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UK’s Aviva Buys Remaining 50% Share in Vietnam Joint Venture

Aviva plc has acquired VietinBank’s entire 50 percent shareholding in its life insurance joint venture VietinBank Aviva Life Insurance Ltd. Aviva also has signed a new distribution agreement with VietinBank to sell life and health insurance products through VietinBank’s network …

April 1 Renewals Saw ‘Disciplined Softening’ with Ample Capacity: Aon & Willis Re

With abundant capacity, aggressive capital market competition and acceptable returns for global reinsurers, it’s no wonder that the elusive bottom of soft market pricing was not evident at the April 1 renewals. During 2016, global reinsurers generated “an acceptable, though …

Lloyd’s Begins Operating in India with MS Amlin as 1st Underwriter

Lloyd’s, the specialist insurance and reinsurance market, announced it has begun to operate in India with MS Amlin as the first Lloyd’s business to join the branch and begin underwriting. Lloyd’s India will act as a domestic reinsurance branch of …

RMS Launches Agricultural Risk Models for India and China

RMS, the Newark, Calif.-based catastrophe risk management firm, has added agricultural risk models for India and China to its line of emerging risks models, and plans to expand coverage across Asia-Pacific and the Americas. The addition of the models is …

Africa’s Disaster Resilience Is Focus of New African Risk Capacity Partnership

The African Risk Capacity (ARC) has teamed up with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to help African nations strengthen their resilience to weather-related risks. The ARC and the AfDB will work together to develop their member states’ understanding of the …

Cost of Insurance Is Top Factor in UK SMEs’ Buying Decisions: RSA Survey

The cost of insurance premiums was ranked as the top deciding factor when picking a policy by 61 percent of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), according to survey data released by London-based RSA Insurance. This was followed closely by brokers’ …

Re/Insurers Can Help Bridge Protection Gap with Technology: GA Report

Digital technologies can be harnessed by the re/insurance industry to narrow insurance protection gaps in developing and emerging markets, thereby improving societal resilience after natural disasters, according to a report published by the Geneva Association. However, the protection gap problem …

Is Soft Market Bottoming? A.M. Best Points to Some Promising Signs

Some observers believe the bottom of the reinsurance market may be in sight because brokers are having greater difficulty filling out underpriced programs and further concessions in terms are difficult to obtain, according to a report published by A.M. Best. …

Decline in Reinsurance Prices Slowed at January Renewal: Carpenter

Reinsurance pricing continued trending downward at the Jan. 1, 2017 renewal — across most classes of business and geographies, but the pace of that decline is slowing, according to Guy Carpenter & Co. Although several sectors experienced increased loss activity, …

Global Natural Catastrophes Cost Insurers $50B in 2016: Munich Re

Insurers paid out around $50 billion for natural disaster claims last year, almost double 2015’s payout of $27 billion, reinsurer Munich Re said in its annual natural catastrophe review on Wednesday. Earthquakes in Japan and devastating floods in China – …