Reinsurers News

Soft Reinsurance Prices to Continue Until Year-End – at Least: Fitch

The soft pricing in the global reinsurance market will continue, at least, for the rest of the year, Fitch Ratings says. Fitch expects premium rates to continue declining as a result of large amounts of under-deployed capital and sluggish demand …

ILS Market Continues Growth Trend in Q1 2017: Willis Towers Watson

Non-life insurance-linked securities (ILS) capital grew again in Q1 2017, continuing the trend from 2016, according to the latest ILS Market Update from Willis Towers Watson Securities, the investment banking business of Willis Towers Watson. Following a strong Q4 2016, …

Hamilton Re to Buy Canopius’ Excess Casualty Renewal Rights

Hamilton Re, the Bermuda-based platform of Hamilton Insurance Group, announced it has agreed to acquire the renewal rights to Canopius Underwriting Bermuda Ltd.’s excess casualty insurance book of business. The transaction is expected to close mid-year. In addition, Sompo Canopius …

Solvency II Drives Demand for Reinsurance During 1/1 Renewals: Fitch

The January renewals period show that Solvency II will increase demand for reinsurance products as European insurers attempt to strengthen their capital position through risk transfers, Fitch Ratings said. The main beneficiaries are likely to be the financially strongest reinsurers …

Munich Re Q4 Earnings Drop to 500M Euros ($530M) on Nat Cat Claims

Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer, reported a bigger-than-expected drop in fourth-quarter earnings as claims from natural disasters rose while prices continue to fall. Net income declined to about 500 million euros ($530 million) from about 700 million euros a year …

Cat Simulations Test London Insurers’ Vulnerabilities to Next ‘Big One’

A major $200 billion loss from a combination of a cyber attack, U.S. hurricane and the failure of a reinsurer could strip insurers of up to 120 percent of their net capital base, tests of insurers in London showed. However, capital-raising or asset …

Lloyd’s to Open India Branch Ahead of April Renewals

Lloyd’s, the specialist insurance and reinsurance market, announced plans to open a reinsurance branch in India, in time for the April major reinsurance renewals, following final regulatory approval from the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India (IRDAI). This will enable …

Global Marine Insurers Develop Coverage Options for Iran Oil Exports

Global shipping insurers have devised a way to ensure nearly full coverage for Iranian oil exports from next month after striking a deal to provide cover without involving U.S.-domiciled reinsurers, officials in Tokyo and London said. Restrictions on U.S. firms …

Reinsurance Capacity Still Outpaces Demand Growth: Aon Benfield

Capacity continues to outpace the growth of reinsurance demand despite insurers’ continued efforts to optimize their view of reinsurance as capital and expand into growing lines of business and innovation, according to a report published by Aon Benfield. The report …

Is Soft Market Bottoming? A.M. Best Points to Some Promising Signs

Some observers believe the bottom of the reinsurance market may be in sight because brokers are having greater difficulty filling out underpriced programs and further concessions in terms are difficult to obtain, according to a report published by A.M. Best. …