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Moody’s Acquisition Could Signal Shift in Pricing of Climate Risk: Viewpoint

The acquisition of California-based Four Twenty Seven, Inc., by Moody’s Corporation could signify the beginning of a major shift in how markets price risks related to climate change. Up until now, these risks largely have been absent from investors’ models, …

Insurer Innovation Comes Under the Rating Agency Microscope

Underway for some time now, the disruption of the insurance industry has moved into a new phase, following the announcement by A.M. Best that it may soon begin scoring insurers’ innovation efforts. Journalist Russ Banham spoke with ratings agencies, thought …

Moody’s, Israel’s Team8 to Offer Business Cyber Risk Benchmark for M&As, Insurance

Ratings agency Moody’s Corp. and Israeli cyber group Team8 launched on Thursday a joint venture to assess how vulnerable businesses are to cyber attacks and create what they hope will become a global benchmark. Cyber attacks are in focus after …

Fired Moody’s Executive Wins Back Paris Job, Gets $1.8 Million Payout

A Moody’s Corp. managing director fired for lashing out at a junior co-worker who criticized his team’s work won his Paris job back and a 1.6 million-euro ($1.8 million) payout. Moody’s France fired the managing director in March 2015 after …

Moody’s Says California Wildfire Losses Will Impact P/C Insurer, Reinsurer 4Q Earnings

Moody’s has released estimates showing property/casualty insurers and reinsurers total insured losses at $10 billion $15 billion from the California wildfires, which destroyed more than 20,000 residential and commercial structures, and damaged nearly 1,000 structures. Moody’s says it expects insured …

California Wildfire Insured Losses at Billions of Dollars and Climbing

An analysis by catastrophe modeler RMS shows 15 wildfires are burning more than 280,000 acres in California have collectively destroyed nearly 7,000 homes and businesses and killed 31 people. Roughly 300,000 have been evacuated, while 12,000 firefighters are working on …

Critics Say Bond Rating Agencies Ignore Municipalities’ Climate Risk

Last fall, after a trio of deadly hurricanes, ratings companies warned vulnerable coastal cities to get ready for climate change — or face higher borrowing costs on the $3.9 trillion municipal bond market. Climate advocates cheered, hoping the prospect of …

Moody’s Forms Stockholm Subsidiary to Prepare for Brexit

Credit ratings agency Moody’s is converting its Stockholm branch into a subsidiary as the sector faces regulatory pressure to have enough staff in the European Union post Brexit. Moody’s, one of the “Big Three” global agencies along with Standard & …

M&A Deals Likely to Become More Challenging as Sellers Seek High Deal Values

The current operating environment continues to prompt mergers & acquisitions (M&A) among insurers and reinsurers. However, the number of potential M&A candidates has declined and sellers’ expectations of high deal values could make future transactions more challenging, according to a …

Mexico Auto Thefts Surge in Ominous Trend for Insurers

Auto-theft rates in Mexico are rising at the fastest pace ever, and authorities are getting worse at tracking down the stolen cars. In March, the number of auto thefts rose 21 percent from the same month a year earlier, according …