2017 catastrophes News

Reinsurance Sector’s Share of Hurricane, Quake Losses Is $20B-$25B: A.M. Best

Cumulative net catastrophe losses for reinsurance companies from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, along with the Mexico earthquakes, are between $20 billion-$25 billion out of an overall industry loss of $90 billion, according to calculations issued by A.M. Best. “We …

Insured Losses for Cyclone Xavier in Germany Estimated at $343.6M: PERILS

The initial estimate of the insured property market loss for Extratropical Cyclone Xavier, which primarily affected Germany on Oct. 5, 2017, is €291 million (US$343.6 million), according to PERILS, the independent Zurich-based organization that provides industry-wide catastrophe insurance data. In …

Hedge Funds Invest in Reinsurance Stocks on Expected Rate Hikes in 2018

Hedge funds bought reinsurance stocks in the third quarter after prices tumbled on widespread losses after multiple hurricanes in North America, filings showed on Wednesday. Hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean in August and September are expected to …

California Wildfires May Lead to $8B in Insured Losses: Aon Benfield

California’s historic wildfires may lead to as much as $8 billion in insured losses. That’s a record for insurers, according the October 2017 Global Catastrophe Recap from Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting. The surge in October wildfires killed at least 43 …

Allianz Cuts 2017 Profit Projection After Q3 Natural Catastrophe Claims

Allianz has slightly downgraded its profit outlook for the full year after increased claims from natural disasters in North America, the German insurance giant’s finance chief said. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, two earthquakes in Mexico, and fires in California …

Growing Climate Risks May Be ‘Impossible to Model’ – and Ultimately Uninsurable

After one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons in history, the world’s biggest insurers say the industry needs to get its act together if it wants to survive climate change. Insuring against weather natural disasters could reach unaffordable levels for …

Munich Re Reports Q3 Loss of $1.6B; Tallies Industry Hurricane Losses at $100B

Insured losses from three big hurricanes in North America this year have cost the industry around $100 billion, German reinsurance giant Munich Re said on Thursday. Damages from storms Harvey, Irma and Maria of that magnitude would exceed by far …

Hannover Re Sells Entire Stock Portfolio to Pay for Catastrophe Claims

For Hannover Re, the world’s third-biggest reinsurer, it’s time to take profits in the stock market. The German company said on Wednesday that it sold its entire stock portfolio, worth about 953 million euros ($1.1 billion), to help pay for …

Typhoon Damrey’s Vietnam Death Roll Rises; AIR Worldwide Comments

A powerful typhoon that rocked Vietnam has killed at least 44 people, left more than a dozen missing and caused extensive damage to the country’s south-central region ahead of a summit that will draw leaders from around the world, the …

Puerto Rico Bond Insurers’ Stocks Fall After ’60 Minutes’ Episode on Hurricane Maria

Shares of three major bond insurance firms with exposure to Puerto Rico fell on Monday after a “60 Minutes” episode aired on Sunday highlighted the extensive damage wreaked on the island by Hurricane Maria. Andrew Gadlin, a research analyst at …