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Casualty market calms after HIM but reinsurers push for improved T&Cs: Willis Re

10th January 2018

The global casualty market remains orderly and has calmed down somewhat from the initial impacts of third-quarter hurricanes, however, the trend of improved terms and conditions (T&C) for reinsurance buyers is now slowing, and even reversing in some instances, according to Willis Re. In its recent 1st View report, reinsurance broker ... Read the full article

P&C insurance sector could see pricing impacted by U.S. tax bill: KBW

3rd January 2018

Keefe Bruyette & Woods (KBW) expects the U.S. tax bill to impact the Property & Casualty insurance industry with lower pricing, due to the sector's longstanding track record of price competitiveness. KBW analysts forecast that personal lines will likely respond quicker to the lower tax rates than commercial, especially in specialty ... Read the full article

P&C sector losses could be eroding reserves: Credit Suisse

29th December 2017

In a report on the Property & Casualty sector, Credit Suisse analysts said the disconnect between casualty prices bottoming while returns remain resilient suggests reserves are being eroded as they're used to maintain past levels of profitability and warned of results deteriorating in future years. Many publicly traded re/insurers are still ... Read the full article

London’s Grenfell tower demonstrates dangers of combustible cladding: Swiss Re

15th December 2017

London's Grenfell Tower tragedy in June has highlighted the dangers of combustible exterior cladding on high rise buildings - which have since become a global concern for governments and reinsurers. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has warned of the dangers of combustible exterior cladding on high rise buildings, after reinsurers picked up the ... Read the full article

U.S. P/C insurers’ catastrophe losses triple YOY: Fitch

11th December 2017

U.S. property and casualty (P/C) insurers reported a sharp decline in results as catastrophe losses for the group nearly tripled from 2016, according to Fitch Ratings in a new report. Fitch believes that 2017 may see a record for insured catastrophe losses for the U.S. P/C market after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma ... Read the full article

French P&C sector faces headwinds: Moody’s

8th December 2017

Moody's outlook for the French P&C insurance sector remains negative as intense competition causes further downwards pricing pressure and investment income suffers from low interest rates. Overall, P&C combined ratios are expected to remain at 100%, or break even, and motor insurance is forecast to remain unprofitable at the underwriting level, ... Read the full article

Sompo International hires two casualty reinsurance underwriters

13th November 2017

Sompo International, the Bermuda headquartered specialty insurance and reinsurance firm formerly named Endurance, has announced the addition of two newly hired senior casualty reinsurance underwriters. Alison Wood and Lorene Phillips have both joined the Sompo International Global Casualty Reinsurance team in the role of Senior Vice President, International Casualty Underwriter. The ... Read the full article

Low ROE levels in 2017 could turn market: RBC Capital Markets

8th November 2017

At 3.2% above the 5 year risk free average European reinsurers' low Return On Equity levels could lead to a market turn, according to RBC Capital Markets. The biggest uncertainty surrounding the market in coming months is how wide the pricing uptick will be and whether or not it'll include prices ... Read the full article

Long-term demand for P&C reinsurance remains strong despite headwinds

23rd October 2017

Despite headwinds facing property and casualty reinsurers, according to McKinsey's recent report on the global reinsurance sector, the long-term market demand outlook remains strong. Factors driving demand in P&C lines of business are the impact of changing climate patterns, coupled with the fast-growing concentration of population and assets in hazard-prone areas, ... Read the full article

Canadian P&C re/insurers’ stable but feeling the heat

18th September 2017

Despite the low interest rate environment and growing threat to Canadian re/insurers from severe weather events,  A.M. Best's outlook for the country's property/casualty and life sectors remains stable as these well-capitalised firms show pricing discipline and solid earnings. Possible earthquakes, economic volatility and regulatory changes are variables ahead of the industry ... Read the full article

Russell Group builds launches data provider service ALPS Casualty

4th September 2017

Russell Group has partnered with data providers Dun & Bradstreet to launch a matching service, ALPS Casualty, that matches and references each portfolio's insureds, allowing any insured to be identified through a universal identifier and thus enhancing the underwriting process. Russell Group CEO, Suki Basi commented on the launch of ALPS ... Read the full article

U.S. p/c industry sees continued credit rating improvement

31st August 2017

Credit rating for U.S. p/c industry was favourable, reflecting the stability of the sector with 86% of rating actions being affirmations and the rate of upgrades continuing to outpace those of last year, according to A.M. Best’s special report. The personal lines segment was given a stable outlook, but the sector ... Read the full article

Neil Monahan joins AXIS Re from Swiss Re as SVP, Professional Liability, U.S.

23rd August 2017

AXIS Re, the reinsurance arm of AXIS Capital Holdings Limited, has appointed Neil Monahan, formerly of Swiss Re, as Senior Vice President (SVP), Professional Liability, U.S., reporting to Jon Colello. In his new role, Monahan will be responsible for leading the reinsurer's professional liability reinsurance underwriting operations in the U.S., and will be based ... Read the full article

Digital tech revolution could increase casualty catastrophe risk

17th August 2017

Casualty catastrophe reinsurers could be hit with higher claims costs as legislation for software and app manufacturers evolves to shift the focus onto consumer contractual protections in coming years. Willis Towers Watson's Pete Thomas, Reinsurance and risk management expert, warned of the potential impact to reinsurers of expected upcoming legislative changes ... Read the full article

Political uncertainty can influence casualty catastrophe reinsurance treaties

15th August 2017

Reinsurers should revisit U.S. casualty catastrophe reinsurance products in response to government administration changes that are expected to influence the legal, social, and economic conditions impacting treaties policies, Willis Towers Watson reinsurance risk management specialist Pete Thomas advised. "History tells us that every time there is change from a democrat to ... Read the full article

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