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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 …

Study: Bike Helmets Lower Risk of Brain Injuries, Death

Despite some criticism of bike helmets for not being protective enough, they do cut the risk of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) by half when riders suffer a head injury, a U.S. study suggests. Riders with helmets were also less …

Americans Put Too Much Faith in Homeowners Insurance

Too few Americans take steps to prepare for disasters and too many assume their home insurance policies will bail them out if one strikes. As disaster season peaks, a new national consumer survey commissioned by Trusted Choice and the Independent …

Natural Catastrophes Drive Global Insured Losses to $31B in H1: Swiss Re’s Sigma

Global insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters during the first half of 2016 reached US$31 billion, or 44 percent of total economic losses of US$71 billion, according to a report issued by Swiss Re’s sigma. The economic loss total …

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 …

Just 2% of China’s July Floods Covered by Insurance, vs. Nearly 70% in U.S.: Aon

China’s seasonal “Mei-Yu” rainfall in July led to the worst flooding since 1998, bringing total combined economic losses of an estimated US$33 billion, according to a report published by Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. Affecting the Yangtze …

Agent-Broker Organic Growth Slows to 5-Year Low: Reagan Consulting

Organic revenue growth in independent insurance agencies and brokerage fell to 4.0 percent for the second quarter of 2016, down sharply from 5.9 percent for the second quarter of 2015, and the lowest rate since 2011, as measured by the …

Captive Insurers in Strong Position: A.M. Best

Captive insurance companies rated by A.M. Best ended 2015 in strong form, recording pretax operating income of $1.4 billion, a 13.5 percent increase over 2014, according to a new A.M. Best special report. The Best Special Report, titled, “U.S. Captive …

Mutual Insurers Regain Some Global Market Share, but Threats Remain: Swiss Re

Mutual insurance companies have gained back some of the global market share they lost due to demutualizations in recent years. Those gains are threatened, however, by new financial regulations, changes in corporate governance and new technology, Swiss Re said in …

$880 Billion of Homes in Danger of Being Underwater, Literally

When talking about housing, “underwater” usually means you owe more on a mortgage than the home is actually worth. If climate change continues apace, that term could take on a much more literal meaning. Rising sea levels could soak homeowners for $882 billion, according to …