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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.

Coronavirus impacts to be limited for EMEA & US markets: S&P

25th February 2020

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak is not expected to cause any earnings or capital shocks for insurance and global reinsurers based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the US, according to S&P Global Ratings. The rating agency expects these re/insurers to incur some claims from the spread of COVID-19, ... Read the full article

Coronavirus adds economic pressure for Southeast Asia re/insurers: AM Best

24th February 2020

The claims impact from the coronavirus is likely to be manageable for Southeast Asia-based re/insurers in the short-term, but the resulting economic slowdown could lead to additional pressures, according to analysts at AM Best. The rating agency expects the potential direct impacts of the coronavirus to include medical, personal accident, mortality, ... Read the full article

Coronavirus not an issue for Swiss Re, industry: CFO John Dacey

20th February 2020

Senior executives at Swiss Re have said that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is not expected to be a “material issue” for the company, or for the wider re/insurance industry. Speaking during a media call alongside the release of Swiss Re’s 2019 results, Group Chief Financial Officer John Dacey said that ... Read the full article

Chinese province to subsidise coronavirus cover for businesses

17th February 2020

Hainan, an island province in the southernmost region of China, has launched an insurance product designed to cover business losses relating to the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports from Reuters. The scheme has been co-launched by 12 re/insurers, including PICC, China Pacific Insurance Co, and Ping An Insurance Group. The Hainan government ... Read the full article

Extreme pandemic could exhaust 12% of US life capital: S&P

17th February 2020

Analysts at S&P Global Ratings have estimated that an extreme pandemic event could result in $52 billion of excess net mortality claims for US life re/insurers, or about 12% of aggregate industry capital. This hypothetical stress test was conducted against the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected 71,442 people ... Read the full article

Free coronavirus cover offered by insurtech WeSure

17th February 2020

WeSure, the insurance platform launched by Chinese multinational conglomerate Tencent in 2017, says over 100,000 medical professionals across the country signed up to its free coronavirus cover. The company has been active in establishing partnerships and products designed to tackle Covid-19, with one plan advertising up to £65,000 of protection for ... Read the full article

Coronavirus a “wakeup call for insurers”, says Aon’s Dutkiewicz

11th February 2020

Colin Dutkiewicz, Head of Life at Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions business, has said that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak should serve as a “wakeup call for insurers” to further analyse their exposure to epidemics and pandemics. With analysts now suggesting that the coronavirus could represent a significant risk for re/insurers across the globe, ... Read the full article

Coronavirus halts new policy sales for Hong Kong insurers: Report

10th February 2020

Insurance companies in Hong Kong are feeling the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak with policy sales declining significantly so far in 2020, according to a recent Bloomberg report. Insurers in the region are continuing to deal with a serious decline in new policy sales as a result of the recent protests ... Read the full article

Hannover Re exposure to coronavirus not significant, says CEO

5th February 2020

Hannover Re does not anticipate any significant exposure to losses that could stem from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jean-Jacques Henchoz. While it remains too early to assess losses, Hannover Re’s management is confident that the company has limited exposure to pandemic risk in Asia, ... Read the full article

Coronavirus poses limited threat to Chinese insurers: Moody’s

4th February 2020

Analysts at Moody’s Investors Service believe that the ongoing coronavirus outbreak poses only a limited threat to the Chinese insurance sector, with disruption likely to stem mostly from broader economic impacts. The firm noted that Hubei, the province at the centre of the outbreak, only accounted for around 4% of domestic ... Read the full article

Coronavirus risk highest for mortality-focused US life insurers: Fitch

3rd February 2020

Life insurers with high exposure to mortality risk could face the most potential credit risk if the spread of the coronavirus in the US continues to accelerate, according to Fitch Ratings. However, the impact on life insurers would vary based on product mix, use of reinsurance and potential geographic concentrations, Fitch ... Read the full article

Reinsurers face highest risks from coronavirus, says A.M. Best

31st January 2020

Analysts at AM Best believe that reinsurers could face higher levels of risk related to the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak than their primary life & health counterparts. The rating agency noted that reinsurers typically have higher exposures to mortality and morbidity risks, and may have as much as 40% or more of ... Read the full article

Coronavirus highlights lack of cover for outbreak-related BI

29th January 2020

Experts have said that global companies are expected to be faced with billions of dollars of losses as a result of disruptions caused by the new coronavirus in China, reports Reuters. The large majority of insurance claims from the new coronavirus in China are expected to be from businesses, most notably ... Read the full article

Coronavirus a low-risk threat for AIG, says Credit Suisse

29th January 2020

The potential impact of the Coronavirus on insurer AIG appears to be fairly low despite the company’s considerable exposure to pandemic risk and its high share in the Chinese P&C market, according to Credit Suisse. However, analysts cautioned that they were “not highly confident” in their assessment, given AIG’s evolving global ... Read the full article

Too early to understand China coronavirus threat, Swiss Re CEO explains

24th January 2020

The emerging outbreak of a previously unknown coronavirus in China is still in its early stages and data remains scarce making it challenging to understand how large a threat the virus could be, Swiss Re CEO Christian Mumenthaler explained recently. Speaking during an interview with Bloomberg TV at the World Economic ... Read the full article

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