Articles by Suzanne Barlyn, Carolyn Cohn and Noor Zainab Hussain

North-South Korea Tensions, Cyber Threats Worry Insurers of Olympics

If South Korea’s Winter Olympics go off without a hitch this month, organizers will not be alone in toasting success. Their insurers will also be celebrating a tidy profit. The Games are being staged about two hours’ drive from one …

UK Auto Insurer Direct Line Offers Tesla Drivers 5% Discount if They Use ‘Auto-Pilot’

Britain’s largest motor insurer Direct Line is offering Tesla Inc drivers in Britain a 5-percent discount for switching on the car’s autopilot system, seeking to encourage use of a system it hopes will cut down on accidents. The move – …

Puerto Rico Power Outage to Mean More Business Interruption Claims

Puerto Rico’s island-wide power outage will mean a surge in insurance claims for lost business income that will increase the already high cost of damage caused by Hurricane Maria, likely tipping some big reinsurers into the red this year, according …

Beazley Estimates $150M Earnings Hit From Hurricanes, Earthquakes

Lloyd’s of London insurer Beazley said on Friday it reckoned that its losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the Caribbean and southern United States and a series of earthquakes in Mexico would reduce its 2017 earnings by about …

Insurers Adapt Terrorism Policies with Loss of Attraction, Violent Acts, Other Coverages

The changing nature of attacks in Western cities has led insurers to offer new policies, from straightforward cover for business lost due to police cordons to more risky compensation for declines in tourism. Terrorism insurance policies were developed after the …

Forecasters Lower Matthew Loss Estimates

On Friday, a catastrophe modeling firm slashed its estimate for insurance losses from Hurricane Matthew on Friday, as the storm skirted Florida but failed to make landfall. Kinetic Analysis had estimated the insured losses on Thursday at $25 billion, but …

Could Hurricane Matthew’s Insured Losses Surpass Sandy’s?

A hurricane threatening the first direct hit on the United States in more than a decade could cause insurance losses of $25-30 billion and be the second costliest U.S. hurricane on record for insurers, according to initial industry estimates. Hurricane …

Deutsche Bank Sells Insurance Unit to Britain’s Phoenix Group

Deutsche Bank AG has sold its British insurance business Abbey Life to Phoenix Group Holdings as it sheds non-core assets and reduces its balance sheet in an effort to reassure anxious investors and meet regulators’ demands. Phoenix, Britain’s largest owner …

Beazley to Get EU Licenses for Irish Reinsurance Business – After Brexit Vote

Lloyd’s of London’s Beazley Plc is working to get European insurance licenses for its Irish reinsurance business to allow it to operate throughout the European Union, even if Lloyd’s loses access to the bloc. Insurers are making contingency plans after …

Motor Insurers Need to Adapt to Ward Off Competition from Car Manufacturers

As internet-connected and, eventually, driverless vehicles roll off production lines, traditional motor insurers need to adapt to ward off competition from car manufacturers. Insurers have struggled for years to make a profit from motor insurance due to intense competition and …