Munich Re News

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 – …

Europe’s Insurers, Pensions Seek Higher Yields via Infrastructure Investments

Europe’s pensions and insurers, seeking returns in infrastructure deals after asset purchases by the European Central Bank gutted yields on bonds, say they’re being crowded out again. Their frustration is directed at the European Investment Bank, a public lender tasked …

Next Insurance, Munich Re to Offer Coverage for Commercial Photographers

Next Insurance has partnered with Munich Re to launch a product targeting commercial photographers, who will be able to buy, renew and maintain policies online. According to a 2016 report by McKinsey & Co, the small commercial market has good …

Credit Guarantee & Investment Facility Signs Inaugural Treaty Led by Munich Re

The Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (CGIF)* announced it has executed its inaugural reinsurance treaty, with a panel of market leading private reinsurers, led by the specialist credit reinsurance team of Munich Re. This treaty, which incepted on Oct. 1, …

Rising Risks Could Cost Global Cities $1.17 Trillion of GDP in 2017: Cambridge Study

The costs of major shocks to the global economy from natural and manmade threats could put at risk $1.17 trillion of the total projected GDP of the world’s major cities in 2017, according to the findings of a report compiled …

Insurtech Startups Attract Growing List of Traditional Insurer Partners

Listening to Andrew Rear talk about insurers, you wouldn’t think he works for one that’s been around for 136 years. The 46-year-old head of Munich Re’s Digital Partners unit has said the industry is “one of the last bastions of …

Insurtech Startup Trov Launches in UK, Offering On-Demand Coverage

The on-demand economy, which uses smartphone technology to immediately fill consumer needs, has changed the way people order food, a car, or a place to stay. Now, technology startups are targeting the next business frontier – insurance – offering coverage …

Munich Re Partners with InsurTech Start-Up Wrisk

Insurtech company Wrisk Ltd., which was founded earlier this year, has entered into an agreement with Munich Re’s Digital Partners business unit. Under the agreement, Munich Re companies become the exclusive carrier for Wrisk’s business underwritten in UK, Europe and …

More Insurers Disclosing Climate Change Risks, Report Shows

Insurers in the U.S. are increasingly willing to disclose their risk management practices related to climate change, and that in part may be attributable to last year’s global accord in Paris and shifting attitudes in the business world on the …

Chinese Firms Enter Private Health Insurance Market for Growth Opportunities

Gaming firms, real-estate companies and drugmakers in China are chasing what they hope will be the country’s next hot commodity: private health insurance. At least 29 publicly traded Chinese companies have announced plans to invest in commercial insurance businesses since …