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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.

Old Mutual to finalise BI claims

27th January 2021

South African financial services group Old Mutual has announced to its shareholders that it will proceed in the finalisation of all outstanding valid claims for business interruption for affected customers. Old Mutual offers a broad spectrum of financial solutions to retail and corporate customers across market segments in 14 countries. Whether or ... Read the full article

US health insurer ratings performed well in 2020: S&P

25th January 2021

Analysts at S&P Global Ratings have released a report that shows US health insurer ratings performed relatively well in 2020, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysts also believe the industry's resilience to the pandemics effects remains to be seen in 2021, whilst predicting credit quality to hold up well. However, this may come ... Read the full article

COVID restaurant ruling may have wider ramifications for re/insurers: analysts

22nd January 2021

Following a landmark pandemic business interruption (BI) ruling by an Ohio judge against Zurich American, analysts at KBW and Credit Suisse have warned that the case could have wider ramifications for the insurance and reinsurance industries. In the recent Ohio case, the federal judge ruled that Zurich must pay out on ... Read the full article

Impact of business interruption ruling is manageable: Moody’s

21st January 2021

Analysts at Moody’s have reported that the recent business interruption ruling by the UK Supreme Court is a credit negative for re/insurers, although the financial impact on individual companies will be manageable, net of reinsurance protection. Additionally, the clarity provided by the judgement should ultimately benefit the industry by ending damaging ... Read the full article

S&P underlines US P/C insurers’ resilience during the pandemic

21st January 2021

S&P Global Ratings expects underwriting results to remain resilient in 2021, supported by continued rate increases in most commercial lines but partly offset by more competitive rates in personal auto. With social distancing measures likely to remain in place well into 2021, analysts expect claims frequency trends to be muted. Assuming a ... Read the full article

Covid-19, Brexit tops LIIBA’s 2021 priorities

21st January 2021

Helping members deal with the pandemic and supporting post-Brexit trading have been outlined as top priorities for the London and International Insurance Brokers’ Association (LIIBA) in 2021. LIIBA's Chief Executive Officer Christopher Croft says Covid-19 will continue to be a focal point for members of the trade body in 2021. "We will ... Read the full article

Pandemic-related risks front and centre for corporates in 2021: Allianz

20th January 2021

The 10th annual Allianz Risk Barometer reveals that exposures related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are considered the top business risks in 2021, with business interruption (BI) taking the top spot for the eighth time. A significant 41% of responses see BI as the top risk to business in 2021, followed ... Read the full article

Swiss Re’s net loss forecast to hit $389mn in 2020, says Berenberg

20th January 2021

Berenberg is anticipating Swiss Re to register a net loss of $389 million for 2020, up from the previous $178 million estimate, with COVID-19 claims driving the earnings downgrade for the year. It's worth noting that while this analysis applies directly to Swiss Re, the widespread nature of COVID-19 could result ... Read the full article

Hiscox able to absorb COVID-19 BI losses: S&P

20th January 2021

Hiscox's capitalisation can absorb additional COVID-19 business interruption losses despite earnings impact, says global ratings agency S&P Global Ratings. S&P believes the Supreme Court's recent COVID-19 BI decision has further depressed Hiscox Group's earnings. The U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority brought forward a test case to determine whether certain holders of business ... Read the full article

AXIS announces Q4 losses of up to $205mn from COVID-19 and cats

19th January 2021

Bermuda-based insurer and reinsurer, AXIS Capital Holdings Limited, has announced a preliminary Q4 2020 net claims estimate of between $195 million to $205 million, pre-tax, for catastrophes and weather-related events. Of this range, AXIS states that a significant $125 million, pre-tax, relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, while an additional $70 million ... Read the full article

Industry split over Supreme Court BI ruling

19th January 2021

With the re/insurance industry still coming to terms with the UK Supreme Court's recent business interruption ruling, we polled our industry contacts and had 270 responses on whether or not they agreed with the outcome. Despite a slim majority siding with the decision to uphold the original High Court ruling, responses ... Read the full article

SCOR deems pandemic risk uninsurable

18th January 2021

Experts from global reinsurer SCOR have concluded that pandemics are uninsurable due to insurers not having the capacity to absorb such loss accumulation. This serial element is accentuated even further by the global nature of pandemic risk. Added to this, the geographical diversification of risk portfolios is ineffective and actually compounds the ... Read the full article

COVID BI case exposes policy wordings “lottery”: Mactavish

18th January 2021

According to insurance buyer and claims resolution firm Mactavish, the legal disputes over pandemic business interruption (BI) claims have exposed systematic flaws in the re/insurance market, including vague policy language and potential conflicts of interest for brokers. Last week, the UK Supreme Court upheld an earlier legal ruling that required ... Read the full article

Ratings of UK insurers to be unaffected by BI ruling, says Fitch

18th January 2021

Fitch has said that the ratings of UK non-life insurers are likely to be unaffected by last week's Supreme Court judgement on the validity of business interruption (BI) claims related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The UK Supreme Court upheld the judgement on the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) BI insurance ... Read the full article

UK business interruption ruling pushes QBE further into reinsurance cover

18th January 2021

Australia-based re/insurer QBE has said that the UK Supreme Court’s verdict on business interruption (BI) cases linked to the pandemic will push it further into its aggregate reinsurance protection. Last week, the Supreme Court decided to uphold the ruling on the BI test case first brought forward by the Financial ... Read the full article

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