mr Iordanou did not see that trend changing any time soon.

“I think this cycle is going to be prolonged,” Mr Iordanou said. “There's not going to be an abrupt correction but an evolution, with companies improving.”

He added that tighter regulation and tougher auditing “has enhanced our ability to have less defects in our decision making”.

“In essence our ability to cheat is less,” he added.

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Published February 10, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated February 09, 2017 at 7:53 pm)

Iordanou: some firms ‘cheating’ with reserves

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