Reinsurance News

Best Places Gulf Re Under Review

A.M. Best has placed the financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating of “a-” of Gulf Reinsurance Limited (Gulf Re) (United Arab Emirates) under review with negative implications. The action follows an accepted appeal by Gulf …

Competitive Pressures Mount for Reinsurers

Reinsurers are being squeezed by price competition and subdued demand from insurers for their products, and traditional mergers may not be enough to save those that lack either global reach or specialized focus. Medium-sized, “me-too” reinsurers are ripe for consolidation, …

Reinsurance Rendez-Vous: Data Tools Help Identify Risks

Insurance companies are increasingly turning to “big data” from satellites, social media and even cigarette sales at gas stations to help identify risks and build up customer profiles, according to reinsurers attending the annual Monte Carlo Reinsurance Rendez-vous this week. …

Everyone Likes a Hard Insurance Market, Right?

What’s the big deal with a hard property/casualty insurance market? Everyone likes one, said Art Davis, president of Colony Specialty, a member of the Argo Group. “You make a lot of money, have good returns.” The problem is, Davis said …

W.R. Berkley Posts Q1 Gains But Cites ‘Painfully Competitive’ Reinsurance

For W.R. Berkley Corp., sobering results from its global reinsurance division were a blemish on an otherwise successful 2014 first quarter, during which the Greenwich, Conn.-based company enjoyed overall gains in net income, gross premiums written and returns on equity. …

Cat Bond Coverage Reaches Record $20 Billion: Aon Benfield ILS study

In its latest report Aon Benfield Securities, the investment banking division of global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor Aon Benfield, noted that the fourth quarter of 2014 continued to see more Insurance-Linked Securities [ILS]. Eight catastrophe bonds closed during the …

AmTrust Financial Refutes Negative Report, Says Future Has ‘Never Been Brighter’

AmTrust Financial Services Inc. (AFSI), a New York-headquartered insurer whose stock price fell last week in wake of a negative report from research firm GeoInvesting, is assuring investors its business is strong. The insurer described the negative report as “misleading …

Federal Insurance Office Releases Long-Awaited Modernization Report

After nearly two years of delay, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office (FIO) today released its report on how to modernize and improve the system of insurance regulation in the United States. In its report, the FIO …

Former Marsh CEO Duperreault in Group Buying SAC Capital Reinsurance Unit

Steven A. Cohen, the billionaire founder of SAC Capital Advisors LP, agreed to sell a reinsurer he formed in 2012 after the hedge fund firm reached a $1.8 billion deal to end a criminal investigation. A group led by former …

Reinsurer Arch to Help Freddie Mac Cover Mortgage Losses

Freddie Mac bought insurance covering a portion of losses on a pool of home loans from Arch Capital Group Ltd.’s Arch Reinsurance Ltd. unit, expanding risk- sharing efforts by the government-backed company. The policy will cover as much as $77.4 …