S&P Global Ratings News

Analysts Affirm CNA Ratings As Insurer Continues Probe of Cyber Attack

CNA Financial Corp.’s financial ratings have not been affected by the insurer’s recent cyber attack. AM Best, S&P Global Ratings and Fitch Ratings all affirmed their current ratings and outlooks for CNA and its subsidiaries and said they believe the …

Reinsurers Saw ‘Good’ Rate Hikes in January Renewals, but Will Be Asking for More: S&P

Global property and casualty reinsurers saw “good” rate increases during the January 2021 renewals but they came up short of a hard market, dashing reinsurers’ hope of a strong start for 2021, according to a report from S&P Global Ratings. …

AIG’s Plan to Divest Life & Retirement Business Could Prompt Ratings Downgrades

American International Group’s plan to downsize by divesting its Life & Retirement (L&R) business is drawing cautious and wary reactions from rating agencies that follow the property/casualty insurance giant. They said that they’re worried about what the divestiture will do …

Reinsurers’ Investment Strategies Offer Buffer for Low Interest Rates, Pandemic: S&P

A decade of low interest rates and tough underwriting conditions has led reinsurers to cautiously invest in riskier and more illiquid assets to generate additional return. The good news is that this strategy also has helped reinsurers tolerate the economic …

Reinsurance Sector Can Expect More Negative Rating Actions over Next Year: S&P

Despite the global reinsurance sector’s “robust capital position” and “very high rate rises,” which are expected to “carry on for the remainder of year, and continue for major renewals in 2021,” S&P Global Rating’s credit outlook for the sector will …

S&P Says Underwriting in Lloyd’s Market Continues to Improve

The Lloyd’s market looks unlikely to turn an underwriting profit in 2020 given the pandemic and hurricane season. However, there a signs of improvement, according to analysts at S&P Global Ratings. S&P notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has already caused …

Second Wave of Coronavirus Lockdowns Could Weaken Insurers’ Capital Buffers: S&P

Global insurers have proven resilient during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as their capital strength has helped stave off widespread downgrades; however, insurers’ capital buffers will erode through the second half of the year as financial market losses …

S&P’s Outlook for AGCS Revised to Negative on ‘Weak Underwriting Performance’

S&P Global Ratings has revised its outlook on Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) to negative from stable, while at the same time affirmed the insurer’s “AA” financial strength and issuer credit ratings. The outlook revision reflects S&P’s view …

S&P Affirms Munich Re’s ‘AA-‘ Ratings, Reflecting Sufficient Capital for COVID-19 Crisis

S&P Global Ratings has affirmed its “AA-” long-term issuer credit and financial strength ratings for Munich Re and its subsidiaries, with a stable outlook. The stable outlook reflects S&P’s view that Munich Re will maintain capital adequacy above the “AA” …

Insurers’ Pause of Dividends Likely Shows Caution, Rather Than Credit Risks: S&P

Some global regulators are advising insurers to suspend dividend payments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If insurers do, they won’t have to worry about their credit quality, S&P Global Ratings said in a recent report. “Insurers’ decision to curb …