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Update: Super Typhoon Hagibis Tracks Toward Japan; Guy Carpenter, RMS Comment

Super Typhoon Hagabis has been a category 5 for much of the first half of this week, but fortunately is forecast to weaken to a category 3 typhoon when it makes landfall in Japan on Saturday morning, Oct. 12, said …

Insured Losses from Typhoon Faxai Estimated at US$5 Billion to US$9 Billion: RMS

RMS, the Newark, Calif.-based risk modeling and analytics firm, has estimated that the insured loss from Typhoon Faxai will be between $5.0 and $9.0 billion (¥ 500 to ¥950 billion). This estimate includes property damage and business interruption caused by …

Insurers to Offer up to $5B in Capacity to Hike Developing Nations’ Climate Resilience

Insurers are partnering with the United Nations and other public groups to help the poorest countries bounce back from natural disasters that may become a more regular occurrence. As part of the program, as much as $5 billion in insurance …

Re/insurers Rethink Climate Change Risks as Losses Grow from Wildfires, Floods, Hail

By the time David Kaisel got back from selling his flour at a farmers’ market, a wildfire in California’s Capay Valley had burnt both his tractor and the shipping container where he kept some tools. His insurer is set to …

Hurricane Dorian Insured Losses in Caribbean from Wind, Storm-Surge Could Hit $6.5B

Insured losses in the Caribbean from Hurricane Dorian is estimated at $3.5 billion to $6.5 billion, according to RMS, the risk modeling and analytics firm. This estimate represents insured losses associated with wind and storm surge damage across the Caribbean …

New Barry Insured Loss Estimate: Not More Than $500M, RMS Says

Global risk modeling and analytics firm, RMS, has estimated that the insured U.S. losses from Hurricane Barry will not exceed $500 million. This estimate represents insured losses associated with wind, storm surge and inland flood damage, including losses to the …

When Cyber Attack Hit Norsk Hydro, It Was Already Handling a Major Upheaval: RMS

When Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest aluminum producers, was hit by a major cyber attack in the early hours of March 19, it was already undergoing a major upheaval: just the day before the attack, the company’s long-standing …

Hurricane Florence Demonstrates Perils of Being Underinsured/Uninsured, Says RMS

Hurricane Florence caused extensive freshwater flood damage in the Carolinas and parts of Virginia in September—and about 70 percent of those flood losses will be uninsured, according to RMS. “The insured loss for Florence will be between $2.8 billion and …

How Insurance Industry Might React to ‘New Normal’ of California’s Historic Wildfires

The “new normal” for California has yielded another year of record wildfires and billions of dollars in insured losses. Homeowners insurance rates inch up in high risk areas, and carriers get more cautious about where they write in a state …

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 …