Catastrophe News

RMS and Taiwan’s MSIG Mingtai Collaborate on Typhoon Risk Insights

RMS, the Newark, Calif.-based catastrophe risk management firm, has formed a technical collaboration with MSIG Mingtai Insurance Co. Ltd. to share industry information and insight about the local Taiwanese insurance market, as RMS develops a typhoon model for Taiwan. The …

Insurers Unlikely to Be Impaired by Claims From Tianjin Port Explosion: S&P

Insurers are unlikely to be impaired by the loss claims from the explosions in the Chinese Port of Tianjin last week, according to a report from Standard & Poor’s. “Based on our initial investigation, we expect most of the affected …

A.M. Best Places 2 Chinese Insurers’ Ratings Under Review After Tianjin Blast

As a result of losses resulting from the recent explosions at Tianjin port, A.M. Best has placed under review with negative implications the financial strength rating of two Chinese insurers, which have large exposures to the losses of their motor vehicle …

Port of Tianjin Blast Highlights Growth of Accumulation Risks: IUMI

The explosions that recently devastated the Port of Tianjin highlight the danger of accumulation risks – when a single event causes an exceptionally large group of related losses, said the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI). IUMI President Dieter Berg …

UPDATE: Tianjin Blast Claims Could Top Estimates, Strain Chinese Insurers

Insurance claims from the devastating explosions at the Chinese port of Tianjin last week could exceed initial estimates and strain the finances of regional insurers, credit ratings agency Fitch said on Tuesday. Credit Suisse analysts estimated that total insurance losses …

A.M. Best: Sanctions Removal to Attract Re/Insurers to Iranian Market

The lifting of trade restrictions placed on Iran may present significant opportunities for the Middle East and North African (MENA) re/insurance market, with European participants also expected to re-engage and seek a foothold in the country, according to research published …

San Andreas Movie: Facts Within Fiction

Released in late spring 2015, the movie San Andreas tells the story of massive earthquakes devastating California as a helicopter pilot and his (formerly estranged) wife try to find and rescue their daughter. Having defeated the likes of genetically engineered …

U.S. Power Grid Attack Could Cause $70 Billion in Insurance Losses: Lloyd’s Report

A cyber attack on the U.S. power grid in the Northeast would have far-reaching implications including the loss of lives, economic losses of as much as a trillion dollars, the disruption of water supplies and transportation, and potentially more than …

Amtrak Concedes to Liability in Philadelphia Train Derailment Cases

Amtrak said it will concede that it’s liable for most damages caused by the May 12 train derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers and injured dozens. The railroad acknowledged Friday in responses to two lawsuits that it won’t contest …

Willis Re Launches $400M Reinsurance Facility to Cover Catastrophic Liabilities

Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Group Holdings plc, has established a syndicated reinsurance facility providing the broadest protection available for insurers against catastrophic and systemic loss accumulations arising from liability portfolios. Named PRIMO, the facility responds to increasing …