Munich Re News

Allianz Q1 Profit Rises 21% to $2.5B, Helped by Gains from Selling Investments

Allianz SE said first-quarter profit surged 21 percent, beating analysts’ estimates, as Europe’s biggest insurer was helped by gains from selling investments. The shares rose. Net income climbed to 2.2 billion euros ($2.5 billion) from 1.8 billion euros [$2.1 billion] …

HSB BI&I of Canada Offers Equipment Breakdown Cover for Microelectronics

The Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company of Canada (HSB BI&I), part of Munich Re, announced the introduction of TechAdvantage™, its new standard equipment breakdown policy. The company said it is the first equipment breakdown insurance product covering undetectable physical damage …

Munich Re Issues First Quarter Profit Warning on Lower Equity Investments

Munich Re, the world’s second-biggest reinsurer, fell the most since August 2013 after saying first-quarter profit will be lower than it previously expected. Earnings for the quarter will also be lower than a year earlier after market turmoil caused the …

Global Financial Leaders Warn About Dangers of Negative Interest Rates

The chorus of global financial leaders warning about the fallout from negative interest rates is getting bigger. Nobuyuki Hirano, president of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc., lambasted the Bank of Japan’s negative rates last week for putting banking stability at …

Beazley & Munich Re to Offer Broad Cyber Cover for Large Global Companies

Beazley, a pioneer in data breach response insurance and the largest insurer of cyber liability risks in the Lloyd’s market, has partnered with the Corporate Insurance Partner unit of Munich Re to offer broad protection for the digital assets and …

Update: Munich Re Counters Negative Interest Rates by Boosting Cash Reserves

German reinsurer Munich Re is boosting its cash reserves in the face of the punishing negative interest rates from the European Central Bank, it said on Wednesday. The world’s largest reinsurer is far from alone in seeking alternative investment strategies to counter the near-zero or …

Munich Re Expects Profit Drop in 2016 on Soft Market, Low Interest Rates

Munich Re, the world’s second-biggest reinsurer, expects profit to decline this year as falling prices for its products and low interest rates weigh on investment earnings. The company plans to repurchase 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) of stock before its …

Munich Re Names Wenning as CEO to Succeed von Bomhard in April 2017

Munich Re, the world’s second-biggest reinsurer, named Joachim Wenning to succeed Chief Executive Officer Nikolaus von Bomhard as the industry struggles to maintain earnings amid low interest rates and falling prices. Wenning, 51, will take over the top post on April …

UK’s Pool Re Renews Reinsurance Cover for Another 3 Years

Pool Re announced it has renewed the reinsurance cover purchased in 2015, for a further three years. The renewed cover, which now includes an additional layer, provides £1.95 billion ($2.8 billion) of commercial reinsurance compared with £1.8 billion ($2.6 billion) …

Reinsurers’ Loss Reserves Dwindle While Rates Continue to Drop: Allianz Re CEO

Reinsurers are running out of claims reserves that they can release to boost profits as pricing continues to fall, according to the head of Allianz SE’s reinsurance unit. “I don’t think there are too many loss reserves left and the natural-catastrophe …