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East Coast’s Insured Loss From Tropical Storm Fay to Tally Near $400 Million: KCC

The insured loss from Tropical Storm Fay will be close to $400 million, according to catastrophe risk modeling firm Karen Clark & Company (KCC). KCC said its estimate includes the privately insured wind and storm surge damage to residential, commercial …

Insurers Continue to Cover Beach Resorts Despite Spate of Caribbean Hurricanes

Frenchman’s Reef, the largest resort on St. Thomas, was smashed by Hurricane Irma, which breached roofs, caved in walls and felled trees across the oceanfront property. Two years later, the hotel remains closed as its owner quarrels with insurers over …

AIR Tracks Growth of Coastal Exposures Over Past Decade

The value of coastal exposures along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts have experienced a compound annual growth rate of about 4% over the past decade, according to catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide. AIR released its “Coastline at Risk” analysis …

Ghost of Harvey Looms Large as 2019 Hurricane Season Gets Underway

Compared with 2017, last year’s hurricane season was a relatively quiet one for the Gulf Coast states of Louisiana and Texas, with major U.S. storm systems such as Hurricanes Michael and Florence staying well to the east, impacting Florida and …

Insurers, Reinsurers Can Handle Hurricane Michael Losses: Fitch

The property/casualty re/insurance industry should be able to absorb the losses from Hurricane Michael, on top of losses from Hurricane Florence, as capital remains very strong, according to Fitch Ratings. Hurricane Michael will push 2018 closer to a more normal …

2017 Hurricane Season Ranks as Costliest Ever for U.S.

This year’s U.S. Atlantic hurricane season is officially the most expensive ever, racking up $202.6 billion in damages since the formal start on June 1. The costs tallied by disaster modelers Chuck Watson and Mark Johnson surpass anything they’ve seen …

Berkshire Insurance Units Take Q3 Hit from U.S. Hurricanes, Mexico Earthquake

Bad weather hurt Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in the third quarter, as insurance losses tied to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and an earthquake in Mexico contributed to a 43 percent drop in profit. Berkshire on Friday said it …

Hurricanes Drive Q3 Loss for Liberty Mutual But ‘Fundamentals Remain Healthy’

Liberty Mutual Holding Co. Inc. reported a net loss of $665 million for the three nine months ended September 30, 2017, versus net income of $455 million for the same period in 2016. The net loss in the quarter was …

AIG Reports Q3 Loss on Commercial Lines Reserve Boost, Catastrophe Losses

Highlighting the development as a “noteworthy item” in an earnings announcement Thursday night, American International Group reported prior-year loss reserve strengthening of $836 million before taxes, which contributed to a $1.7 billion bottom-line net loss (after taxes) for the third …

Not All Expect Hurricanes to Bring 2018 P/C Insurance Hard Market

The worst hurricane season in modern U.S. history is starting to look like a blip on the charts of insurance stocks, with investors banking on a quick restoration of capital as firms rediscover pricing power. It’s a fantasy, some analysts …