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Energy Insurers Become Latest Casualty of Oil Slump as Projects Are Postponed

The insurance industry is becoming the latest casualty of the oil price slump, with postponements and cancellations of energy projects forcing down premium rates and income in a market that was already crowded. Insurers forecast income could dive by 20 percent or …

Europe’s Banks Increased Infrastructure Investments Erodes Insurers’ Returns

The return of banks into the European infrastructure market is denting insurers’ ability to enhance their investment returns by funding the roads, bridges and wind farms of tomorrow. European politicians have encouraged insurers to channel more of their €10 trillion …

Best Maintains Negative Outlook on Global Reinsurance Sector

A.M. Best announced that it is holding to “its 2016 outlook for the global reinsurance sector at negative, citing the significant ongoing market challenges that will hinder the potential for positive rating actions over time and may eventually translate into …

Arch Capital’s Investment Analyst Whitney to Review Private-Equity, Hedge Funds

Meredith Whitney, the former banking analyst hired by Arch Capital Group Ltd. to help oversee the insurer’s stock portfolio, will also work with the company’s investment team to review possible alternative investments, which can include hedge funds and private equity. …

Swiss Re Confirms ‘Four Pillar’ Strategic Framework for Continued Growth

Swiss Re, at its annual Investors’ Day Conference, unveiled its strategic framework to “position the company strongly vis-à-vis current and future opportunities and challenges facing the re/insurance industry.” The world’s second largest reinsurer said it would stress “systematic and fast …

Emerging Markets Are Growth Engines for Re/Insurance Industry: Swiss Re Report 

The global economy is expected to strengthen moderately next year, which will support insurance premium growth in most regions, according to Swiss Re’s latest publication titled “Global insurance review 2015 and outlook 2016/17.” Demand for non-life insurance is expected to …

German Advisers Warn Europe’s Low Interest Rate Policies Risk Financial Stability

The German government’s panel of economic advisers said on Wednesday the European Central Bank’s low interest rates were creating substantial risks, and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned of a “moral hazard” from loose monetary policy. The double-barreled message came after …

A.M. Best: Europe Insurance Market Begins Recovery; Life Sector Drives Growth

Europe’s largest insurance markets have continued to show some signs of recovery, with many experiencing top-line growth, driven by the life sector, according to a new report by A.M. Best. In general, the increases in total gross written premium (GWP) come …

Best Affirms Munich Re and Subs Ratings; Outlook Stable

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating of ‘A+’ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings of “aa-” of Munich Reinsurance Company and its subsidiaries. Best has also affirmed the “issue ratings” of Munich Re, as well as the ICR …

PwC Concludes South African Insurers Seeking Technology Partnerships

South Africa’s biggest insurers are considering technology and telecommunications partnerships as they seek ways to improve earnings to counter increased competition and a slowing economy, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC. “There are a few tie-ups being worked on,” Victor Muguto, PwC’s …