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Technology key to Spinnaker’s role as conduit for risk and capital

29th March 2019

Spinnaker Insurance Company, a program and fronting start-up, sees the adoption and use of technology throughout the value chain as critical to its business model as it looks for increased scale. Spinnaker was launched in 2015, and focuses on writing property and casualty exposed programs from U.S. homeowners and specialty business ... Read the full article

Technology is Swiss Re’s solution to market challenges: Ojeisekhoba

25th March 2019

Swiss Re views the integration of new technologies as both a critical opportunity for growth and the solution to many of the challenging market conditions that have tested the re/insurance industry in recent years. This is according to Moses Ojeisekhoba, CEO of Reinsurance at Swiss Re, who told Reinsurance News that ... Read the full article

USAA joins Roost’s smart-home telematics program

21st March 2019

USAA, a provider of insurance for U.S military personnel, has joined the Home Telematics Program (HTP) of Roost, a California-based company that specialises in smart-home technology. Operating in partnership with broker Willis Towers Watson, the HTP applies advanced analytics to produce insights regarding the effect of home telematics on loss mitigation ... Read the full article

Hurricane Michael claims exceed $6bn: FLOIR

19th March 2019

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR) has revealed that insurance claims from Hurricane Michael have now exceeded $6 billion, up from the $5.53 billion of insurance claims recorded in early February. According to figures from the FLOIR, which is based on claims data reported by insurers that operate in the ... Read the full article

FEMA announces changes to NFIP pricing structure: Reports

19th March 2019

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a move that could increase costs for some homeowners, reports Bloomberg. Under the new initiative, called Risk Rating 2.0, NFIP premiums will be tied to the actual flood risk of individual homes, instead of the ... Read the full article

Insurtech firm Hippo Insurance integrates Verisk solutions

8th March 2019

Hippo Insurance, a California-based insurtech company focused on home insurance, has announced that it has integrated Verisk solutions into its full range of products. By using data from Verisk, Hippo says it can automatically fill in the information needed to quote and bind a home insurance policy and supply customers with ... Read the full article

FedNat signs FHCF reinsurance deal

4th March 2019

FedNat Holding subsidiaries FedNat Insurance and Monarch Insurance have entered into contracts with Florida’s State Board of Administration (SBA) that will reimburse both firms for covered property losses under their respective homeowners’ insurance policies resulting from hurricanes in the State between 1 June 2019 and 31 May 2020. The SBA is ... Read the full article

Hurricane Michael drives Q4 loss for FedNat while Irma estimate rises

28th February 2019

FedNat Holding Company has reported a net loss of $9.3 million for the fourth-quarter of 2018, which includes a $23.7 million pre-tax catastrophe hit, mostly driven by Hurricane Michael. Overall, Hurricane Michael resulted in a gross loss of $275 million for the firm, with its net loss hitting $23 million. The ... Read the full article

Poor investment result, modest cat losses drive significant 2018 loss for Third Point Re

28th February 2019

Bermuda-based, hedge fund backed reinsurer Third Point Re has reported a net loss for both the fourth-quarter and full-year 2018, driven by a poor investment performance and modest catastrophe losses. For Q4, Third Point Re recorded a net loss of $298 million, driven by a $278 million net investment loss and ... Read the full article

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD to launch new Commercial Package product

27th February 2019

Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance Companies, a U.S subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s global insurance and reinsurance company, is adding a Commercial Package product that will include coverages for Property, General Liability, Umbrella, and Employment-Related Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI). GUARD Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sy Foguel explained that the company is planning for ... Read the full article

FedNat to purchase 1347’s insurance operations for $51m

26th February 2019

Florida-based FedNat Holding Company is set to acquire the homeowners insurance operations of 1347 Property Insurance Holdings in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $51 million. As per the deal, FedNat will acquire Maison Insurance Company, Maison Managers, Inc., and ClaimCor LLC (collectively, Maison). Maison is a property and casualty ... Read the full article

Irma loss creep & AOB costs to drive up primary rates in Florida, says COIN Re

21st February 2019

Unprecedented levels of loss creep stemming from Hurricane Irma, as well as costs related to loss adjustment expenses and assignment of benefits (AOB) lawsuits, are likely to drive up insurance rates for Florida homeowners, according to reinsurance broker COIN Re. Analysts at the Florida-based broker, which was launched in October ... Read the full article

NZ public insurer EQC shakes up coverage

15th February 2019

Significant changes to the law designed to enhance the level of protection provided by New Zealand’s Earthquake Commission (EQC) will see the cap for residential building cover raised from NZ$100,000 (US$68,300) to NZ$150,000 (US$102,409). Lawmakers also removed the NZ$20,000 (US$13,654) EQC cover for contents, a move that Megan Woods (the minister ... Read the full article

MarketScout launches wildfire, brush & quake MGA, WildCat

25th January 2019

U.S. domiciled electronic insurance exchange and specialty managing general agent (MGA), MarketScout, has announced the launch of WildCat, a new MGA facility for insuring wildfire, brush, and earthquake exposures. In response to increasing losses from the wildfire peril over the last two years, most notably from outbreaks in California, WildCat has ... Read the full article

Travelers to pull-back on California wildfire exposure

23rd January 2019

U.S primary insurer Travelers has revealed that it plans to reduce its exposure to California wildfire risk following back-to-back years of elevated losses. Michael Klein, President, Personal Insurance and Head of Enterprise Business Intelligence & Analytics at Travelers, explained that the insurer had “already taken action in 2017 to begin to ... Read the full article