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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.

Re/insurers misjudged pandemic response: Swiss Re’s Mumenthaler

1st December 2020

According to Swiss Re CEO Christian Mumenthaler, the re/insurance industry vastly underestimated the cost of a global pandemic due to its failure to account for the extent of government lockdown measures. Speaking in an interview with the Financial Times, Mumenthaler acknowledged that re/insurer models had misjudged just how far governments around ... Read the full article

Munich Re adds €1.1bn of COVID-19 losses; 2020 total hits €3.4bn

1st December 2020

Global reinsurance giant Munich Re has reported that its reinsurance operation is set to book COVID-19 related losses of €3.4 billion in 2020, while additional burdens of roughly €500 million are anticipated to come from the pandemic in 2021. For Q3 2020, the reinsurer announced a further €800 million of ... Read the full article

Australian BI verdict to drive uncertainty for insurers: AM Best

30th November 2020

AM Best has warned that pandemic business interruption (BI) coverage will continue to represent a significant source of uncertainty for Australian commercial insurers following the verdict of legal test case in the country. The New South Wales Court of Appeal sided unanimously against the arguments made by insurers in its ruling. The ... Read the full article

HX’s Flandro underlines positive outlook despite difficult year

26th November 2020

With Covid-19 losses increasing sector risk premiums, the presence of higher rates across most lines is creating opportunities for margin expansion and driving a continuing inflow of new investment capital, according to David Flandro, Managing Director at HX Analytics. In a presentation given during the company's third quarter earnings update, Flandro ... Read the full article

Government can’t continue as “insurer of last resort”: CII

26th November 2020

A survey conducted by the Chartered Insurance Institute has found that 54% of its members do not feel it is economically sustainable for the government to “step in as an insurer of last resort.” The survey included 476 CII members and was conducted in October. “Ultimately, no government can save every business,” said ... Read the full article

Need for creativity high amid challenging investment landscape: Prospectus 2021

26th November 2020

Although news around a potential COVID-19 vaccine is a positive step, the investment landscape remains extremely challenging for global re/insurers and there's a continued need for creativity and innovation, according to industry experts. On day two of Prospectus 2021, the audience heard from three very experienced investors whose firms ... Read the full article

Broad optimism over second wave losses, reinsurers could take bigger hit

25th November 2020

Barclays analysts expect this second wave of COVID-19 to incur less cost for European insurers than what was initially seen during the first half of 2020. Analysts note how positive vaccine news, further political clarity in the US, stabilised yields and the latest COVID loss estimates create a positive backdrop for ... Read the full article

IAG completes $650mn institutional placement following BI hit

24th November 2020

IAG has successfully completed a $650 million fully underwritten institutional placement, as the company looks to compensate for an anticipated $865 million hit from pandemic-related business interruption claims. A NSW Court of Appeal ruled last week that insurers could not decline business interruption claims due to incorrectly worded exclusions for ... Read the full article

51 new Bermudian insurers registered in Oct, says PwC’s Wightman

24th November 2020

With the announcement that 51 new insurers were registered in Bermuda throughout October, PwC’s territory and insurance leader Arthur Wightman has released a statement praising the resilience of the island in 2020. Wightman said Bermuda has overseen the deployment of between $12 billion and $15 billion in new capital over the ... Read the full article

IAG set for sizeable capital raise following $865mn pandemic BI hit

20th November 2020

Australian insurance group IAG intends to recognise a $865 million hit from pandemic-related business interruption claims and as a result will be looking to raise $750 million in new equity capital. IAG’s announcement follows a NSW Court of Appeal ruling that insurers could not decline business interruption claims due to incorrectly ... Read the full article

COVID-19 disrupting US professional liability market: AM Best

20th November 2020

Rating agency AM Best has released a new report showing how the COVID-19 pandemic has created disruption for underwriters in each of the US professional liability insurance market lines. Earlier this year, after the initial pandemic surge in the US, AM Best had placed a negative rating against the professional liability ... Read the full article

Lloyd’s expects industry-wide COVID losses to exceed $107bn estimate: reports

19th November 2020

The Chairman of Lloyd's of London, Bruce Carnegie-Brown, said at a recent Reuters event that the global insured loss from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will exceed the market's previous estimate of $107 billion. Back in May, the specialist insurance and reinsurance marketplace said that it expects to pay customers up to ... Read the full article

COVID-19 leads PCS’ Johansmeyer’s ‘Four Horsemen of 2021’

18th November 2020

With one of the year's biggest and busiest holiday's approaching, and the likelihood of any possible COVID-19 vaccine easing the pressure in the near-future low, the next six-to-eight weeks are going to be vital in more accurately gauging what PCS' Tom Johansmeyer expects to be a tough year for reinsurers. Read the full article

Suncorp expecting broadly neutral COVID-19 impact across first half of FY

17th November 2020

The impact of COVID-19 across Suncorp’s general insurance portfolio is expected to be broadly neutral for the first half of the 2021 financial year. Impacts during this period include an assessment for potential business interruption (BI) claims from the second Victorian lockdown. Additionally, temporary short- term reductions in motor claims frequency, continued ... Read the full article

Pandemic related reinsurance losses fading in 9M20, Fitch suggests

16th November 2020

Fitch Ratings’ reinsurance dashboard for the first nine months of 2020 suggests pandemic-related losses have started to fade. Hannover Rueck SE, SCOR and Swiss Re all booked fewer pandemic-related claims reserves in 3Q20 than in 2Q20, as the actual loss experience did not require any major adjustments to expected claims in ... Read the full article

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