2017 catastrophes News

Widespread Market Firming Unlikely Even as Property Rates Rise: WTW

Commercial property insurers are seeking double-digit rate hikes on catastrophe-exposed insurance programs following 2017’s record catastrophes; however, abundant capacity in the form of traditional and alternative capital is likely to depress widespread market firming, according to global advisor Willis Towers …

Capital Markets Still Keen on ILS Investments Despite 2017 Disaster Claims: WTW

The insurance linked securities (ILS) sector is set for another year of growth as the market recovers from 2017’s natural disasters, replaces lost capital and investors show mounting interest in ILS products. These are the findings of the latest quarterly …

PERILS Raises Insured Loss Estimate for Germany-Austria’s Cyclone Herwart

PERILS AG has raised the loss estimate for windstorm Herwart which hit Austria and Germany on Oct. 29, 2017 to €255 million ($316.9 million). This compares to the initial loss estimate of €252 million ($313.2 million) which was issued on …

Insured Natural Disaster Losses in 2017 Were 38% of Economic Costs of $353B: Aon

Insured losses for last year’s 330 natural catastrophes reached US$134 billion, or 38 percent of their economic price tag of $353 billion, according to a report published by Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. The overall economic, or …

QBE Expects US$1.2B Loss in 2017 from ‘Unprecedented’ Natural Catastrophes

QBE announced to the market this week that it expects a US$1.2 billion after-tax loss in 2017 on “unprecedented” natural catastrophe claims. “This has been a challenging year for QBE, reflecting an unprecedented cost of catastrophes as well as the …

Insured Losses for Europe’s Storm Egon Finalized at $329.7M by PERILS

The final insured loss estimate for windstorm Egon, which primarily affected France and Germany on Jan. 12-13, 2017, is €275 million (329.7 million), according to PERILS AG, the independent Zurich-based company that provides industry-wide catastrophe insurance data. This final and …

Alternative Capital Responds to 2017 Catastrophes with ‘Show of Strength’: Aon Benfield

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria represented the first real test of the staying power of the alternative capital sector, which has responded with a show of strength by continuing to fund reinsurance capacity, according to a report published by Aon …

California Wildfires Top Arch Capital’s Q4 Catastrophe Losses of $60M-$75M

Arch Capital Group reports estimated pre-tax losses of $60 million to $75 million from fourth quarter catastrophic events, primarily the California wildfires. This estimated range of losses – net of reinsurance recoveries and reinstatement premiums – updates previous estimates from …

Insured Losses for Germany’s Cyclone Xavier Rise to US$391.5M: PERILS

The insured property market loss for Extratropical Cyclone Xavier, which affected Germany on Oct. 5, 2017, has risen to €325 million (US$391.5 million)., according to data released by PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry catastrophe insurance data. PERILS’ …

The Fine Art of Underwriting Through Soft & Slightly Harder Market Cycles

Twenty or so years ago, a London market marine underwriter declared he was going golfing one afternoon because he had reached his annual capacity level. That was an underwriting model commonly used in the Lloyd’s and London markets. Underwriters sat …