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Our life reinsurance market news stories cover happenings in the life reinsurance industry, people moves, new company launches, life reinsurance company results, product innovation and more.

Gen Re supports launch of new Chinese life insurance product

31st August 2021

Gen Re, the global reinsurance subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, has backed the launch of a new life insurance product by Fanhua Inc. in China. The product, which is also backed by Dingcheng Life Insurance Co., Ltd, is a customized whole-life insurance solution that targets at mid-and-high net worth individuals, and is ... Read the full article

Balance Re raises $10m in Series A funding

20th August 2021

Life reinsurance startup with a focus on quantitative asset-liability management, Balance Re, has raised $10 million in Series A funding from investor Anthemis Group, with participation from Global Brain and existing investors, Roland Berger Industries GmbH and Talabot Finance. The company's new shareholders, Anthemis and Global Brain, bring extensive knowledge of ... Read the full article

Hannover Re US incorporates ExamOne data into underwriting platform

19th August 2021

Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America (Hannover Re US) has announced a collaboration with ExamOne, a Quest Diagnostics Company, to incorporate ExamOne’s innovative LabPiQture data into hr | ReFlex, Hannover Re’s automated underwriting solution for life insurers. The integration will allow hr | ReFlex clients to automate the use of LabPiQture’s ... Read the full article

KKR’s Global Atlantic seals $4.8bn whole life reinsurance deal with AXA

13th July 2021

Global Atlantic Financial Group, the majority-owned subsidiary of investment giant KKR, has announced the completion of a $4.8 billion whole life reinsurance deal with China-focused units of AXA Group. It's the first block reinsurance transaction sourced from outside of the United States by Global Atlantic, as the company continues to expand ... Read the full article

India life industry premiums to hit $98.5bn in 2024: GlobalData

12th July 2021

The life insurance industry in India is projected to grow from INR 5.7 trillion (US $81.4bn) in 2019 to INR 8.0 trillion ($98.5bn) in 2024, in terms of gross written premium (GWP), according to analysts at GlobalData. GlobalData, which has revised its India forecasts in the aftermath of COVID, believes that ... Read the full article

Moody’s turns stable on UK life sector

8th July 2021

Moody’s has decided to change its outlook on the UK life insurance sector to stable from negative, one year after the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a shift to negative The rating agency notes that the sector’s operating profit and capitalisation were resilient in 2020, and are expected to remain robust over ... Read the full article

No question you’ll see more life reinsurers in Bermuda: Brad Adderley, Appleby

2nd July 2021

While the emergence of property and casualty (P&C) startups in Bermuda is likely to be muted in the months ahead, the influx of life reinsurers is expected to continue and will only strengthen the Bermuda marketplace, according to Brad Adderley, Partner at global law firm Appleby. An expectation of significant rate ... Read the full article

Moody’s turns stable on global life sector

16th June 2021

Moody’s Investors Service has changed its outlook for the global life insurance sector to stable from negative, based on expectations for near-term growth prospects and a more favourable operating environment. The outlook revision follows a change to stable outlook for US life insurers and Japanese life insurers. Despite sustained low interest rates, ... Read the full article

“Exciting time” for Global Atlantic as clients seek post-pandemic optimization: Manu Sareen

15th June 2021

It is an “exciting time” in the life and annuity market as the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and prolonged low interest environment have created new opportunities for reinsurance players such as Global Atlantic. This is according to Manu Sareen, President for Institutional Markets at Global Atlantic and CEO of ... Read the full article

Moody’s improves Japan life outlook to stable

8th June 2021

Moody’s has revised its industry outlook for Japan’s life insurance sector from negative to stable, based on improving capitalization, resilient underwriting profit and a recovering operating environment. The rating agency believes that these factors will enable insurers to maintain their credit strengths over the next 12-18 months, despite lingering threats from ... Read the full article

SCOR develops claims rules engine for life business

21st May 2021

Reinsurer SCOR has developed a Claims Rules Engine (CRE) as a management solution for its life business, designed to accelerate claims lodgement and decision making, while freeing up claims assessor to support more complex claims. The SCOR CRE leverages Smart Rules, using behavioural economics principles to create a simple claims-lodging process ... Read the full article

Resolution Life sees commitments hit $5bn following latest capital raise

14th May 2021

Resolution Life has raised an additional $1.6 billion of capital which will be used to support its growth strategy via the acquisition and reinsurance of life insurance portfolios. This latest capital raise means that since its launch in September of 2018, Resolution Life has now secured commitments of roughly $5 billion. Investors ... Read the full article

Demand for life reinsurance consistent despite pandemic: RGA COO Néemeh

13th May 2021

Despite the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and elevated mortality in many parts of the world, demand for life reinsurance "continues pretty much as it has," according to Alain Néemeh, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Reinsurance Group of America (RGA). Since the arrival of the ... Read the full article

Interest rates to pressure European life earnings through 2021: Fitch

27th April 2021

Analysts at Fitch Ratings have forecast that European life re/insurers’ earnings will be under pressure through 2021, due to the protracted low interest rate environment. As a result of these low interest rates, investment margins will be reduced, making it difficult for insurers to finance policyholders’ liability with capital guarantees, the ... Read the full article

Life reinsurers remain profitable despite COVID: Fitch

26th April 2021

Analysts at Fitch have reported that the world’s largest life and health reinsurers remained profitable in 2020, as heightened mortality losses from the coronavirus pandemic have only moderately impacted the segment so far. Fitch expects mortality claims related to the pandemic to decline in 2021 for Hannover Rueck SE, Munich Reinsurance ... Read the full article

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