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U.S P&C insurers’ financial leverage remains stable: Fitch

13th May 2019

U.S property and casualty (P&C) insurers’ financial leverage remained stable year-on-year, according to Fitch Ratings, who recorded the sector’s aggregate financial leverage ratio (FLR) at 'A-'. Fitch explained that the ratio implied debt rating guidelines at 22.6% for year-end 2018, which was down minimally from 22.9% at year-end 2017. "In the medium ... Read the full article

Reserve releases to augment U.S P&C underwriting profits: KBW

16th April 2019

Analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) are anticipating that 2019/2020 underwriting results for the U.S property and casualty (P&C) re/insurance sector will be augmented by higher than expected reserve releases. KBW estimates that the U.S P&C industry’s overall year-end 2018 statutory loss and defence and cost containment reserves were overstated ... Read the full article

Zurich CEO optimistic about P&C rates in 2019

25th January 2019

Mario Greco, Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Insurance Group, has said that the company is optimistic about the prospects for property and casualty (P&C) re/insurance pricing in 2019. Speaking in an interview with CNBC at the World Economic Forum 2019 event in Davos, Switzerland this week, Greco said that market conditions ... Read the full article

P&C reserve development risk to increase: Morgan Stanley

15th January 2019

Analysts at Morgan Stanley believe that the risk of adverse development in property and casualty (P&C) re/insurance reserves is likely to heighten over the coming years, potentially leading to a major earnings headwind. The firm’s annual actuarial reserve study revealed an overall industry reserve deficiency of $4.3 billion relative to $615 ... Read the full article

Outlook of Italian life, P&C remains stable on robust earnings: Moody’s

4th January 2019

Moody's Investors Service has kept the outlook on Italy's life and property and casualty (P&C) insurance sectors at stable. Meanwhile, sustained sales of unit-linked products support profitability for the life insurance sector and while earnings for the P&C sector will decline moderately they will remain robust. Moody’s says that, for life insurance ... Read the full article

Asbestos and environmental claims continue to rise: A.M. Best

21st December 2018

Asbestos and environmental claims currently cost the property and casualty (P&C) re/insurance industry around $1.9 billion and $800 million in additional losses per year, respectively, and show no signs of slowing down, according to A.M. Best. The rating agency has raised its estimate of the ultimate net environmental losses for the ... Read the full article

Fitch revises negative outlook as U.S P&C sector recovers

4th December 2018

Fitch Ratings has revised its outlook for the U.S property and casualty (P&C) sector from negative to stable due to a notable recovery in the market following a challenging 2017. The rating agency’s 2019 outlook report noted that U.S P&C profitability rebounded in 2018 after a meaningful underwriting loss in the ... Read the full article

U.S P&C industry performance improves over 2018: A.M. Best

23rd November 2018

The U.S property and casualty (P&C) re/insurance industry posted strong results over the first nine months of 2018, improving its net underwriting income significantly due to growth in net written premiums and relatively flat losses, according to A.M. Best. The rating agency’s First Look report found that net premiums written grew ... Read the full article

Rising motor prices drive improved outlook for French P&C sector: Moody’s

9th November 2018

Moody’s Investors Service has changed its outlook on the French Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance sector from negative to stable, reflecting rising prices and lower claims frequency in the key motor insurance market. French P&C insurers are also likely to benefit from a rise in interest rates, as they will gradually ... Read the full article

Rising P&C reinsurance rates put pressure on Caribbean cedents: A.M. Best

2nd November 2018

Primary property and casualty (P&C) insurers in the Caribbean market remained mired in a protracted soft market cycle, but rising reinsurance costs could force companies to introduce some much-needed rate increases, according to a report by A.M. Best. The rating agency noted that insurers were unable to implement rate enhancements in ... Read the full article

Agile partners with OnRisk InsurTech on P&C structuring platform

18th October 2018

Agile Risk Partners, a London-based MGA start-up, has partnered with OnRisk, a U.S InsurTech start-up, on the development of an advanced, CAD-style platform for underwriting, structuring and distributing high-value property and casualty (P&C) risk. Under the terms of the strategic partnership recently concluded by the parties, Agile will become an ... Read the full article

Smaller Q3 catastrophes will add up to “sizeable” losses: KBW

16th October 2018

Catastrophe losses for property and casualty (P&C) re/insurers over the third quarter of 2018 will drop dramatically year-on-year, but the large number of smaller events over this period will still produce sizeable losses, according to analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW). KBW estimates that global insured catastrophe losses for Q3 ... Read the full article

Michael will not meaningfully impact reinsurance pricing: J.P. Morgan

16th October 2018

Analysts at J.P. Morgan have claimed that even a loss towards the upper end of the range of initial insured loss estimates for Hurricane Michael would be manageable for the property and casualty (P&C) industry and unlikely to meaningfully affect reinsurance prices. Catastrophe modellers currently put the range of insured losses ... Read the full article

Reinsurance pricing to decline at 1/1 renewals, says J.P. Morgan

3rd October 2018

Reinsurance pricing is set to decline at 1 January 2019 renewals in light of manageable catastrophe losses over the third quarter of 2018, as well as ongoing overcapitalisation and the robust appetite of alternative capital markets, according to analysts at J.P. Morgan. Commercial re/insurers and personal lines are likely to have ... Read the full article

$15bn Florence losses could support P&C pricing, says Morgan Stanley

17th September 2018

Morgan Stanley has released an insured loss estimate of between $5 billion and $15 billion for damages relating to Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina on Thursday night, and has suggested that losses could support property and casualty (P&C) re/insurance pricing. Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 to ... Read the full article

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