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Life reinsurance industry news, analysis and insights.

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.

U.S. life/annuity insurers’ appetite for reinsurance growing, but options decline: A.M. Best

22nd January 2018

U.S. life/annuity insurers have an increased appetite for utilising reinsurance protection as a risk management tool, but consolidation in the U.S. life reinsurance sector is limiting the options for primary players, according to ratings agency A.M. Best. A.M. Best states that U.S. life/annuity insurance companies have increased the aggregate face amount ... Read the full article

U.S. life reinsurance market forecast as stable for 2018: A.M. Best

17th January 2018

A.M. Best's outlook for the U.S. life reinsurance market for 2018 is stable, with the market characterised by modest growth, mortality levels that remain within pricing parameters and the strong positions of major players. Michael Adams, A.M. Best, Senior Financial Analyst, commenting on the stable outlook, said; "reinsurers are somewhat less ... Read the full article

Langhorne Re launched by RGA and RenRe as in-force life & annuity reinsurer

11th January 2018

Two major global reinsurance firms, Reinsurance Group of America and RenaissanceRe, have launched a new start-up named Langhorne Re, which will target in-force life and annuity business and leverage third-party capital as part of its backing. Langhorne Re will be a global reinsurer targeting large in-force life and annuity blocks, the ... Read the full article

SCOR completes acquisition of mutual life/health reinsurer MutRé

3rd January 2018

French reinsurance firm SCOR has said today it has successfully completed its 100% acquisition of MutRé S.A., a reinsurer that SCOR has held a 33% stake in since 1998. SCOR has now acquired 100% of the outstanding shares in MutRé S.A., a mutual reinsurer, established to serve the social economy in ... Read the full article

SCOR to reinsure block of Aegon’s life reinsurance business

28th December 2017

Aegon has announced an agreement to divest a block of life reinsurance business to French reinsurer SCOR, and also revealed that it is to dissolve a related captive insurance firm. Under the agreement, Aegon's Transamerica life subsidiaries will reinsure $750 million of liabilities to SCOR, which covers roughly 50% of the ... Read the full article

RGA in £900mn asset and longevity transaction with LV=

19th December 2017

Global, U.S.-based life reinsurance company, Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated (RGA), has completed a £900 million (US$1.2bn) asset and longevity risk transaction with Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (LV=). The transaction sees RGA reinsure roughly £900 million in individual annuity business, while no additional terms of the transaction are being disclosed. Executive Vice President ... Read the full article

Reinsurance reduces operational costs for life insurers: Swiss Re

13th December 2017

To improve profitability and value of life insurance products, life insurers have been effectively leveraging reinsurance and capital markets by transferring longevity risk exposures, according to Swiss Re's latest sigma report. Reinsurance and capital market solutions have made life insurers more competitive, improving profitability through reducing mortality, morbidity and longevity risk ... Read the full article

Zurich buying ANZ’s Australian life insurance business for AU $2.85bn

12th December 2017

Insurance giant Zurich is making a strong move to strengthen its business in Australia, lining up an acquisition of ANZ’s life insurance businesses, OnePath Life, in Australia for AU $2.85 billion (US $2.14 billion). The acquisition will leave Zurich as the market leading retail life insurer in Australia and the company ... Read the full article

French P&C sector faces headwinds: Moody’s

8th December 2017

Moody's outlook for the French P&C insurance sector remains negative as intense competition causes further downwards pricing pressure and investment income suffers from low interest rates. Overall, P&C combined ratios are expected to remain at 100%, or break even, and motor insurance is forecast to remain unprofitable at the underwriting level, ... Read the full article

UK life insurance sector revised to stable: Fitch

6th December 2017

Fitch Ratings has revised its outlook for the UK life insurance sector to stable from negative, as a result of the individual annuity market stabilising and ongoing demand for savings and asset management products. Firms remaining in the annuity market are expected to make significant use of longevity reinsurance to minimise ... Read the full article

Swiss Re’s ReAssure buying 1.1m Legal & General life policies for £650m

6th December 2017

ReAssure, the closed life book consolidator specialist unit of global reinsurance firm Swiss Re, is to acquire 1.1 million life insurance policies from Legal & General in a deal worth UK £650 million. The transaction strengthens ReAssure's position in the United Kingdon and the firm says it is consistent with its ... Read the full article

Pension Insurance Corporation concludes $975mn UK pension fund buy-in

30th November 2017

Pension Insurance Corporation has concluded a £725 million ($975mn) full buy-in with the Trustee of the Former Registered Dock Workers Pension Fund. The buy-in fully removes the Fund's pension liabilities risk along with its existing insurance policies. The Former Registered Dock Workers Pension Fund is a multi employer pension scheme covering dock ... Read the full article

New York Life appoints Donna Kinnaird to Board of Directors

27th October 2017

New York Life Insurance has appointed former senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), Donna Kinnaird, to its Board of Directors with effect from October 15, 2017. Kinnaird served as senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of RGA from 2012 to 2017, where ... Read the full article

UK life insurers report strong business volumes: PwC

27th September 2017

UK life insurers reported an optimistic outlook with strong volumes of business in the last three months - a contrast to insurance brokers who saw their market position stagnate as growth stalled for the first time in four years, according to the latest CBI/PwC financial services survey. The thriving life insurance is ... Read the full article

U.S. life reinsurance a beacon of stability

14th September 2017

In a year where many insurance and reinsurance segments have seen profit margins squeezed and growth challenged by a growing onslaught of alternative and new market entrants, the life reinsurance segment has remained a beacon of stability. In contrast with many other re/insurance lines, life re/insurance has been characterised by the ... Read the full article