Reinsurers News

Pandemic-Hit Re/insurers Expect a Costly Hurricane Season – and Rates Are Rising

The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season on Monday could signal more steep losses for insurers and reinsurers, already battered by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their underwriting and investment positions. However, recent years of hefty damage …

Reinsurers Will Fail to Earn Cost of Capital in 2020, Leading to More Rate Hikes: Fitch

Global reinsurers will fail to earn its cost of capital in 2020 amid the coronavirus crisis, which will help maintain price increases for the sector during the year ahead, said Fitch Ratings. Financial performance will be hit by mortality claims …

Complex Financial Products Aren’t the Solution to Climate Change or Pandemic: Opinion

Almost exactly four years ago the World Bank announced a pioneering project, the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, designed to develop a new insurance market and protect the world’s poorest countries against deadly disease. The PEF, as it’s known, was supposed …

Global Reinsurers See Robust Capital Growth of 15% in 2019: Willis Re

Total capital dedicated to the global reinsurance industry measured US$605 billion at year-end 2019, reflecting robust 15% year-on-year growth, according to Willis Re’s latest Reinsurance Market Report. This was primarily driven by 2019’s strong investment market performance and was achieved …

Aon Enhances Reinsurer E-Trading Portal to Support Remote Working During Pandemic

Aon plc, the global re/insurance broker, has enhanced its reinsurer trading portal, ABConnect Placements, to electronically bind treaty placements with Lloyd’s of London and International Underwriting Association (IUA) insurers. The new bind feature enables Lloyd’s and the London company markets …

Reinsurers ‘Smoothly’ Navigated April Renewals, Despite Working from Home: Willis Re

Reinsurers were able to complete the April renewals smoothly, despite being forced to move to the new working-from-home model after the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Willis Re. “The global reinsurance market has shown immediate resilience to operating under the challenge …

Fitch Revises Global Reinsurance Sector Outlook to Negative; Rating Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings announced a dimmer “sector outlook” for global reinsurers—changing it to negative from stable, pointing to increased concerns over COVID-19. Rating agencies like Fitch offer two types of outlooks for segments of the insurance and reinsurance markets—sector outlooks and …

P/C Insurers Score Low for Innovation, While Reinsurers Do Better: AM Best

In an initial test of its new innovation assessment scores, AM Best found that only 1 percent of rated property/casualty insurers merit scores high enough to categorize them as innovation leaders, according to a recent report. The special report, “AM …

Swiss Re 2019 Profit Hit by Natural Disasters, U.S. Casualty Claims

Reinsurer Swiss Re reported on Thursday a smaller-than-expected profit in 2019 due to claims for a series of man-made and natural disasters, as well as expenses for its U.S. casualty business, sending its shares lower. Net profit in the year …

January 2020 Reinsurance Renewals Varied Significantly, Brokers Say

The January 2020 reinsurance renewals saw significant variation in pricing and capacity depending on geography, line of business, cedents’ loss record and client relationships, according to two reports published by brokers Guy Carpenter and Willis Re. Indeed, the market demonstrated …