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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.

Marine sector faces huge exposure to economic slowdown: analysts

24th March 2020

Analysis by Russell Group has shown that the marine re/insurance sector could face huge exposure to a slowdown in the Chinese economy, induced by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The firm found that just six global shipping companies, representing roughly 35% of industry, had a collective $114 billion exposure to this kind ... Read the full article

Forced COVID-19 payments could impact insurer stability: Sampson, APCIA

23rd March 2020

David Sampson, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA), has said that the industry recognises the unprecedented disruption being caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, but has warned against impacting the stability of the insurance sector in the U.S. through forced covers. According to Sampson, ... Read the full article

Coronavirus BI loans available to UK brokers, but not re/insurers

23rd March 2020

Government-owned development bank, the British Business Bank, has revealed that the recently announced Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) will be made available to UK brokers, but not to insurers or reinsurers. CBILS is a new scheme announced last week by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help support businesses whose operations have ... Read the full article

Could market decline force M&A price renegotiations? (Covea-PartnerRe, Aon-WTW)

23rd March 2020

With pressures from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak causing a surge in market volatility and significant decreases in share prices, there could be a question mark over some of the larger merger and acquisition (M&A) deals announced recently. For example, PartnerRe shares were valued at US $27.20 per share on the New ... Read the full article

Japan, Korea insurers face ongoing risks from COVID-19: Moody’s

23rd March 2020

Despite low numbers of infections and low claims, Moody’s analysts believe insurers in Japan and Korea should expect to face business disruption and financial risk from the coronavirus outbreak, with further downside risk should infections rise significantly. Analysts say direct claims related to the coronavirus outbreak will come from two main ... Read the full article

Fitch turns negative on global reinsurance, US P&C fundamentals

23rd March 2020

The unfolding Coronavirus outbreak has prompted Fitch Ratings to revise its outlook for the underlying fundamentals of the global reinsurance sector to negative from stable. The ratings agency also revised its outlook for the US property and casualty insurance sector, citing concerns over coronavirus and related impacts on the credit quality ... Read the full article

Re/insurers cannot be the mechanism for a COVID-19 bailout: CII

20th March 2020

Matt Connell, Director of Policy and Engagement for the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) , has stressed that it is unsustainable to expect insurance and reinsurance companies to be the “mechanism for a Covid-19 bail out.” Responding to expectations recently set out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Connell acknowledged that where ... Read the full article

European insurers’ coronavirus BI claims will likely be limited, Moody’s

20th March 2020

Moody’s is expecting insurers in the UK, France and Germany to face only moderate business interruption claims as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, as pandemic-related claims are excluded from most business interruption policies in all three countries. This follows a statement from the Association of British Insurers which explained that ... Read the full article

Zurich warns of heightened cyber risk during pandemic

20th March 2020

Zurich Insurance has warned that a surge in remote work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will result in heightened cyber security risks. With businesses around the world increasingly urging employees to work from home to help slow the spread of the virus, analysts believe that the security standards of some organisations ... Read the full article

Swiss Re has $250mn exposure to Tokyo Olympics cancellation: CFO Dacey

20th March 2020

Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re has a specific exposure of USD 250 million to the cancellation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and also potential exposure in other lines as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Scheduled to commence on the 24th of July 2020, the ability for the Tokyo Olympics to ... Read the full article

FCA asks insurers to stretch policy T&Cs for coronavirus

20th March 2020

UK regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said that it expects insurers to stretch the terms & conditions of policies to help the population adapt to the socioeconomic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). The FCA is in the process of making the re/insurance industry aware that customer behaviour is set to ... Read the full article

Coronavirus prompts Fitch to revise European life to negative

20th March 2020

Fitch Ratings has revised its rating outlooks for the life insurance sectors in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK to Negative from Stable; the Italian life insurance sector remains negative. This revision is due to increased risks stemming from the coronavirus pandemic and related impact on the credit quality of ... Read the full article

CAC Specialty, Fortress equipped to provide financing amid COVID-19

20th March 2020

Specialty insurance broker and investment banking platform CAC Specialty says it is equipped to provide financing for CAC clients facing liquidity pressure due to the direct and indirect impact from COVID-19, thanks to a previously-announced partnership with Fortress. The partnership with Fortress, which previously provided financing for the formation of CAC ... Read the full article

Despite the disruption, insurers expect limited BI claims from COVID-19: KBW

19th March 2020

It remains too early to estimate industry-wide business interruption (BI) losses from the COVID-19 outbreak, and while it's expected that some losses will materialise, insurers are expecting these to be limited, according to analysts at KBW. The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak is having a significantly adverse impact on many businesses across numerous ... Read the full article

SCOR says re/insurers have expertise to understand COVID-19 impact

19th March 2020

Global reinsurer SCOR has called for industry-wide action to be taken over the unfolding coronavirus pandemic. SCOR’s executive committee described the re/insurance industry as having the mathematical expertise to understand the potential impact of the virus. SCOR described Life re/insurance in particular as having a unique alignment with the health and well-being ... Read the full article

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