Munich Re News

4 European Reinsurers Maintain Pricing Discipline in Tough Market: Fitch

The four largest European reinsurers – Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re and SCOR – have largely maintained pricing and policy terms without a significant drop in their business volumes, despite relentless soft market conditions, according to Fitch Ratings. Fitch …

Reinsurers Invest in Fintech Startups to Diversify and Grow in Soft Market

When Micah Carr-Hill wanted to insure Chief, the Labrador that helps with his son’s autism therapy, he found an ally in Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer. The German company had just teamed up with a U.K. internet startup to …

Report Calls out $361M of Euro Insurer Assets in Expanding Coal Concerns

A climate activist group is calling out a handful of European insurers for having significant holdings in fossil fuels despite pledges by the companies to be more climate friendly. A report released today alleges that Allianz, Generali, Munich Re, Swiss …

Natural Disaster Claims Drop 40% to $19.5B in 1st Half of 2017: Munich Re

Insurers paid out around $19.5 billion for natural disaster claims in the first half of 2017, almost 40 percent less than the year-earlier payout of $32 billion, reinsurer Munich Re said on Tuesday. In addition, some $21.5 billion of losses …

Grenfell Tower Insurer, Protector Forsikring, Raises Claims Estimate to $65M

The insurer of London’s Grenfell Tower, where at least 80 people died in a devastating fire, raised its estimate for property and liability insurance claims to 50 million pounds ($65 million) on Friday [July 7]. British police have said the …

Days of Cyber Insurers Avoiding Costly Claims May Be Numbered: Expert

Cyber crime insurers largely avoided costly claims from the recent attacks that hit business around the globe. The next global virus could change that. “It’s exceptionally likely that we will see an event over the next months that will seriously …

Norway’s Protector Forsikring Insured Grenfell Tower Fire; Price Tag Debated

Olso-based Protector Forsikring is the insurer of Grenfell Tower, the residential block that was destroyed last week by a raging fire that killed 79 people. “Based on the information we have as of now, the damage is estimated at more …

Brave New World: 1st Reinsurance Product Heads to the Blockchain

Second of Two Articles There has been a lot of press – and perhaps hype – about blockchain and its potential to revolutionize the industry’s processes and ultimately improve the customer experience. However, the efforts of the industry’s B3i initiative …

Munich Re, Aviva Ventures Invest in UK Connected Home Insurer Neos

Neos, a UK connected home insurer, announced last week it has secured a £5 million (roughly $6.4 million) series A investment led by Aviva Ventures together with strategic partner Munich Re. The strategic investment accelerates Neos’ growth as the UK’s …

Cyber Insurance Market Growing Slower Than Expected: Allianz

The tiny market for cyber insurance has been slower to develop than generally anticipated, a member of Allianz’s board said in an interview. The European market for cyber insurance currently has a premium volume of around 200 million euros ($224 …