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Reinsurance Cycle Is Not Dead Yet so Buyers Need to Put It to Good Use: JLT Re

Despite proclamations by some observers that the reinsurance cycle is dead, JLT Re says, reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated – and now is the time for buyers to use the cycle, and reinsurance, to their advantage. Rates are …

Growth of China’s Shadow Banking Hikes Financial Risks for Banks, Insurers: Moody’s

Shadow banking activity in China has expanded further and now accounts for nearly a third of the total banking sector assets, raising financial risks in the world’s second-largest economy, rating agency Moody’s Investor Service said on Wednesday. Shadow banking assets …

P/C Insurers Face Tough Sledding in 2016, Warns S&P

This year could be a tough one for U.S. property/casualty insurers as catastrophe losses, private passenger insurance woes and declining bond yields erode underwriting results and profitability, according to a report by S&P Global Market Intelligence. The firm’s 2016 U.S. …

How Brexit Raises Risk of Financial Instability for U.S.

The U.S. financial system faces greater potential instability due to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union while low and negative interest rates also raise risks, a U.S. government monitor said on Monday. In its biannual update on U.S. stability, …

Lloyd’s Has Potentially Large Exposure to Catastrophic Cyber Attack: Adsensa Review

A review of almost 400 reinsurance contracts underwritten at Lloyd’s of London has revealed potentially significant vulnerabilities and exposures if a catastrophic cyber attack should occur. Analysis of 392 property and casualty reinsurance policies underwritten by a trio of reinsurers …

Cyber Attacks on Financial Firms Up; Ransomware Attacks Way Up: Beazley

Financial institutions including small banks and credit unions faced a huge spike in the number of hacking and malware attacks during the first six months of 2016, specialty insurer Beazley found in a new report. The level of hacks in …

Uptick in Lawyers’ Liability Claims; Business Transactions Top Claim: Study

Law firms have seen an increase in the frequency of malpractice claims, which are becoming more costly to defend and could cause lasting reputational damage, according to a new study by insurance broker Ames & Gough. The study found that …

Global Insured Losses Hit $30B in 1H 2016, 30% of Economic Losses: Aon Benfield

Preliminary global economic losses reached US$98 billion during the first half of 2016, while global insured losses hit US$30 billion – their highest levels since 2011, according to Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. These losses – economic …

Risk Managers Fear Cyber and Liability Risks of Autonomous Vehicles: Survey

Cybersecurity is the biggest concern for companies evaluating risk in the nascent self-driving vehicle industry, according to a survey conducted by Munich Re. The world’s second-biggest reinsurer found that 55 percent of corporate risk managers surveyed named cybersecurity as their …

Internet of Things Is Industry Disruptor that Could Benefit Innovators: Efma Report

The steady advance of the internet of things (IoT) presents a huge number of opportunities for insurers – as well as threats, according to a digest published by Efma*. The rise in connected homes, connected cars and the use of …