6 November 2020 – Weekend Read

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."  ~ Albert Schweitzer

NETFLIX:  The Queen's Gambit – This is an exceptionally good miniseries – binge-worthy. When winning takes everything, what are you left with? The Queen’s Gambit follows a young chess prodigy’s rise from an orphanage to the world stage. But genius comes with a cost. Watch the trailer HERE

TIMEScientists Have Uncovered the Likely Cause of a Serious COVID-19 Symptom: Blood Clotting

Crawford buys insurance-focused Australian law firm

Britain unprepared for real Brexit: official reports

In Halting Ant’s I.P.O., China Sends a Warning to Business

AIG considers IPO or 19.9% stake sale for life and retirement unit

Hurricane Zeta onshore insured losses estimated at $3B to $5B

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Acquires Effectus Consulting Pty Ltd. – Effectus Consulting is a data-driven employee and leadership development firm offering HR and talent development strategies, talent diagnostics, culture and engagement surveys, mediation and performance management, and executive coaching services to clients throughout Australia.

Guy Carpenter: Wildfire: Understanding and Modeling the Risk

German Courts decide whether insurance broker with 100% of shares held by insurer was independent and neutral

  • According to German law, there is a strict separation between brokers and agents

How The Pandemic Is Accelerating Trends In Urban Space

Insurer RSA in $9.4 billion takeover talks with Intact, Tryg

AIG Net Income Fell in Third Quarter – Operating profit rose, despite storm costs and losses tied to Covid-19

Marsh: Global Insurance Market Index - 2020 Q3

Willis Towers Watson shows resilience in Q3 2020 results

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Posted by Alex Hodges
Alex has 40+ years of experience in the industry with a specific interest in the international P&C business. Alex began his career with Rollins Burdick Hunter Co in Chicago; moved to New York with the firm; then back to Chicago HQ after the acquisition of RBH by Aon. As part of Aon’s global acquisition team, he moved to The Netherlands to help with the integration of Hudig-Langeveldt and Frank B. Hall in Europe, Scandinavia, United Kingdom and the Middle East. Alex has expertise managing large multinational insurance programs. His last position with Aon was managing the Aon-owned Strategic Underwriters International MGA for Kidnap, Ransom & Extortion, Workplace Violence and Political Risk. Alex is the founder of Insurance Services Network Corporation and Editor-in-Chief of the IRL – Insurance Research Letter.


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