Articles by Susanne Sclafane

Mutual Insurer Trade Group NAMIC’s CEO Chamness to Retire

The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies announced that Charles Chamness, the chief executive officer of the organization, is retiring from the post he held for nearly 17 years. The official announcement came this week on the final day of …

Loss Creep Spells End to Soft Reinsurance Market: Guy Carpenter

Extended development from North American hurricane losses and losses from non-peak perils like California wildfires have finally jolted reinsurers out of a soft reinsurance market, according to a report from reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter. The report titled “The Changing Nature …

Buffett Has Eyes on Competitor Progressive, Not Car Makers Entering Insurance

Berkshire Hathaway Chair Warren Buffett said he isn’t worried about recent assertions by Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk that the electric car maker could offer a more compelling insurance product than traditional auto insurers. “The success of the auto companies …

Berkshire P/C Insurance Reported Q4 Loss, Profit for Full Year 2018

In the conglomerate’s annual report published on Saturday, Berkshire Hathaway’s Chair Warren Buffett recommended that readers focus on operating earnings, reviewing a year in which insurance operations contributed $6.1 billion to a $24.8 billion total. While total operating income rose …

CoverWallet Opens Its Tech Platform, Carriers to Independent Agents

“We give you a login and password, and then every time that you talk to a customer, you can use our platform to sell faster, simpler, quicker,” said CoverWallet CEO Inaki Berenguer, referring to insurance agents he hopes will use …

Small Business Insurtech CoverWallet Expands to Offer Its Tech, Markets Access to Agents

CoverWallet, a technology company that has been on a mission to “reinvent insurance for small business” customers, is now offering its platform for insurance agencies, the company revealed today. With 16 agencies already using the platform, another 100 are on …

Can Commercial Auto Insurers Get to Profit Before Autonomous Vehicles Arrive?

Commercial auto insurance hasn’t produced an industrywide combined ratio below 105 in the United States since 2010, according to a Guy Carpenter analysis, which says the line’s poor performance is a key factor in overall property/casualty underwriting results. “It is …

Can Commercial Auto Insurers Get to Profit Before Autonomous Vehicles Arrive?

Commercial auto insurance hasn’t produced an industrywide combined ratio below 105 in the United States since 2010, according to a Guy Carpenter analysis, which says the line’s poor performance is a key factor in overall property/casualty underwriting results. “It is …

Aspen’s Restructuring Continues – To Improve Results, Preserve Shareholder Value

The chief executive of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited described business changes to Aspen’s Lloyd’s insurance book last week, while neither unequivocally confirming or denying rumors that a deal to sell the entire company is imminent. “We have a very good …

As Underwriting Pain Increases, Insurers Pull Back from Underperforming Lines

News that Lloyd’s is undergoing a strategic review of its operations may be part of a larger industrywide phenomenon—reality is setting in and underwriting pain is increasing, an industry executive said last week. Markel Corp. Co-Chief Executive Officer Richie Whitt …