The Hive

Welcome to THE HIVE, the place where you will find articles, commentaries and opinion pieces that offer the latest industry insights from Asta.

February 24, 2017

What makes an effective insurance board?

  The implementation of the senior insurance managers’ regime (SIMR) in March 2016, in response to the financial crisis, might have caused angst amongst some directors. However, for well-run companies such as Asta, the regime simply brought together […]
December 21, 2016

London market looking towards a positive 2017

  I am upbeat about Lloyd’s and the insurance market in 2017. While challenges are plentiful for both Lloyd’s and MGAs I’m sure the market’s entrepreneurial spirt will come to the fore to take advantage of new opportunities, […]
December 9, 2016

Understanding the uncertainties is key to the effective use of catastrophe modelling

  The widespread response upon hearing of the upcoming changes to North America earthquake modelling is “please, not another disruptive model change”. How have we found ourselves in a place where a significant advancement in our knowledge is […]
November 22, 2016

BLOCKCHAIN: could it offer MGAs the little ‘edge’ in the market that they need?

  Everyone has heard of blockchain. It’s the latest technology touted as revolutionary for insurance. Far fewer people, I expect, understand exactly what blockchain does, or how the mooted revolution will happen. Almost no one knows precisely how […]
November 16, 2016


  Pioneers of diversity and equality, such as Emmeline Pankhurst in the early 20th century and Martin Luther King in the 1960s, called for change based on moral principles. The impact of their campaigns over subsequent generations has […]