Reinsurers News

Alternative Capital Responds to 2017 Catastrophes with ‘Show of Strength’: Aon Benfield

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria represented the first real test of the staying power of the alternative capital sector, which has responded with a show of strength by continuing to fund reinsurance capacity, according to a report published by Aon …

The Fine Art of Underwriting Through Soft & Slightly Harder Market Cycles

Twenty or so years ago, a London market marine underwriter declared he was going golfing one afternoon because he had reached his annual capacity level. That was an underwriting model commonly used in the Lloyd’s and London markets. Underwriters sat …

Reinsurance Price Hikes May Be Short-Lived as Capacity Is Abundant

While overall market conditions may improve over the near term as a result of catastrophe events in the third quarter of 2017, A.M. Best continues to hold a negative outlook for the global reinsurance sector in 2018. In a new …

Validus Names Driscoll, Bilsby & Zeng to Lead New Reportable Divisions

Validus Holdings Ltd. has announced three senior leadership appointments as a result of a structural change for the company that creates three, new reportable divisions: Reinsurance, Insurance and Asset Management. Kean Driscoll was named global head of Reinsurance, in addition …

Australia’s IAG Forms Capital-Releasing Deals with Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re

Insurance Australia Group Ltd. said on Friday it will share 12.5 percent of its premiums and costs with Munich Re, Swiss Re and Hannover Re, in a series of deals that will release capital for Australia’s biggest general insurer. The …

Reinsurance Sector’s Share of Hurricane, Quake Losses Is $20B-$25B: A.M. Best

Cumulative net catastrophe losses for reinsurance companies from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, along with the Mexico earthquakes, are between $20 billion-$25 billion out of an overall industry loss of $90 billion, according to calculations issued by A.M. Best. “We …

Hedge Funds Invest in Reinsurance Stocks on Expected Rate Hikes in 2018

Hedge funds bought reinsurance stocks in the third quarter after prices tumbled on widespread losses after multiple hurricanes in North America, filings showed on Wednesday. Hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean in August and September are expected to …

Growing Climate Risks May Be ‘Impossible to Model’ – and Ultimately Uninsurable

After one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons in history, the world’s biggest insurers say the industry needs to get its act together if it wants to survive climate change. Insuring against weather natural disasters could reach unaffordable levels for …

Global Re/Insurers Seek Premium Hikes After Costly 3rd Quarter

Insurers and reinsurers around the globe are looking to raise rates after what looks set to be their most costly quarter on record. Hurricanes Irma and Maria alone caused as much as $135 billion in insured losses, according to modeling …

Insurtech Startup, Insurdata, Raises More Than $1M in Seed Financing

Insurdata, an insurtech firm that provides re/insurance underwriters with property-specific data to support their pricing, underwriting and portfolio management decisions, announced it has raised over $1 million in seed financing from investors including Menlo Ventures, Anthemis Group, and Plug and …