Reinsurance News


News on catastrophe and man-made losses that impact or could impact the reinsurance industry and reinsurers around the globe.

Global insured losses from natural catastrophes in 2022 seen at $140bn by Gallagher Re

30th January 2023

For the fifth year since 2017, insurance and reinsurance industry losses from natural catastrophe events exceeded the $100 billion threshold in 2022 at a huge $140 billion, reports reinsurance broker Gallagher Re. The broker's 2022 Natural Catastrophe report, published today, notes another year of complex natural disaster events in 2022, which ... Read the full article

PERILS raises industry loss estimate for SE Australia flooding to $840m

26th January 2023

Zurich-based catastrophe insurance data provider PERILS has disclosed its second industry loss estimate for the Southeast Australia floods in October 2022, amounting to AUD 840m ($600m). This second estimate follows an initial loss estimate of AUD 791m, which was issued by PERILS on 8 December 2022, marking an AUD 49m ... Read the full article

Natural disasters caused over $130bn global insured losses in 2022: Aon

25th January 2023

A new Aon report has estimated that global insured losses caused by natural disasters exceeded $130 billion in 2022, mainly driven by Hurricane Ian, which is the second-costliest event on record from an insurance perspective. The 2023 Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight report, revealed that natural disasters caused a $313 billion ... Read the full article

Moody’s RMS estimates $5-7bn in economic losses from California flooding

25th January 2023

Global catastrophe and risk modelling solutions firm, Moody’s RMS estimates total US economic losses from the recent California flooding to be between $5-7 billion. This estimate reflects inland flood impacts for the US, which includes damage to infrastructure. The insured losses are anticipated to be between $0.5-1.5 billion, including losses to ... Read the full article

Aviva incurs £50m hit from UK’s December freeze

25th January 2023

London-headquartered insurer Aviva has provided an update on its general insurance lines for the fourth quarter of the year, including £50 million of losses from severe weather last month. The company reported that its general insurance businesses in the UK, Ireland and Canada all continued to “trade positively” over the closing ... Read the full article

Global cat insured losses in Q4 2022 less than $10bn, says JP Morgan

20th January 2023

Analysts at JP Morgan have estimated Q4 global catastrophe insured losses of less than $10 billion. The analysts attribute this largely to two large natural catastrophes in North America, Hurricane Nicole in November and Winter Storm Elliott in December. P&C insurance company, The Hanover, recently reported estimated catastrophe losses of $190 ... Read the full article

The Hanover reports Q4 cat losses of $190m, mostly from Elliott

19th January 2023

P&C insurance company The Hanover has reported estimated catastrophe losses of $190 million for the fourth quarter of 2022, of which $165 million, or 87%, were driven by Winter Storm Elliott. At this level, the pre-tax loss represented 13.9 points of net earned premiums, and was approximately $137 million above the ... Read the full article

Canadian insured losses from cat events total $3.1bn in 2022: CatIQ

19th January 2023

Canada's 2022 catastrophic events have caused insured losses of over CAN $3 billion, a mark that hasn’t been reached since 2016 when a wildfire devastated Fort McMurray, AB, says Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc. (CatIQ). There was a total of 15 events which incurred at least $30 million in insured losses ... Read the full article

California flooding losses to exceed $30bn, just $1bn to be insured: Argenta

19th January 2023

Only $1bn is expected to be insured from an estimated economic loss of over $30bn caused by fierce storms, torrential rain, high winds and flooding that the state of California has experienced since late December 2022, according to Argenta analysts. These events have pushed thousands of people to evacuate their homes, ... Read the full article

Allstate falls to Q4 loss as Storm Elliott drives $779m cat bill

19th January 2023

US primary insurer Allstate has reported a preliminary net loss for the fourth quarter of 2022, as costs from Winter Storm Elliott contributed to an overall catastrophe loss of $779 million for the Q4 period, pre-tax. The company estimates its overall Q4 loss at between $285 million and $335 million, or ... Read the full article

Catastrophe losses nearing agg trigger for Travelers as CEO sees exceptional underlying results

17th January 2023

U.S primary insurer Travelers has pre-announced estimated catastrophe losses of USD 459 million pre-tax (USD 362m after-tax), net of reinsurance, for the fourth quarter of 2022, but still expects to report an underlying, pre-tax underwriting gain of USD 723 million (USD 571m after-tax) for the period. Catastrophe losses for Q4 2022 ... Read the full article

Intact Financial estimates Q4 cat losses at $143m

13th January 2023

Intact Financial Corporation, a Toronto-based property and casualty (P&C) insurer, has announced estimated catastrophe losses for Q4 2022 of approximately $143 million, pre-tax. Cat losses in the Canadian segment were: Personal Lines $13 million, Commercial Lines $64 million. In the UK and Ireland segment, cat losses were: Personal Lines $63 million, ... Read the full article

Munich Re pegs global insured nat cat losses at $120bn in 2022

10th January 2023

Global catastrophes around the world drove estimated economic losses of USD 270 billion in 2022, of which roughly 44% or USD 120 billion were covered by re/insurance, resulting in another above-average year of losses for the industry, according to figures from one of the world's largest reinsurers, Munich Re. At USD ... Read the full article

Storm Elliott to have limited impact on Lloyd’s syndicates: Argenta

5th January 2023

Argenta Holdings, the Lloyd's service company, managing agent and syndicate owner, has predicted that Winter Storm Elliott in North America will have only a “limited impact” on the Lloyd’s syndicates market. Reflecting on KCC’s insured loss estimate of $5.4 billion, Argenta says at this level primary carriers will generally not ... Read the full article

Significant increase in weather-related cat losses over last 20 years: CRESTA

3rd January 2023

CRESTA, the re/insurance industry organisation that provides a global standard for risk accumulation zones and cat industry losses, has released its Q4 update of the CRESTA Industry Loss Index (CLIX), highlighting a significant rise in weather-related catastrophe losses over the last 20 years. CRESTA states that the CLIX index provides industry ... Read the full article