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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.

Forced BI claims a concern, cancellation lines to suffer from COVID-19: Survey results

7th April 2020

As the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, Reinsurance News has collaborated with ILS focused sister-site Artemis to take the pulse of the global reinsurance market at this unprecedented and challenging time. The COVID-19 Market Survey includes responses from ... Read the full article

COVID-19 a significant test of life/health insurers ERM practices: A.M. Best

7th April 2020

Improved enterprise risk management (ERM) measures implemented by life / health (L&H) insurers in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis are expected to be put to the test by the global COVID-19 pandemic, according to A.M. Best. The ratings agency notes that the large majority, if not all life insurance ... Read the full article

Cost of COVID-19 BI losses for small firms dwarfs annual premiums: APCIA

7th April 2020

Business continuity losses for small businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic could reach between USD 255 billion and USD 431 billion per month, which is significantly higher than monthly commercial property insurance premiums, says David Sampson, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Property Casualty Insurance ... Read the full article

AM Best turns negative on France, Italy & UK life markets

7th April 2020

AM Best has revised its outlook for the life insurance markets in France, Italy and the UK to negative, due to concerns about the financial and economic headwinds caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In France, the rating agency noted that technical margins have already been under pressure for a number ... Read the full article

COVID-19 impacts to dent insurance brokers’ organic growth: Analysts

6th April 2020

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy is expected to mitigate organic growth for insurance brokers, but firms cost saving initiatives and a hardening commercial lines market could offset some of the negative pressures, according to analysts at Wells Fargo Securities. It's going to be some time before ... Read the full article

Allstate announces $600mn payback scheme for customers amid COVID-19

6th April 2020

U.S. insurer The Allstate Corporation (Allstate) has announced the establishment of a Shelter-in-Place Payback scheme designed to assist its personal auto insurance customers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Customers that insure their vehicle with Allstate, Esurance, and Encompass will receive 15% of their monthly premium in April and May, which amounts ... Read the full article

AXA’s Buberl proposes pandemic risk pooling scheme

6th April 2020

Thomas Buberl, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AXA, has said that the company is “ready to take the initiative” to work with governments to develop a risk pooling scheme for pandemics. Speaking in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche, Buberl said that the industry needs to think about creating a ... Read the full article

Aqueous Underwriting moves to help restaurants hit by COVID-19

6th April 2020

Technology-focused MGA Aqueous Underwriting has launched a series of measures designed to help the food, hospitality and leisure sectors in the face of the unfolding coronavirus pandemic. These measures include free liability insurance add-ons for businesses now offering takeaway services, and three-month policies for businesses uncertain about their future. Aqueous will also ... Read the full article

Financial stability vital amid COVID-19 challenges, says GFIA

6th April 2020

The Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) has said that the continued financial stability of the re/insurance industry is vital as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic progresses. Without stability, the GFIA argued that insurers may not be able to continue to respond to the crisis or to honour their obligations to customers ... Read the full article

Chubb says no layoffs during COVID-19, makes pandemic relief commitment

6th April 2020

Global insurer and reinsurer Chubb has announced that it will not layoff any of its employees during the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. At the same time, the re/insurer has revealed a commitment of $10 million to pandemic relief efforts globally. As countries around the world continue efforts to stop the spread of ... Read the full article

A.M. Best maintains stable outlook for global reinsurance

6th April 2020

Positive rate momentum across a broad range of non-life classes of business, combined with a stable market landscape in the global life segment, has led A.M. Best to maintain its stable outlook for the global reinsurance sector. In a new report, the ratings agency notes that while the operating and competitive ... Read the full article

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

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