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April Cyclones in New Zealand drive $109 million insured loss total

31st August 2017

The two cyclones that hit New Zealand in April have left insured costs of $109 million, making this year the most significant the country's seen for severe weather events in over 40 years, the Insurance Council of New Zealand reported today after collating final claims data. This figure makes the cyclones the ... Read the full article

Harvey economic losses could reach U.S. $70-90 billion: RMS

31st August 2017

Hurricane Harvey's economic fallout could reach U.S. $70-90 billion with the majority of costs coming from inland flooding in Houston's metropolitan area, according to RMS' latest preliminary analysis. This estimate includes damage to all residential, commercial, industrial and automotive risks in the area, and possible inflation from area-wide demand surge, however, loss ... Read the full article

Harvey economic loss could near Sandy’s $75 billion, says Moody’s

30th August 2017

Moody's Analytics has updated its economic cost projection for southeast Texas to between $51 billion and $75 billion, as catastrophic flooding from hurricane Harvey continues to impact the state. Moody's states that ultimately, Harvey could drive an overall loss similar to, or exceeding that caused by Superstorm Sandy, which would make it ... Read the full article

Regional P&C insurers face heavy Harvey blow: Moody’s

29th August 2017

The devastating Texas floods triggered by hurricane Harvey are set to worsen into early September, triggering heavy losses for property & casualty re/insurers with primary insurers with a regional focus feeling the heaviest impact due to their geographical density, according to Moody's recent Credit Outlook. Moody’s named State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, The ... Read the full article

Harvey could slash European reinsurers’ net income by 1/3

29th August 2017

Hurricane Harvey could slash European reinsurers’ net income by nearly one third with insured losses reaching up to $10-20 billion, or more given the extent of flood damage, analysts predict this could stabilise but not significantly impact the soft market pricing cycle. European reinsurers could see a net loss of 27% ... Read the full article

Harvey’s wind & storm surge insured losses at $1.2 bn to $2.3bn: AIR Worldwide

29th August 2017

AIR Worldwide has estimated Hurricane Harvey’s initial Texas wind and storm surge insured losses will range from $U.S. 1.2 billion to $U.S. 2.3 billion. This figure doesn't include the growing impact of the increasing levels of catastrophic flooding or business interruption losses resulting from the closure of oil refineries in the ... Read the full article

Hurricane Harvey floods could bring NFIP reinsurance into play

29th August 2017

The flooding caused by hurricane Harvey's torrential rainfall continues and is in many cases worsening, with it being termed "catastrophic" and the worst rainstorm in American history. Flood losses to residential homes are of course dealt with by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), where coverage has been purchased and that ... Read the full article

Hurricane Harvey likely to be an earnings event and a reminder to the industry: KBW

25th August 2017

In light of Hurricane Harvey's expected path towards Texas, with reports predicting the storm to intensify to a Category 3 storm as it makes landfall late Friday or early Saturday, analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) expect the event to remind re/insurers of hurricane risks as losses are likely ... Read the full article

Legislative assistance needed to address Florida’s AOB crisis: Citizens CEO, Gilway

24th August 2017

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Barry Gilway, recently called for legislative reform to address the growing assignment of benefits (AOB) crisis in Florida, warning of rising homeowners premiums. Addressing the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR), Gilway called for assistance from legislative partners to ensure Citizens was ... Read the full article

Reinsurers welcomed HCI’s use of tech to increase transparency during Matthew

18th August 2017

Paresh Patel, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of HCI Group, Inc. has revealed how the company's adoption and utilisation of technology turned out to be a big differentiator during hurricane Matthew, raising the homeowners' insurers profile while provide its reinsurers with welcomed transparency. Speaking during the company's second-quarter 2017 ... Read the full article

Schinnerer Group enters agreement to acquire ICAT

11th August 2017

The Schinnerer Group has entered an agreement to acquire International Catastrophe Insurance Managers, LLC (ICAT), a managing general agent for property catastrophe insurance, from the Paraline Group. ICAT is headquartered in Colorado and operates in all U.S. States through agents and wholesale brokers with a focus on the property catastrophe market. The ... Read the full article

Heritage to acquire NBIC Holdings for $250 million

9th August 2017

Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc. is to acquire NBIC Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Narragansett Bay Insurance Company, for $250 million in a deal that is expected to close in the fourth-quarter of 2017. The acquisition price will be financed with $210 million in cash and $40 million of the firm's common stock, ... Read the full article

Flames engulf Dubai’s Torch Tower, again

4th August 2017

Dubai's Torch Tower, which at 1,105ft is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world, has again caught fire, with reports claiming that a fire broke out on the ninth floor and spread to upper levels, although the blaze is now believed to be under control. This is the same ... Read the full article

‘Tasman Tempest’ storm drives NZ$62 million insured loss

19th July 2017

A storm that struck Auckland and the Coromandel, New Zealand over the 7th and 12th of May, 2017, has resulted in an insurance industry loss of NZ$62 million (roughly US$46 million), an increase of almost 48% from the provisional estimate, according to the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ). The storm, ... Read the full article

Re/insurance can help close Eastern Canada quake protection gap: Swiss Re

18th July 2017

A recent Swiss Re report highlighted the vulnerability of Eastern Canada to earthquake risk where it said a lack of awareness has led to a high protection gap in a region vastly exposed to high economic and social losses in the case of a major earthquake. A magnitude 7.3 earthquake in ... Read the full article