Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Everest Re Looks To Surmount A More Competitive Environment

The talk in insurance and reinsurance these days is almost always about pricing. A lack of major catastrophes, higher retention rates from insurance companies, and an influx of new capital has led to a lot of money chasing the business that's out there, leading to double-digit declines in prices. Everest Re (NYSE:RE) seemed to withstand that in 2013, in part through new products and expanding outside peak areas.

Investors seem to doubt that the company will be able to keep up double-digit premium growth and double-digit returns on equity. It is probably true that the rate of premium increases in areas like workers comp has to slow, and likewise true that pricing will remain soft in reinsurance without...

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