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Only 38% of 2021’s Natural Disaster Losses of $343B Were Covered by Insurance: Aon

Natural disasters cost global economies a total of $343 billion in 2021, compared with $297 billion in 2020, according to Aon’s “2021 Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight” report. Insured losses from 2021’s natural disasters reached $130 billion, which was well …

U.S. Surplus Lines Premium Up 22% in 2021

Surplus lines premium increased 22% and transactions rebounded almost 6.6% over their 2020 totals in the 15 states with designated surplus lines stamping offices. The increases represented record levels of premium ($51 billion) and transactions (5.3 million) since the stamping …

Regional Cyber Conflicts Could Lead to Infrastructure Attacks in 2022: CyberCube

Three regional cyber conflicts could lead to infrastructure attacks and damaging cyber espionage in 2022, a new report from cyber analytics company CyberCube says. The current cyber landscape, cyber hostilities between Israel and Iran, India and Pakistan, and China and …

Loss Experience Drives Prices During January Reinsurance Renewals: Fitch

Loss-affected lines of business, such as property catastrophe in Europe, cyber or retrocession, continued to see significant price increases during the January 2022 reinsurance renewals, while loss-free lines of business attracted additional capital, which caused prices to stay stationary or …

Number of Insurance Agency M&As Rose 30% in 2021: OPTIS Partners

There were 1,034 announced insurance agency mergers and acquisitions in 2021, up 30% from 795 reported in 2020, according to agency consultancy OPTIS Partners. Also, the 384 deals during the fourth quarter of 2021 marked a 26% increase over the …

UK Car Insurance Premiums Expected to Be Volatile in 2022: Survey

The cost of a comprehensive car insurance policy in Britain is expected to be volatile this year, after rising 5% in the final quarter of 2021 as more drivers took to roads on easing COVID-19 curbs, a survey showed on …

Cyber, Business Interruption, Natural Disasters Ranked as Top 3 Business Risks: Allianz

A year of unprecedented cyber-attacks, business interruption and supply chain disruption, along with natural catastrophe activity has pushed these three perils to the top of the list of global business risks in this year’s Allianz Risk Barometer. Cyber incidents top …

Canada’s Insured Catastrophe Losses Exceed C$2 Billion in 2021: CatIQ

Canada’s total insured catastrophe losses were C$2.04 billion (US$1.63 billion) to date, landing the year in the top five loss years for the country, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). Further, with 14 events incurring at least C$25 …

Workplace Class Action Payouts Unexpectedly Grew During Pandemic in 2021

The cost of settling workplace class-action lawsuits reached a record high in 2021, defying expectations that the COVID-19 pandemic would decrease the size and reduce the number of payouts, according to a new report by the Seyfarth Shaw law firm …

‘Cybersecurity Failure’ Named a Critical Global Threat in WEF Survey Report

“Cybersecurity failure” was identified as a critical short-and-medium-term threat to the world by respondents of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Perception Survey (GRPS). GRPS respondents rank cybersecurity failure among the top-10 risks that have worsened most since the start …