Reinsurers News

India Refinery Cancels Iran Oil Imports to Keep Insurance Cover as Sanctions Loom

India’s Chennai Petroleum will stop processing Iranian crude oil from October to keep its insurance coverage once new sanctions by the United States against Iran go into effect, three sources familiar with the issue said. Iran’s Naftiran Intertrade Co. Ltd., …

GC Genesis, Guy Carpenter’s Insurer-Insurtech Matchmaker, Aims to Prevent Bad Relationships

Insurtech is often touted as the cure that will solve the insurance industry’s inefficient and antiquated processes – from distribution, to underwriting, to claims. While many insurers want to investigate the benefits of insurtech partnerships, most don’t have the first …

Bermuda Market to Stay Key Reinsurance Hub Despite U.S. Tax Reform: A.M. Best

Bermuda will continue to be a key international hub for reinsurance despite being challenged in recent years, most recently by tax reform in the United States, which fundamentally changed how multinational entities are taxed. How the territory’s market has responded …

Munich Re to Stop Investing in Coal-Related Business, Insuring New Coal-Fired Plants

Munich Re, the world’s biggest reinsurer, will stop investing in bonds and shares of companies that generate more than 30 percent of their sales with coal-related business, its chief executive said, caving to pressure from investors. “In the individual risk …

Swiss Re Weighs IPO for UK Closed-Bood Business; Pricing Pressures Hit Earnings

Pricing pressure in the reinsurance industry weighed on Swiss Re’s first-half earnings, overshadowing a drop in natural-catastrophe claims. The company said it’s exploring an initial public offering for its U.K. closed-book business. Swiss Re’s net income fell to $1 billion …

S&P Probes If Reinsurers Are Ready for Another Year of Active Natural Disasters

After global insured natural catastrophe losses hit record highs in 2017, will reinsurers be able to withstand another year of active natural catastrophes? S&P Global Ratings indicates that while reinsurers are entering this year’s hurricane season with robust earnings and …

India’s HPCL Cancels Iran Oil Purchase After Insurer Refuses to Provide Cover: Sources

India’s Hindustan Petroleum Corp. (HPCL) canceled the purchase of an Iranian oil cargo earlier this month after its insurance company refused to provide coverage for the crude because of U.S. sanctions, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. HPCL, …

Qatar Re Ceases Writing Business from Singapore Branch Office

Qatar Reinsurance Co. Ltd. has announced that, with effect from 20 July 2018, it has ceased writing new and renewal business from its branch office in Singapore. The company will work closely with its Singapore-based staff, its clients and broking …

Reinsurers, Insurtech Startups Increasingly Seek Mutually Beneficial Partnerships

Reinsurance companies increasingly are funding insurtech startups in order to structure more innovative products and improve their business efficiencies, but how much impact on the industry will these investments have? There are a number of reasons reinsurers are getting involved …

Momentum for Rate Hikes Dissipates During June/July Renewals: Willis Re Report

Momentum for rate increases on loss-free reinsurance accounts dissipated during the June/July property catastrophe renewals, and in some cases, pricing declined, according to a report published by Willis Re. For example, although most loss-free Florida property accounts were flat, some …