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News related to flood insurance and reinsurance, including: new products and market innovation; flood insurance market loss events; companies underwriting flood insurance or reinsurance; public flood insurance through the NFIP; and the expanding availability of private market flood coverage.

Just 15% – 20% of Florence exposure might be passed to reinsurers: Analysts

14th September 2018

Examining the distribution of losses from 2017 hurricanes, combined with looking at the market structure and penetration, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and state windstorm pools, suggests reinsurers might only assume 15% to 20% of the hurricane Florence exposure, based on a $10 billion insured loss. As the storm continues ... Read the full article

Carriers sufficiently reinsured to withstand Hurricane Lane losses: A.M. Best

29th August 2018

Insurance carriers operating in Hawaii have sufficient capital and appropriate reinsurance programs in place to effectively absorb losses resulting from Hurricane Lane, which battered Hawaii with floods and landslides last week, according to A.M. Best. While Hurricane Lane never quite made direct landfall on Hawaii, it brought over 50 inches ... Read the full article

Flooding and landslides begin as Category 3 Hurricane Lane nears Hawaii

24th August 2018

Parts of Hawaii have experienced flash-flooding and landslides as downgraded Category 3 Hurricane Lane approaches the U.S state, bringing winds of 125mph (200km/h) and heavy rainfall, and causing reinsurance market exposure through aggregate contracts. Lane continues to weaken as it draws closer to the Hawaiian islands, although its outer bands have ... Read the full article

Half of Australia’s Hobart storm claims paid as insured losses reach $100mn

21st August 2018

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has announced that over half of the insurance claims relating to the flooding and storm that hit the Australian city of Hobart, Tasmania over May 10-11 have now been closed as the insurance bill nears AUD $100 million (USD $73 million). The $99.72 million figure ... Read the full article

Reinsurers likely to raise India flood rates following Kerala loss

21st August 2018

Re/insurance experts in India are expecting to see an increase in the premium charged by reinsurers for covering flood risk following the recent disaster in the Kerala region, which has caused estimated economic losses in excess of US $3 billion, according to the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS). IANS reported that ... Read the full article

Kerala, India floods to cost $3bn, insurers told to expedite claims

20th August 2018

Severe flooding in the Kerala region of India is now expected to drive economic losses of at least US $3 billion, while the toll for the insurance industry is anticipated to rise. Based on the scale of the flooding and the still developing catastrophe in the Kerala region this estimate could ... Read the full article

MS&AD incurs $600mn loss from Japan’s July floods

9th August 2018

Japanese insurer MS&AD has incurred expected gross losses of 66 billion yen (US $594.3 million) following Japan’s historic flooding in July 2018, which caused widespread property damage across the southwest of the country and left 225 people dead. MS&AD said that the loss estimate, which was calculated on information available ... Read the full article

Parametric insurtech FloodFlash secures $1.9m in seed funding

3rd August 2018

FoodFlash, an insurtech that offers parametric insurance solutions to previously un-insurable flood risks, has raised $1.9 million in seed funding from LocalGlobe, Pentech Ventures and InsurTech Gateway. FloodFlash leverages internet-connected water sensors to trigger a pre-agreed fixed sum immediately to a policyholder. An example of event-based insurance, settlement is made based on ... Read the full article

FEMA completes $500mn NFIP cat bond reinsurance deal

1st August 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has successfully secured $500 million of reinsurance for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from the capital markets with the issuance of its FloodSmart Re 2018-1 catastrophe bond. The transaction, which was backed by more than 35 capital markets investors, significantly expands FEMA’s reinsurance program, ... Read the full article

Swiss Re partnership targets property protection gap in Florida

30th July 2018

Swiss Re has partnered with Florida-based homeowners insurer Security First to provide policyholders with increased protection from water damage, including flood coverage. Ratings are to be based on Swiss Re’s proprietary flood model and priced according to the individual risk exposure. This allows for a more sophisticated delineation of premiums based on ... Read the full article

FEMA increases NFIP cat bond reinsurance value to $500mn

26th July 2018

The U.S Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has significantly increased the scope of the capital markets reinsurance that it has secured for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) via the issuance of its first catastrophe bond to $500 million. Issued via FloodSmart Re, a Bermuda domiciled special purpose insurance vehicle, Read the full article

FEMA urges at-risk Floridians to secure & maintain flood insurance

25th July 2018

As the hurricane season reaches its midway-point, the U.S Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has called on Floridians to secure and maintain flood insurance. FEMA states that only half of Florida homeowners in high-risk areas had insurance against flooding before hurricane Irma made landfall late last year. Concurrently, however, the National Flood ... Read the full article

Munich Re launches new commercial U.S inland flood solution

24th July 2018

Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., a subsidiary of reinsurance giant Munich Re, has launched a new U.S commercial inland flood product aimed at small businesses and habitational properties located in low-to-moderate flood zones. The endorsement offers insurance protection for the building, contents (including business property in a basement), business interruption/extra expense, the ... Read the full article

FEMA launches first NFIP cat bond via FloodSmart Re

19th July 2018

The U.S Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched its first catastrophe bond to transfer risk from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to the capital markets. Issued via FloodSmart Re, a Bermuda domiciled special purpose insurance vehicle, the catastrophe bond will attempt to secure $275 million of reinsurance protection for ... Read the full article

Cattolica in national nat cat scheme for religious buildings in Italy

18th July 2018

Cattolica Assicurazioni, Italy’s sixth largest insurer, has finalised an agreement with the Episcopal Conference of Italy (CEI) to provide a re/insurance policy that will protect religious buildings from natural catastrophe risks in all 25,796 parishes of the 225 Italian dioceses. The policy is believed to be the first national scheme of ... Read the full article