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Remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo Bring Rain, Wind to Europe

The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo battered Ireland and the United Kingdom with locally damaging winds and downpours on Monday night and Tuesday. Widespread wind gusts of 65 to 90 kph (40 to 55 mph) were reported across Ireland and the …

Record Aviation Claims Driving Up Premiums

Insurers worldwide are going to have to pay up to a record $800 million to cover the damage done by attacks on airplanes this year, driving prices up and drawing rivals into the market. The hefty bill dwarfs the $60-$90 …

Aon Benfield Launches Arabian Earthquake Model

Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development unit, launched a catastrophe model to estimate the financial impact of earthquakes in the Arabian Peninsula. The demand for catastrophe modeling in the countries of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is increasing as a …

Hardy Promotes Wright in Asia; Hires Bond and Osorio in London

Hardy Underwriting Asia Pte Ltd (Hardy Asia), a subsidiary of CNA Financial Corporation, has promoted Chris Wright as director and principal officer for Hardy Asia. (Hardy is a specialist underwriting business operating within Lloyd’s of London.) In this role, Chris will …

Guidance on EU Rules Created for Audit, Risk Committees

The Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) and the European Confederation of Institutes of Internal Auditing (ECIIA) have responded to increased EU requirements for more corporate transparency with a new joint guidance document on the 8th Company Law Directive. Audit …

Hannover Re Sees Storm Losses Stabilizing Reinsurance Prices in Germany

Hannover Re, the world’s third- largest reinsurer, expects more than 5 billion euros ($6.4 billion) in losses from two storms to sustain prices for coverage in Germany. “Heavy loss expenditures, especially in connection with the June storm Ela as well …

Litmus: More Bearish Ratings Expected for Reinsurance Sector

Since January the rating agencies have become increasingly negative on their outlook for ratings in the  reinsurance sector overall, while in practice affirming or even increasing individual reinsurer* ratings. Standard and Poor’s move to take Lloyd’s rating outlook down from …

S&P: Global Multiline Insurers’ Credit Quality to Stay Strong in 2015

Global multiline insurers (GMI) continue to show strong credit quality, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. S&P provided an overview of the GMI sector in an article titled “Global Multiline Insurers’ Diversity and Capitalization Will Remain Key Rating Strengths …

Swiss Re Says Industry Won’t Repeat Past Mistakes

Swiss Re Ltd., the world’s second- largest reinsurer, said better models and oversight will prevent substantial losses as the industry struggles with a price slump. “Earnings in the reinsurance industry are under pressure and that won’t change unless we see …

Brokers Willis Group, Miller Talk Merger of Wholesale Brands

Willis Group Holdings and Miller Insurance Services LLP are engaged in talks to merge their wholesale insurance businesses. The resulting wholesale brokerage firm would trade under the Miller brand, governed and regulated as a standalone legal entity and separate Lloyd’s …

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