QBE

Strong GWP growth, excellent underwriting outcomes, and the big one, the quadrupling in exit run rate for the investment portfolio.

For us, QBE has been, firstly, a play on rising interest rates, with the added tailwind of a global insurance hardening cycle, and secondly, a redemption story, in which improved underwriting would lead to higher, more consistent profits, after years of patchy, irregular performance.

Warren (of Omaha fame) would tell us the underwriting outcomes are the one’s that matter. The investment income (returns to float) are the cherry on top. And with yields now vastly higher, that will be quite the cherry, moving forwards.

In turn, that would lead to a share price rerate, which appears (more or less) underway.

That looks set to continue, and we are happy holders.

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