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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

US life & annuity still faces challenges, says AM Best

17th March 2021

Analysts at AM Best have warned that the US life and annuity (L/A) sector still faces significant challenges despite weathering the COVID-19 pandemic so far. The rating agency noted that most US L/A companies remain well capitalised and have benefited from favorable mortality and morbidity experience, low credit impairments and rebounding ... Read the full article

Pacific Life Re strikes partnership with ThaiRe Life

22nd February 2021

Pacific Life Re and ThaiRe Life Assurance PCL have announced the formation of a new partnership to provide sustainable life reinsurance solutions to Thailand-based life insurance operators. The collaboration is expected to bring Pacific Life Re’s technical and product development expertise together with ThaiRe Life’s insights and standing in the local ... Read the full article

Monument Re finalises portfolio transfer from Omega Life

12th February 2021

Life reinsurance and insurance holding company Monument Re has completed a portfolio transfer from Omega Life. The Omega Life book was transferred into the Italian Branch of Monument Assurance Luxembourg S.A at the end of December 2020, Monument Re explained. Omega Life is an Ireland-domiciled life assurance company that has been closed ... Read the full article

Lemonade launches life insurance using Bestow platform

10th February 2021

Insurtech firm Lemonade has announced that it will power its recently launched life insurance offering with the Protect API platform from Bestow, a digital life insurance company. Using Bestow’s platform, Lemonade customers can apply for instant insurance online using Lemonade’s website and apps. Customers are underwritten in real-time, using third-party data to ... Read the full article

National Western Life enters into annuity reinsurance transaction with Prosperity

19th January 2021

National Western Life Insurance Company (NWLIC), part of National Western Life Group, Inc., has completed an annuity reinsurance transaction with Bermuda domiciled reinsurer, Prosperity Life Assurance Limited, effective December 31st, 2020. Prosperity, which is rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best, is an emerging provider of bespoke and innovative reinsurance solutions to ... Read the full article

Oceanview Re enters $1bn fixed annuity reserves transaction

24th December 2020

Oceanview Reinsurance Ltd., a recently established life reinsurer based in Bermuda, has entered into a transaction to assume approximately $1 billion of fixed annuity reserves from an A++ rated US life insurer which represents legacy fixed annuity business. The reinsurer is led by President and CEO Alberto Autmezguine, who previously served ... Read the full article

Fitch warns of investment challenges for German life sector

24th December 2020

Fitch Ratings has warned that the German life re/insurance sector is likely to face significant investment challenges once the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, which is set to prolong the ultra-low interest rates that have troubled the country since the 2008 crisis. The rating agency believes that interest rates will ... Read the full article

Resilient profits underpin stable Chinese life outlook: Moody’s

21st December 2020

Moody's Investors Service has assigned a stable outlook to the Chinese life insurance industry for 2021, citing resilient profitability and capitalisation. Large recurring premiums, which reflects the industry's earlier efforts to shift its product focus to long-term regular premium policies, will also improve overall income stability, Moody’s said. And business growth could ... Read the full article

Japanese life premiums suffer but capital remains strong: Moody’s

9th December 2020

According to analysts at Moody’s, disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have significantly impacted new policy sales for the four major Japanese life insurers. However, the rating agency added that core profits among this group remain solid, and capitalisation has also improved but remains vulnerable to market shocks. Overall, in-force business, capital ... Read the full article

Chubb & Nubank launch digital life offering in Brazil

4th December 2020

Global re/insurer Chubb has announced a new digital life offering in Brazil, launched in partnership with digital bank and fintech firm Nubank. The offering, called Nubank Vida, is underwritten by Chubb and will be made available to Nubank’s 30 million customers across Brazil. Basic coverage includes natural or accidental death and funeral ... Read the full article

Fitch stays negative on US life

4th December 2020

Fitch Ratings has maintained its negative outlook on the US life insurance industry for 2021 due to ongoing concerns about the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysts explained that the economic shock could cause deterioration in key credit metrics over the next one to two years. "Fitch's negative rating outlook for ... Read the full article

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