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Coronavirus news coverage of relevance to reinsurance and insurance markets.

All of our Covid-19 coronavirus news, analysis and insight related to insurance and reinsurance market impacts can be found below.

The coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic of 2019-20 resulted in significant disruption and threatened losses widely across the insurance and reinsurance markets.

Berkshire’s COVID-19 exposure potentially greater but manageable: Analysts

3rd April 2020

Analysts at Morgan Stanley have said that although Berkshire Hathaway could be exposed to losses from the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic in a number of business lines, losses should be manageable for Warren Buffett's property and casualty (P&C) reinsurance operation. As events around the world continue to be either ... Read the full article

Coronavirus + broker M&A distribution disruption raises threat to carriers: Hyperion X

3rd April 2020

While the immediate impacts and losses from the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic are top of mind in threatening the businesses of insurance and reinsurance carriers right now, the fact it coincides with the biggest disruption to the distribution chain ever seen adds more pressure, Hyperion X said. Hyperion X, the data and ... Read the full article

EIOPA asks re/insurers to suspend dividends & buybacks on COVID-19 uncertainty

3rd April 2020

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), part of the European System of Financial Supervision, has urged all re/insurers to temporarily suspend all discretionary dividend distributions and share buybacks in light of the spreading coronavirus outbreak. The EIOPA has stressed the importance of ensuring continued access to and continuity of ... Read the full article

Demotech affirms financial stability of title insurance industry

3rd April 2020

Financial analysis firm Demotech has concluded that US title underwriters are financially healthy and possess the means to address time gaps in coverage associated with the closing or limited hours of county recorder offices. Few businesses are operating at full capacity as a result of precautionary efforts to mitigate the spread ... Read the full article

Global reinsurers resilient in face of COVID-19: AM Best

3rd April 2020

Despite mounting uncertainties around the coronavirus pandemic, AM Best believes reinsurers globally are well capitalised and remain resilient thanks to a long history of innovative and prudent risk management. AM Best expects any covered losses to be manageable and believes relevant policy exclusions will hold up. Adverse impacts from the pandemic may ... Read the full article

Fitch puts Lloyd’s on Rating Watch Negative amid COVID-19 risks

2nd April 2020

Uncertainty and heightened risk to Lloyd's of London's earnings and underwriting performance as a result of COVID-19 claims, has pushed Fitch Ratings to place the marketplace and its operating entities on Rating Watch Negative (RWN). Fitch states that it has placed Lloyd's of London's, Lloyd's Insurance Company S.A. and Lloyd's Insurance ... Read the full article

Post-coronavirus re/insurers may fail to earn cost-of-capital: Hyperion X

2nd April 2020

Once the current Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic crisis is largely behind us and economies begin to recover, Hyperion X, the data and analytics specialist unit of the Hyperion Insurance Group, sees a risk that most re/insurers may fail to earn their cost-of-capital over an extended period. Looking at the potential recovery ... Read the full article

COVID-19 BI legislation an “existential threat” to insurers, warns Stonybrook

2nd April 2020

Proposed business interruption legislation designed to force P&C insurers to retroactively cover unfunded claims driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, poses an existential threat to the insurance industry, warns re/insurance-focused merchant banking group, Stonybrook Capital. First introduced in New Jersey, bills aimed at forcing insurance companies of certain businesses to cover business ... Read the full article

L&G completes £261mn of pension risk transfer deals in March

2nd April 2020

UK insurer Legal & General Group plc (L&G) has revealed that its Pension Risk Transfer (PRT) division completed eight transactions over the past month, securing a combined £261 million of pensioners' benefits during uncertain times. The eight transactions cover UK and U.S. pension schemes and varied in size from as low ... Read the full article

Swiss Re expects COVID-19 impacts to be “absolutely manageable”

2nd April 2020

Executives at global reinsurance giant Swiss Re have said that at this point, the impacts of the current crisis around the COVID-19 pandemic on the company is viewed as "being absolutely manageable." In a letter to shareholders, clients and partners, Walter B. Kielholz, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Christian ... Read the full article

RAA-led coalition presses US gov for business recovery fund

1st April 2020

The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA), together with a coalition representing the US business community, has sent a letter to President Trump and Congressional leaders, urging them to support the Covid-19 Business and Employee Continuity and Recovery Fund. The Recovery Fund is a solution designed to to support businesses and employees ... Read the full article

Life re/insurers well positioned to handle COVID-19 risks: S&P

1st April 2020

Analysts at S&P Global Ratings believe the North American life re/insurance industry is well-positioned to handle the immediate impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, despite significant escalation for certain risks. In particular, life insurers will face higher asset risk, S&P said, as well as equity market volatility, near-zero interest rates, and ... Read the full article

Coface placed on Rating Watch Negative by Fitch

1st April 2020

Global financial services ratings agency, Fitch Ratings, has placed Coface on Rating Watch Negative amid expectations that the trade credit insurance industry will be negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. According to Fitch, the impacts and uncertainty being created by the virus outbreak means that it is now more ... Read the full article

Aon enhances reinsurer trading portal for Lloyd’s & IUA markets

1st April 2020

Re/insurance broker Aon has enhanced its reinsurer trading portal, ABConnect Placements, to electronically bind treaty placements with Lloyd’s of London and International Underwriting Association (IUA) markets from 1 April renewals. The new bind feature enables Lloyd’s and IUA markets to complete and bind Aon's treaty reinsurance placements without the need for ... Read the full article

Moody’s stays negative on European insurance industry

1st April 2020

Moody's Investors Service has maintained its negative outlook on the European insurance industry as solvency and profitability continues to be pressured by coronavirus. Moody's also changed the outlook on the UK life and Italian life insurance sectors to negative from stable, reflecting the rating agency's view that the coronavirus outbreak will ... Read the full article

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