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Insurance and reinsurance pricing news

News on pricing in global insurance and reinsurance markets, with a particular focus on renewal rates on line in reinsurance and commercial insurance pricing trends.

“Absolutely crucial” to sustain pricing discipline: AXIS CEO Benchimol

10th May 2022

Albert Benchimol, President and CEO of AXIS Capital Holdings, has asserted that it is “absolutely crucial” that insurers continue to sustain pricing discipline in order to deliver an adequate return on capital and fulfil its role as “a safety net for the free markets.” Speaking during a Q1 earnings call, Benchimol ... Read the full article

Nearly all commercial rates up over Q1: IVANS

4th May 2022

Premium renewal rates increased for all major commercial lines of business year-over-year, with the exception of Workers' Compensation, according to the first quarter results of the insurance premium renewal index by IVANS, a division of Applied Systems. The data shows that Q1 also experienced an increase in average premium renewal rate ... Read the full article

Re/insurance markets challenging for buyers despite moderation: MMC

29th April 2022

John Doyle, Group President and Chief Operating Officer at broking firm Marsh McLennan (MMC), has said that the insurance and reinsurance markets remain broadly “challenging” for its clients despite some recent deceleration in pricing. Speaking during an MMC Q1 earnings call, Doyle said that, while rate increases had moderated recently, buyers ... Read the full article

Capital build-up could undermine pricing discipline: BofA

21st April 2022

Analysts at Bank of America (BofA) have warned that a build-up of capital in the reinsurance industry could begin to undermine pricing discipline over time. BofA noted that capital is building in both the traditional and insurance-linked securities (ILS) sections of the reinsurance industry, and expressed concern over a possible knock-on ... Read the full article

Fitch predicts P&C profit improvement on pricing, auto results

13th April 2022

Continued favourable commercial lines pricing and stabilization in personal auto results are expected to lead to 2022 underwriting and profit improvement for US property casualty (P&C) insurers, according to analysts at Fitch Ratings. In contrast the rating agency believes that surplus growth is likely to diminish significantly relative to the past ... Read the full article

Aircraft lessors face huge insurance cost rise: reports

8th April 2022

With insurers and reinsurers still bracing for potentially historic aviation losses from the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, reports suggest that aircraft lessors are already seeing huge hikes in the cost of their coverage. Quoting the Chief Executive of major lessor BOC Aviation Ltd this week, Reuters has reported that aviation ... Read the full article

Pricing pressure faded at nuanced Japan renewals: Gallagher Re

8th April 2022

Analysts at Gallagher Re have reported that continued reinsurer pricing pressure faded during the course of the April 1 renewals in Japan, which was characterised by an “orderly” process with nuanced pricing dynamics. For property catastrophe excess of loss business in Japan, Gallagher Re reported that a limited amount of new ... Read the full article

Rate growth maintained at 6% through Q1: MarketScout

7th April 2022

The composite rate increase across insurance and reinsurance lines across the first quarter of 2022 was 6%, according to data from US electronic insurance exchange and specialty MGA MarketScout shows. The figure represented a slight increase over growth of 5.8% for the fourth quarter, as re/insurers continued to assess rate increases ... Read the full article

Non-life reinsurers experiencing strong pricing momentum: AM Best

6th April 2022

Rating agency AM Best has reported that non-life reinsurers are experiencing their strongest pricing momentum in recent history, despite new market entrants, robust capitalisation, and further alignment with third-party capital providers' interests. While AM Best anticipates continued pricing improvement throughout 2022, the impact on overall premium may be more complex to ... Read the full article

Pricing must remain favourable to outstrip inflation: Gallagher Re

29th March 2022

Analysts at reinsurance broker Gallagher Re have contended that pricing and terms need to remain favourable in order for re/insurers to maintain or grow margins in 2022 and 2023. Reflecting on recent conference calls, the broker noted that inflation remains one of the most widely discussed themes among senior executives. Last year, ... Read the full article

Hard market conditions diminishing but still sufficient: Fitch

22nd March 2022

Looking at the earnings of the major European reinsurers, analysts at Fitch Ratings have said that the hardening market conditions are diminishing but still remain strong enough to counterbalance rising risks from economic inflation and financial market volatility. Hannover Re, Munich Re, SCOR and Swiss Re all ... Read the full article

US commercial prices up 7% through Q4: WTW

10th March 2022

U.S. commercial insurance prices rose again in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to WTW’s latest Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS), with the aggregate commercial price change measured at 7%. The survey compared prices charged on policies underwritten during the fourth quarter of 2021 with those charged for the same ... Read the full article

Goldman Sachs forecasts reinsurance hardening through to 2024

16th February 2022

Analysts at Goldman Sachs have forecast that a combination of higher underlying general inflation and the impact of climate change will drive a further hardening of the reinsurance market through 2022 to 2024, with ROEs improving to or above their targeted range. The firms notes that the reinsurance cycle has lagged ... Read the full article

January marks decrease for most premium renewal rates: IVANS

15th February 2022

IVANS, a division of Applied Systems, has released the January results of its insurance premium renewal rate index, which show a majority of commercial lines of business experienced a decrease in average premium renewal rates, compared with the previous month. Month over month, premium renewal rates increased for lines of business ... Read the full article

Hardening market causing capacity concerns for MGAs: AM Best

15th February 2022

Analysts at AM Best have warned that hardening underwriting conditions and reduced availability of underwriting capacity are posing challenges for UK Managing General Agents (MGAs). The rating agency sees MGAs with profitable records, niche business, or strong technology integration as being best positioned to navigate these difficult conditions. Accessing financially secure capacity ... Read the full article