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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.

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

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