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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.

RSA expects reinsurance to apply following Court’s BI ruling

15th January 2021

Insurer RSA Insurance Group plc has said that following the UK Supreme Court's ruling on the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) business interruption (BI) insurance test case, reinsurance protection is expected to come into play. The Court upheld the judgement on the FCA's BI insurance test case at the appeal stage, ... Read the full article

Hiscox adds $48mn to Covid-19 BI losses following Supreme Court judgement

15th January 2021

Specialist re/insurer Hiscox has said that after the Supreme Court's ruling in favour of insureds earlier today in the appeal of the business interruption (BI) insurance test case, it has added a further $48 million, net of reinsurance, to its 2020 estimate for COVID-19 BI losses. This morning, the UK ... Read the full article

UK Supreme Court upholds business interruption judgement

15th January 2021

The UK Supreme Court has upheld the judgement on the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) business interruption (BI) insurance test case. The financial regulator brought the case forward in May to seek legal clarity on whether insurers were obligated to pay out on BI claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the UK ... Read the full article

RenRe warns of Q4 operating loss amid $345mn weather & COVID impact

14th January 2021

Bermuda-based reinsurer RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. (RenRe) has reported that losses from weather-related catastrophe events and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will push the firm to a fourth-quarter operating loss. The reinsurer has announced that estimated losses from catastrophe events will have a net negative impact of roughly $170 million on its Q4 ... Read the full article

Findings from FCA’s Covid-19 resilience survey “concerning” says the CII

11th January 2021

Keith Richards, Chief Membership Officer of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), has expressed concern over some of the findings from the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) coronavirus financial resilience survey. In an effort to understand the real-time effect the ongoing pandemic is having on the finances of companies in the UK, the ... Read the full article

Gallagher’s Nigel Weyman outlines “challenging” aviation renewals

11th January 2021

Nigel Weyman, Aerospace Global Executive at re/insurance broker Gallagher has reported that aviation renewal negotiations were particularly challenging this year due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking as part of Gallagher’s Plane Talking Q4 edition, Weyman described the market as facing a “perfect storm” over 2020 as the coronavirus ... Read the full article

COVID-19 a catalyst for US property rates at 1/1: Willis Re

6th January 2021

Willis Re has reported that COVID-19 was a catalyst for further rate increases at the January 1 reinsurance renewals for US property re/insurers, building on pricing momentum already gained through 2019. Terms and conditions also tightened, however placements were completed at rates lower than anticipated as capital raises, start-up reinsurers and ... Read the full article

Lloyd’s to close underwriting room again

5th January 2021

Insurance and reinsurance marketplace Lloyd’s of London has announced that its underwriting room will be closed once again following the introduction of new lockdown measures in the UK this week. The UK Government re-introduced lockdown restrictions yesterday in a bid to control the more infectious COVID-19 variant that has spread in ... Read the full article

Santam to assess rejected COVID-19 BI claims

4th January 2021

South African insurer Santam is set to commence the process for assessing claims for policies with contingent business interruption (CBI) extensions. The claims assessment process applies to policies impacted by the recent judgment in the Western Cape High Court in the case between Santam and hospitality firms Ma-Afrika Hotels and Stellenbosch Kitchen ... Read the full article

Reinsurers halted downward trends in 2020, says Willis Re

4th January 2021

Despite the ongoing impact of COVID-19, reinsurers have largely halted the persistent downward trends which characterised recent years, according to a new report from Willis Re. On the buying side, Willis Re states that the efficient working of the global reinsurance market ensured that terms and conditions have been less of ... Read the full article

Insurers must demonstrate value after COVID: Dun & Bradstreet

31st December 2020

Once the COVID-19 crisis is in the rearview mirror for most businesses, it will be up to insurers to prove that they are more than an additional cost in a challenging economy. This is according to James Harrison, UKI Head of Insurance at data and analytics provider Dun & Bradstreet, who ... Read the full article

ABI praises extension of trade credit reinsurance scheme

31st December 2020

Graham Walsh, a senior policy adviser at The Association of British Insurers, has praised the decision to extend the trade credit reinsurance scheme until 30 June 2021. It was reported towards the end of April that the UK government was considering the implementation of a trade credit reinsurance backstop to prevent ... Read the full article

Insurers looking to improve margins in hardening market: Mactavish

24th December 2020

Research conducted by commercial insurance placement and disputes firm, Mactavish, reveals that many commercial policyholders have faced drastic premium increases this year, as insurers look to improve margins in a hardening market, where some have risen up to 800%. Analysts from the firm also highlight the increase in cyber crime, which ... Read the full article

Lloyd’s announces changes to Claims Scheme amid COVID-19

23rd December 2020

Lloyd’s of London has announced changes to the Claims Scheme as part of its response to challenging market operations caused by COVID-19. Lloyd’s, the oldest insurance market in the world, announced the review in April. The changes, which are effective immediately, amend the Claims Scheme requirements with an aim of empowering ... Read the full article

Lloyd’s limits underwriting room access under tier 4 rules

22nd December 2020

Following the introduction of tier 4 COVID restrictions in London this week, insurance and reinsurance marketplace Lloyd’s of London has decided to limit access to its underwriting room to just one day per week. The room will remain open for all classes of business on Wednesdays in order to continue providing ... Read the full article

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