Munich Re News

Update: Buffett Cuts Munich Re Shareholding, Responds to Reinsurance Slump

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has cut its stake in Munich Re after lamenting a slump in the reinsurance business. Berkshire’s holding was lowered to 9.7 percent from about 12 percent, Munich Re said in a statement Tuesday, citing a …

Munich Re, Marsh Introduce Pharma Coverage for Regulatory Actions

Munich Re and Marsh & McLennan Cos., the largest insurance broker by market value, introduced a product to insure U.S. pharmaceutical companies against regulatory actions that could cause them to suspend manufacturing. The product would cover as much as $10 …

Marsh, Munich Re Launch Non-Damage Business Interruption Coverage for Life Sciences

Marsh and Munich Re have launched non-damage business interruption insurance (NDBI) product that combines risk transfer and consulting services to assist life sciences companies in managing the impact of regulatory actions imposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). …

Governments Must Act to Cap Global Warming at UN Summit: Reinsurers

Politicians must act to cap global warming when they meet at a United Nations summit at the end of the year as the financial and humanitarian consequences of natural catastrophes become ever clearer, reinsurers meeting at an industry conference said. The $600 …

Massive California Blazes, And It’s Not Even Official Wildfire Season Yet

A pair of massive blazes in the Northern California are a bleak reminder of how bad things can get in a state with persistent drought and windy conditions. A more worrisome thought is California’s official wildfire season has yet to …

Reinsurers Seek New Markets, Underinsured Risks to Ease Price Pressures

Major reinsurers like Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re are looking to new markets and selling more cover to existing clients to ease price pressures after several years of falls, they said at their annual meeting in Monte Carlo this week. “I believe that …

Reinsurers Expect Continued Downward Pressure on Pricing During 2016

The world’s largest reinsurers and brokers see little relief in pricing in 2016 amid a relentless influx of alternative capital from pension funds and one of the past decade’s quietest years for catastrophe losses. Rates for property-and-casualty reinsurance are expected to show …

Munich Re Q2 Net Income Rises to $1.14 Billion on Lower Catastrophe Claims

Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer, raised its full-year profit target after net income beat analyst estimates on lower catastrophe claims. The shares rose. Net income rose to 1.07 billion euros [$1.14 billion] in the second quarter from 758 million …

Munich Re Launches Inland Flood Insurance Product for U.S. Homeowners

Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. has launched a new personal lines inland flood insurance product designed to provide more options for homeowners in low-to-moderate-hazard flood zones. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), flood is the most common natural disaster …

Global Insured Cat Losses in First Half Are Below Long-Term Average: Munich Re

Overall losses and insured losses from natural catastrophes during the first half of 2015 were below long-term average values, according to a review of global natural catastrophes issued by Munich Re. Total natural catastrophe losses incurred in the first half …