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Windstorm Niklas Was Costliest Non-U.S. Event in Q1 2015: Impact Forecasting

Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, released the latest edition of its monthly Global Catastrophe Recap report, which reviews the natural disaster events that occurred worldwide during March 2015. The report reveals that Windstorms Mike and Niklas swept …

QBE Returns to Profit During 2014 as North American Unit Improves

QBE Insurance Group Ltd., Australia’s second-largest insurer by market value, climbed the most in four years in Sydney stock trading as an improving North American business and lower provisions helped it return to profit. Net income in the year ended Dec. 31 …

Australian Tropical Cyclones Weaken After Destructive Winds Hit Coast

Two severe tropical cyclones that lashed Australia’s north and east coasts with destructive winds have been downgraded after hitting the mainland. No deaths or injuries have been reported in their wake. Cyclone Marcia has weakened two categories after crossing the …

Lloyd’s Appoints Mackinnon as General Representative in Australia

Lloyd’s, the specialist insurance and reinsurance market, has appointed Christopher Mackinnon as its new general representative in Australia. Mackinnon starts in early February and brings with him more than 21 years’ experience in the international insurance industry, having extensive knowledge …

Ironshore Australia Launches Marine Unit to Cover Fine Art, Specie, Cargo Classes

Ironshore Australia has entered the fine art, specie and cargo insurance sectors in Australia through the creation of a new marine unit. Ironshore’s team will focus on underwriting a range of both static and transit fine art risks for Australian-based …

Guy Carpenter Facilitates Launch of Multi-Peril Crop Insurance in Australia

Guy Carpenter & Co., LLC, a global risk and reinsurance specialist and member of Marsh & McLennan Cos. has facilitated the launch of a Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) product for Australian grain growers for the 2013 crop season. The product …

Services Trade Talks Begin as WTO Seeks Way out of Stalemate

Countries representing 70 percent of the global economy are set to negotiate lower barriers to trade in services after agreeing the structure of a deal, Australian Trade Minister Craig Emerson said in an interview. The push for a deal on …

Finaccord Analyzes Prof. Indemnity Insurance in Australia, Canada, So. Africa

New research, conducted by market research consultants Finaccord, reveals that “competition among underwriters of professional indemnity insurance in Australia and Canada is at least as strong as in Europe’s more developed markets while South Africa is likely to provide growth …

Best Affirms QBE Insurance Group ‘A’ Ratings; Outlook Stable

A.M. Best Europe – Rating Services Limited has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A’ (Excellent) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “a+” of UK-based QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited and Australia-based QBE Insurance (International) Limited, the key operating …

Swiss Re Report Analyzes Rise in Flood Losses – $15 Billion and Counting

A new report from Swiss Re underscores the fact the “insured flood losses have increased from $1–2 billion in 1970 to $15 billion in 2011, which it describes as an “alarming rate” while posing “unique challenges for the industry” as …