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Reinsurance M&A Slows Amid Macroeconomic Risks, Higher Natural Disaster Claims

Mergers and acquisitions in the global reinsurance sector will be limited into 2023 amid investor concerns over macroeconomic risks and heightened catastrophe losses linked to climate change, according to Fitch Ratings. “We expect reinsurers to prioritise pricing, risk management and …

Insurers to Hike Private Market Investments; Environmental Focus Grows: BlackRock

GLASGOW / NEW YORK – Insurers plan to increase their allocations to private markets to 14% from 11% over the next two years in the hunt for yield, as they add more money to environmentally focused investment funds, BlackRock Inc …

Re/Insurers Need a Data Strategy to Build Underwriting Transformation Programs

Years of low interest rates and burgeoning catastrophe losses have accelerated the hardening of the reinsurance market, as the January 2021 renewals clearly demonstrated, and moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the “lower for longer” interest rate environment. Considering suboptimal …

Europe’s Insurers Expect Robust M&A Activity and Strong Earnings in 2021: Moody’s

Europe’s insurance industry is emerging from the coronavirus crisis with a stronger appetite for mergers and acquisitions (M&A), along with expectations for strong earnings growth in 2021, according to Moody’s annual survey of chief financial officers (CFOs) from 21 leading …

Reinsurers’ Investment Strategies Offer Buffer for Low Interest Rates, Pandemic: S&P

A decade of low interest rates and tough underwriting conditions has led reinsurers to cautiously invest in riskier and more illiquid assets to generate additional return. The good news is that this strategy also has helped reinsurers tolerate the economic …

Social Inflation, Low Interest Rates, Rising Catastrophes: Recipe for a Hard Market

Even before the coronavirus crisis hit, the re/insurance industry was in a period of significant rate hardening, which will likely continue over the next two years, or even longer, according to Munich Re. Such price increases became necessary after 10-plus …

Zurich Helps Firms Deal with Negative Interest Rates by Insuring Cash Parked in Vaults

In the Swiss canton of Zug, officials are going to extremes to avoid getting penalized by the world’s lowest interest rate. To minimize the amount of cash on hand that would get hit with a charge, Zug’s treasury postponed recouping …

Global Insurance Industry Set to Grow by 4.5% in 2017-2018: Munich Re

The global insurance industry is set to grow more strongly at 4.5 percent per annum on average (3.0 percent in real terms, or adjusted for inflation) during 2017 and 2018, according to Munich Re. While premium income is likely to …

Re/Insurers’ Fundamentals Begin to Erode in Challenge-Filled Market: A.M. Best

The ongoing pressures of diminishing investment returns, dwindling loss reserves and intense competition are beginning to erode industry fundamentals, cautioned A.M. Best in a special report titled “Insurers Hunt for Diminishing Opportunities in a Market Laden with Challenges.” “There is …

EU Needs Pan-European Pension Product to Cut Complexity, Costs: Regulator

The European Union needs a common pension product because existing long-term savings offerings are too complex and costly, the region’s industry regulator said. “There are too many products and people don’t really understand them,” Gabriel Bernardino, chairman of EIOPA, the …