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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.

Rates diverge between loss-affected accounts at 1/1 renewals: Peel Hunt

15th January 2019

Property catastrophe re/insurance rates fell by an average of 1% at the January renewals, but there was a wide divergence in trends between loss-affected and loss-free accounts, according to analysts at Peel Hunt. The firm attributed some of the muted results at the recent 1/1 renewals to the focus on European ... Read the full article

London marine energy market “chaotic” but hardening: JLT

15th January 2019

The London marine energy re/insurance market continues to exhibit “chaotic and undisciplined” underwriting practices but finally seems to be emerging from a prolonged period of softening rates, according to analysts at JLT. The firm’s latest quarterly energy report observed that the predominately younger workforce in the London and Lloyd’s markets has ... Read the full article

European re/insurers to maintain stable pricing through 2019: Deutsche Bank

15th January 2019

Most European insurers and reinsurers are likely to maintain existing pricing trends through 2019 as last year’s catastrophe losses look set to keep the market stable for now, according to analysts at Deutsche Bank. A recent report from the firm noted that loss activity (particularly in the U.S) was lower year-on-year ... Read the full article

Rates continue to increase across commercial lines at Q4: IVANS

14th January 2019

Premium renewal rates during the fourth quarter of 2018 continued to increase across almost all commercial lines, according to the latest IVANS Index report. IVANS, which is a division of Applied Systems, found that premiums increased across almost every major commercial line when compared with Q3, with the exception of Workers’ ... Read the full article

Reinsurance rates increase by 1.1% at Jan renewals: Guy Carpenter

14th January 2019

Reinsurance brokerage Guy Carpenter has said that the limited movement of rates at the recent January 1, 2019 renewals has raised concerns about pricing adequacy, underwriting strategy and the amount of capital available in the market. The firm’s Global Rate on Line (RoL) Index, which measures the change in catastrophe premium ... Read the full article

Reinsurance rates to improve through mid-year 2019: Goldman Sachs

11th January 2019

While early indications indicate that reinsurance pricing was largely flat at the January 2019 renewals, analysts at Goldman Sachs are confident that rates will improve later in the year at the renewals in April and June. The firm argued that two consecutive years of elevated catastrophe activity should lead to improved ... Read the full article

“Interesting” 1/1 market dynamics to continue into April: Aon

11th January 2019

Re/insurance broker Aon has said that the “interesting” market dynamics that affected reinsurance pricing at the recent 1 January renewals are likely to continue to influence rates throughout the coming year. The company’s ‘Reinsurance Market Outlook 2019’ report noted that reinsurance buyers continue to secure protection at accretive cost of capital ... Read the full article

U.S commercial rates continue stable rise over Q4: MarketScout

10th January 2019

The U.S commercial insurance composite rate continued to rise by a modest but stable 2% over the fourth quarter of 2018, according to data from MarketScout, a U.S electronic insurance exchange and specialty MGA. MarketScout noted that this result was in line with the composite rate increase for the entire year ... Read the full article

Downstream energy rates set to improve after difficult 2018: JLT

8th January 2019

Rates in the downstream energy sector look set to improve in 2019 as re/insurance companies finally take a stand against increasingly poor underwriting results over the last few years, according to analysts at JLT. The re/insurer’s latest quarterly energy report noted that management oversight and pressure to turn rates around has ... Read the full article

Retro market disruptions may impact future renewals: Willis Re

7th January 2019

Disruptions and trapped collateral in the retrocession market may have an impact on first-tier reinsurance property catastrophe pricing levels over the upcoming 2019 renewals, according to broker Willis Re. The analysis came as part of the firm's latest 1st View report, which found that reinsurance rates at the 1 January ... Read the full article

Pricing broadly stable across U.S casualty renewals, finds Willis Re

3rd January 2019

The latest 1st View report from Willis Re has found that U.S casualty reinsurance pricing trends were mixed at the 1 January 2019 renewals, with pockets of rate increases and decreases across a broadly stable market. The findings came as part of the broker's wider market analysis, which found that Read the full article

January renewals highlight reinsurance “pricing gap”: Willis Re

2nd January 2019

The January 2019 reinsurance renewals have highlighted a "pricing gap" between cedants with peak peril exposure or poor loss records and other accounts, according to a new report from broker Willis Re. The company earlier told the Financial Times that reinsurance rate increases did not materialise at the 1 January renewals, ... Read the full article

Flood Re premiums cut by up to £112 for 2019

2nd January 2019

Flood Re, the UK’s government-backed reinsurance scheme, has cut the reinsurance premiums it charges to insurance companies as of 1 January 2019, which in turn should lower the cost of flood protection for those most at risk of flooding in the UK. Premiums charged by Flood Re to insurers are set ... Read the full article

Pricing set to improve across UK specialty classes in 2019, say analysts

19th December 2018

Consecutive periods of above-average large losses are set to cause a positive reaction in pricing across a range of UK specialty classes in 2019, according to analysts at J.P. Morgan. The firm noted that 2018 saw a higher incidence of man-made losses, putting classes like Marine under additional pressure, while pricing ... Read the full article

KBW anticipating modest rate improvements at 1/1 renewals

18th December 2018

Analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) are expecting low single-digit increases in reinsurance pricing at the 1 January 2019 renewals due to the significant catastrophe losses experienced this year and some constraint on the supply of alternative capital. KBW acknowledged that the abundance of third-party capital in the property catastrophe ... Read the full article