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False earthquake policy info prompts California regulators to notify insurers

12th July 2019

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) are to send a notice to re/insurers following reports that some companies may be declining to write earthquake policies in the state. Kern County in southern California was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on July 4, followed by a ... Read the full article

Flood Re lays out new flood resilience proposals for UK homes

8th July 2019

Government-backed reinsurance scheme Flood Re has announced a series of proposals designed to increase the flood resilience of UK homes. Flood Re hopes to work with insurers on “building back better homes” after a flood event and would permit the payment of claims to include an additional amount for certain repairs ... Read the full article

Cali quake losses expected to be insignificant, damage less than initially feared

8th July 2019

Analysts at Credit Suisse expect the insurance industry loss from the recent earthquakes that struck Southern California to be less than $500 million, with emergency officials reportedly stating that the damage is less considerable than initially feared. The Ridgecrest City area of the state was hit by a magnitude 6.4 quake ... Read the full article

Fednat grows catastrophe reinsurance program at July renewals

2nd July 2019

Florida-based FedNat Holding Company has announced the renewal of its catastrophe reinsurance program for 2019-2020, which includes a slight increase to its aggregate limit. The aggregate reinsurance limit was increased from $1.79 billion to $1.84 billion at the July 1 renewals, FedNat reported. At the same time, the aggregate private market limit ... Read the full article

FedNat adds Mel Russell as VP of Monarch

28th June 2019

Florida-based FedNat Holding Company has appointed Mel Russell as Vice President of its subsidiary Monarch National Insurance, effective immediately. Russell will oversee the relaunch of Monach’s homeowner and condo programs in Florida, and report directly to Michael Braun, FedNat’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Since 2016, Russell has served as President and CEO ... Read the full article

Analysts highlight uncertainty around FedNat’s Maison deal & off-cycle renewal

19th June 2019

Analysts at JMP remain confident in the prospects of FedNat Holding Company, but have said that some uncertainty exists around the company's "slightly off-cycle" reinsurance renewal and the potential delay of its acquisition of Maison Insurance, the homeowners insurance operations of 1347 Property Insurance Holdings. JMP met with FedNat management ... Read the full article

Insurers FHCF reimbursement raised as Florida Governor approves bill

19th June 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law bill HB 301, part of which doubles the reimbursement rate insurance companies can receive from the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF). The Florida House of Representatives passed the legislation in April 2019, at the same time as it passed a bill targeting assignment ... Read the full article

Citizens to cap Florida rate increases at 4.7% following AOB reforms

19th June 2019

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, the Florida state-run insurer, is seeking approval from its Board to cap its average premium rate increases at 4.7% following recent legislation designed to curtail assignment of benefits (AOB) abuse. If approved, the revised rate increases would be limited to nearly half the original 8.2% hikes ... Read the full article

AmWINS’ Unicorn MGA names Matt Edwards lead underwriter, property specialty

13th June 2019

Unicorn Underwriting, the specialist managing general agent (MGA) of AmWINS Group, Inc. has appointed Matt Edwards as lead underwriter, property specialty, effective June 17th, 2019. In his new role, Edwards will report to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Unicorn and CEO of re/insurance broker THB Group, Frank Murphy. As lead underwriter of ... Read the full article

New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission increases reinsurance cover to $6.2bn

4th June 2019

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) of New Zealand has increased its reinsurance coverage at the June 1 renewals, securing NZ $6.2 billion (US $4.1 billion) of protection for the next 12 months, according to reports from Stuff. The reinsurance will cover disaster events such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. Last year, the ... Read the full article

P&C insurers positioned well as Atlantic hurricane season gets underway: Fitch

3rd June 2019

Despite significantly elevated levels of catastrophe losses in both 2017 and 2018, analysts at Fitch Ratings state that increased policyholders' surplus during this period supports its view that U.S. property and casualty (P&C) insurers are well placed to manage a significant landfalling storm. The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially started on ... Read the full article

Palomar Holdings completes reinsurance renewal

3rd June 2019

Specialty property insurance company, Palomar Holdings, Inc. has announced the successful completion of its June 1st, 2019 reinsurance programs. Including the insurer's Torrey Pines Re catastrophe bond, Palomar Holdings' renewed $470 million of its core reinsurance program, and also purchased $200 million of incremental limit that sits at the top of ... Read the full article

NFIP extended by two-weeks

31st May 2019

The House of Representatives recently passed a two-week extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which was set to expire on May 31st, 2019. The two-week extension enables the NFIP to continue issuing flood insurance policies at the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which officially starts on Saturday June ... Read the full article

AmWINS adds Lead Underwriter for Property Specialty at Unicorn Underwriting

24th May 2019

Global specialty insurance provider AmWINS has announced the appointment of Matt Edwards as Lead Underwriter for Property Specialty in its London-based MGA Unicorn Underwriting. He will lead a fourth division of Unicorn, Unicorn Property Specialty, and will focus on writing property insurance for small to medium size businesses and high value ... Read the full article

Florida Governor signs AOB reforms into law

24th May 2019

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has approved the recently proposed reforms to assignment of benefits (AOB) practices in the state, signing a bill to officially bring them into law. The Florida Legislature passed the reforms in April in an effort to stabilise the recent explosion in AOB litigation and provide policyholders with ... Read the full article