S&P Global Ratings News

Assets of World’s Largest Companies at Growing Risk of Climate Impact: S&P

Over 90% of the world’s largest companies will have at least one asset highly exposed to the physical impacts of climate change by the 2050s, data and analysis from index and ratings provider S&P Global showed on Thursday. From heatwaves …

Still Negative: S&P Isn’t Budging on Reinsurance Outlook

Since May 2020, S&P Global Ratings has had a negative credit outlook on the global reinsurance sector—and analysts said it isn’t time to change that view during a webinar last week. Taoufik Gharib, senior director and lead analyst, S&P Global …

Reinsurers Adopt Divergent Strategies About Natural Catastrophe Exposures: S&P

The natural catastrophe business of global reinsurers has been reshaped by five years of higher-than-expected losses, which is leading reinsurers to adopt divergent strategies – either diving in to write more business at higher premiums or reducing their exposure, according …

S&P Puts SiriusPoint on CreditWatch Neg. After CEO, COO Exits; SiriusPoint Comments

SiriusPoint, the Bermuda-based global specialty insurer and reinsurer, has responded to the recent decision by S&P Global Ratings (S&P) to place the company and its core subsidiaries on CreditWatch, with negative implications. SiriusPoint currently has an “A-” insurer financial strength …

S&P Upgrades Fairfax Operating Subsidiaries to ‘A’; Outlook Stable

S&P Global Ratings raised the financial strength ratings on the core insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. to “A” from “A-” with a stable outlook. The rating agency also raised its long-term issuer credit rating on the …

S&P Global Heeds Warnings, Withdraws Proposal for Insurer-Rating Changes

S&P Global Ratings said it is withdrawing a proposal to change the way it assesses risk-based capital adequacy for insurers and reinsurers. For the first time in more than 10 years S&P looked to change the manner in which it …

Climate Change Could Put 4% of Global GDP at Risk by 2050: S&P Study

Climate change could see 4% of global annual economic output lost by 2050 and hit many poorer parts of the world disproportionately hard, a new study of 135 countries has estimated. Ratings firm S&P Global, which gives countries credit scores …

AM Best and S&P Ratings Suspend All Commercial Operations in Russia

AM Best announced it has suspended all commercial activities to clients in Russia and has withdrawn all credit ratings on Russia-based re/insurance companies, subject to sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) and in advance of the EU’s April 15, …

Climate Change Litigation: Why Better Disclosure Is Vital as Cases Rise

With the effects of climate change becoming more palpable, a rise in climate litigation cases could have significant financial and reputational repercussions for corporates. Thomas Englerth, associate director at S&P Global Ratings, explores how the potential risks associated with this …

Reinsurer Natural Disaster Losses to Exceed Budget Expectations for 5th Year: S&P

For the fifth consecutive year, insured losses from natural catastrophes are expected to be at or above global reinsurers’ budget expectations, but their very strong capital adequacy continues to provide a cushion, according to S&P Global Ratings. “The top 21 …