Reinsurers News

Europe’s Top Cedents Saw Cessions Jump by Double Digits in 2015: A.M. Best

Europe’s top cedents reported a double-digit hike in cessions for 2015 compared to the previous year. The trend stems from their taking advantage of cheap and bountiful reinsurance capacity, A.M. Best said in a new report. The continent’s 20 largest …

Ratings Agencies Expect Reinsurance Premiums to Continue Dropping in 2017

Reinsurance premiums are likely to continue to fall next year, ratings agencies said on Tuesday, following years of weaker prices due to competition in the sector and a lack of natural catastrophe losses. Reinsurers act as a financial backstop for …

Negative Reinsurance Sector Outlook Not Changing Anytime Soon: A.M. Best

A.M. Best said its outlook for the reinsurance sector remains negative due to a multitude of factors, and it will likely stay that way for quite some time. “Our rating outlook remains longer-term than our typical 12-18 months,” A.M. Best …

Reinsurers’ Profits in Danger of Falling Below Their Cost of Capital: S&P

Reinsurers’ profits will soon drop below their cost of capital* and could remain there until the underwriting and/or investment cycles turn, according to Standard & Poor’s in a new report. S&P attributed this pressure on profitability to a combination of …

Cat Bonds Match Traditional Reinsurers on Reliability Scale: S&P

Some traditional reinsurers have asserted that catastrophe bonds are unreliable in terms of paying claims after major events. A new Standard & Poor’s article rebukes that idea. “We have explored the claims payment history of cat bonds,” S&P said. “The …

Asian Regulatory Changes Could Hike Demand for Local Reinsurance: Fitch

Various regulatory initiatives in Asian markets could lead to greater demand for local reinsurance capacity as direct insurers rethink risk management strategies and appetite, according to a report published by Fitch Ratings. “Asian regulators have implemented – or are in …

Soft Prices May Bring Reinsurer Losses when Typical Cat Levels Return: Execs

It won’t take another Hurricane Katrina for reinsurers to face losses from covering the cost of storms and earthquakes. Competitors such as hedge funds have eroded prices so much that a typical year of claims could move the industry into …

Reinsurers’ Strong Enterprise Risk Management Key to Success – and Survival: S&P

The reinsurance sector’s focus on strong enterprise risk management (ERM) frameworks is helping them weather the many headwinds hitting both the asset and liability sides of their balance sheets, according to a report issued by S&P Global Ratings. These headwinds …

Reinsurers May Reassess Cat Exposures When Normal Claims Levels Return: S&P

Most global reinsurers have been able to maintain underwriting discipline despite the ongoing soft market, but there is a danger that their profits could be hit if the current benign period of natural catastrophes returns to normal levels, according to …

Greenlight Capital Re Reports Q2 Loss of $63M, in 5th Loss in 6 Quarters

Greenlight Capital Re Ltd., the reinsurer that counts on hedge fund manager David Einhorn to oversee investments, posted its fifth loss in six quarters as the portfolio slumped. The second-quarter net loss widened to $63 million, or $1.69 a share, …