Researching the insurance market

While many other equity hedge fund managers were sitting at their desks in contemplation in the week after September 11, a Boston Partners' analyst was on a plane to Bermuda. He was instructed to find out which insurance companies could take a $20-30bn hit and which couldn't. Speed was also of the essence because a major insurance conference was due to take place on the island the following week and Boston wanted to get a jump on other speculators.

The move paid off and the group's long/short eq