Reinsurance News

Re/insurers’ ignoring certain exposures & soft market creates “perfect storm”, warns XL Catlin

12th September 2017

The absence of a major landfalling hurricane in the state of Florida and across the U.S. has seen some insurers and reinsurers turn a blind eye to certain exposures, which, combined with the ongoing soft market conditions creates "a perfect storm of its own," according to Wade Stier, Underwriter, U.S. ... Read the full article

Harvey to be one of costliest disasters to hit the U.S. on record: Aon Benfield

12th September 2017

Reinsurance broker Aon Benfield's catastrophe risk modelling unit, Impact Forecasting, has said that hurricane Harvey is most likely to be one of the costliest natural catastrophe events on record in the U.S. As part of the unit's latest catastrophe recap report, which looks at the month of August, 2017, hurricane Harvey ... Read the full article

AI could “fundamentally close a lot of the protection gap,” Swiss Re CEO Mumenthaler

12th September 2017

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of reinsurance giant Swiss Re, Christian Mumenthaler, believes advanced technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), can help to close the global protection gap. Addressing an audience during the PwC breakfast at the 2017 meeting of the reinsurance industry in Monte-Carlo, Mumenthaler spoke about the increased digitisation ... Read the full article

Hannover Re expects renewal price increase for hurricane hit areas

12th September 2017

As Hannover Re prepares for upcoming renewals, the reinsurance giant believes the uncertainty left by hurricanes Irma and Harvey will push up prices for segments of North American business as well as create new opportunities for reinsurance as the devastated regions' economic losses highlight the U.S. flood protection gap. Hannover Re ... Read the full article

PERILS based limits up 17% driven by Australia and Turkey

11th September 2017

Catastrophe insurance data provider PERILS AG said its recorded limits at risk are up 17% from a year ago at $3.1 billion after the firm added Australia and Turkey to its covered territories. Out of the total PERILS-based limits at risk, U.S. $3 billion cover Europe, U.S. $1.38 billion cover Australia ... Read the full article

InsurTech investments up as reinsurers embrace collaboration: PwC

11th September 2017

The global reinsurance industry increasingly views the InsurTech space as an opportunity, as its sentiment shifts from "fear to bullishness" and collaboration replaces scepticism, according to a new survey from PwC. During the second-quarter of 2017 investment in InsurTech by insurers, reinsurers, and also venture capital firms increased by a huge ... Read the full article

Insurers benefit from spectrum of reinsurance solutions: Guy Carpenter

11th September 2017

Reinsurance purchasing strategies have shifted from capital protection to a focus on managing volatility and de-commoditising solutions as cedants continue to seek out stability and growth from the ‘vibrant’ array of market solutions, according to Guy Carpenter executives President James Nash and Managing Director Julia Chu. The Guy Carpenter executives commented ... Read the full article

Irma and Harvey will drive uncertainty at renewals: Munich Re’s Jeworrek

11th September 2017

In the middle of the 2017 hurricane season weather conditions are causing high intensity storms and hurricanes to form in the Atlantic basin, and with the industry still waiting for the tally from Harvey and now Irma, reinsurers will have to go into renewals under a cloud of "uncertainty." Speaking at ... Read the full article

U.S. insured Irma loss up to $40 billion: AIR Worldwide

11th September 2017

International catastrophe risk modeller, AIR Worldwide, has released an insurance industry loss range estimate for the U.S. for hurricane Irma, of between $20 billion and $40 billion. AIR underlines that the estimates are based on the NHC's Sunday, September 10th, 5pm EDT forecast. Exposure value in coastal counties along the Gulf Coast ... Read the full article

Reinsurance industry must “step up to the occasion,” says Christian Mumenthaler

11th September 2017

In light of the devastation caused by hurricane Irma, Swiss Re Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Christian Mumenthaler, speaking at the 2017 meeting of the reinsurance industry in Monte-Carlo, called for the global reinsurance industry to step up and do what it's here for. During the PwC event in Monte-Carlo earlier this ... Read the full article

B3i launches market testing programme for re/insurance blockchain prototype

11th September 2017

B3i, the blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative, launched a market beta-testing programme for its newly developed blockchain driven platform for reinsurance transactions at the Monte Carlo RVS conference. All insurance industry participants have been invited to join in B3i's market beta-testing programme for the prototype which is set to begin from October. The ... Read the full article

Stephen Balderston to leave Guy Carpenter for JLT Re

11th September 2017

Global reinsurance broker, JLT Re, has announced the appointment of Stephen Balderston from Guy Carpenter to its Credit & Political Risk team, as a Partner. Balderston spent eight years with broker Guy Carpenter, where he was Senior Vice President in Credit, Bond & Political Risk Treaty Reinsurance. He is expected to ... Read the full article

Hamilton hires Nikhil Barvé for Outwards Reinsurance and Underwriting Supervision

11th September 2017

Hamilton Insurance Group has hired Nikhil Barvé from Markel to take up the role of Head of Outwards Reinsurance and Underwriting Supervision in the firms Lloyd's operations. Barvé will report to Chief Executive Officer Dermot O’Donohoe and Active Underwriter and Head of Treaty Trevor Carvey of Hamilton Underwriting Limited, the managing ... Read the full article

Swiss Re expects price stabilisation after recent loss events

11th September 2017

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re said this morning that it expects the impacts of recent catastrophe losses will be sufficient to stabilise reinsurance industry pricing. The company said that it intends to maintain its underwriting discipline, in the face of continuing pressures from low interest rates and excess capital in the sector. The ... Read the full article

European big four expected to “exhibit most stability” after Hurricane Irma: A.M. Best

10th September 2017

Hurricane Irma will not turn the market or cause a significant change to the wider market, but prices in locally affected areas are likely to be impacted and as the market reshuffles in its aftermath Europe's big four reinsurers are likely to come out as the most stable players, A.M. ... Read the full article