Reinsurance News


QBE underwriting profits to dip on reinsurance costs & inflation: Fitch

25th November 2022

Analysts at Fitch Ratings have warned that the underwriting profitability of QBE Insurance Group is expected to moderate over the next six to 18 months due to inflationary pressure and higher reinsurance costs. Fitch affirmed its Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of 'A-' and Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) Ratings of 'A+' ... Read the full article

QBE anticipates exhausting FY22 catastrophe allowance

21st November 2022

QBE Insurance Group Limited expects to incur full-year 2022 catastrophe losses of around AUD 1.06 billion, which is above its catastrophe allowance for the year of AUD 962 million. The Australian insurer has released a trading update for the third-quarter of 2022, which highlights that elevated catastrophe activity has continued through ... Read the full article

QBE NA hires Laura Coppola as Chief Underwriting Officer

14th November 2022

QBE North America has appointed Laura Coppola as Chief Underwriting Officer. Coppola is based in New York and will serve on North America's Executive Management Board. As Chief Underwriting Officer, she will be responsible for portfolio optimization and management across QBE North America. She will lead a fully integrated, efficient and world-class team dedicated to enhancing underwriting ... Read the full article

QBE Intl. promotes Stokoe and Fuller to exec management board

1st November 2022

Australia's QBE Insurance has announced the promotion of both Ceri Stokoe and Nathan Fuller to roles that see the pair join the firm's International Executive Management Board, effective December 1st, 2022, subject to regulatory approval. Stokoe, who joined QBE in 2016 as the Head of Application Services, later becoming Director of ... Read the full article

QBE expands Canada office with new hires

21st October 2022

QBE has announced the appointment of Troy Wiebe as Casualty Underwriter and Jasper Hageman as Property Underwriter, as well as the promotion of Fiona Bui to Underwriting Support Team Lead. According to QBE with these new hires it expands its Vancouver office, which opened in 2015, to grow its Western Canada ... Read the full article

QBE Intl. makes two senior appointments within US marine team

18th October 2022

QBE International Markets has made two appointments within its US marine insurance team. The company has announced that Sean Dollahon has been appointed as Vice President, US Marine Manager, and Katie McCord has been appointed as Vice President, Senior Marine Underwriter. Dollahon brings nearly twenty years of industry experience towards his new ... Read the full article

QBE secures DNB approval and makes five senior hires for Netherlands branch

13th October 2022

Following approval now granted from the DNB (De Nederlandsche Bank), QBE has announced that it can now proceed with its plans to written business in the Netherlands incepting from January 2023. Plans for the branch were first announced in June, earlier this year. At the same time, QBE has announced its ... Read the full article

QBE sells Irish portfolio renewal rights to Ascot

28th September 2022

Australia headquartered insurer QBE has announced the sale of select Irish Casualty commercial insurance portfolios to the Ascot Group via a renewal rights transaction. The sale follows QBE’s decision earlier this year to conduct a phased withdrawal from underwriting certain Republic of Ireland-domiciled direct insurance business. Under the terms of the deal, ... Read the full article

QBE profits drop on huge investment loss

11th August 2022

QBE announced statutory net profit after tax of $151 million for the first half of 2022, compared with $441 million in the same six-month period last year. The drop mainly owed to an H1 investment loss of $840 million, versus a return of $58 million last year, which QBE said had ... Read the full article

QBE faces USD 75m remediation cost as policy pricing promise ‘not fully delivered’

20th July 2022

Australian insurer QBE will record a USD 75 million pre-tax remediation cost in 1H 2022 as part of its investigation into pricing practices, which is part of a wider industry review by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). QBE has been investigating pricing practices dating back numerous years, across various ... Read the full article

QBE announces Hobson as Head of Surety, UK

8th July 2022

Insurer QBE has announced the appointment of Leroy Hobson as its new Head of Surety, UK. Leroy has over 25 years experience in the surety market, having held Head of Surety roles at Zurich, Chubb and Aon. In his new role he will be responsible for driving profitable ... Read the full article

Moody’s shifts outlook on QBE from ‘negative’ to ‘stable’

27th June 2022

Moody’s has changed its outlook on QBE from negative to stable, affirming its A3 issuer rating. At the same time, Moody’s said it affirmed the A1 insurance financial strength ratings (IFSR) of QBE's main operating subsidiaries and had changed the outlooks to stable from negative. Moody’s said in a note: “The change ... Read the full article

QBE to roll out products from CyberCube

21st June 2022

Australia-headquartered insurer and reinsurer QBE has announced plans to roll out a range of products from cyber risk analytics firm CyberCube, including its Account Manager and Portfolio Manager platforms. In addition, QBE will be utilising the CyberCube Academy, the firm’s training offering, as well as accessing CyberCube’s enhanced Concierge service. “As one ... Read the full article

QBE to drive EU expansion with branch in the Netherlands

10th June 2022

Australian insurer and reinsurer, QBE Insurance Group Limited has announced plans to set up a branch in the Netherlands. The planned branch will play a major role in the company’s European expansion plans. QBE has noted that recruitment is underway to fill a number of different key roles for the Netherlands branch, ... Read the full article

Appetite for underwriting property cat reinsurance business tightening

1st June 2022

Earnings pressure and ongoing uncertainty around the impact of climate change is reducing the appetite for underwriting property catastrophe reinsurance business, says the newest edition of Aon’s Reinsurance Aggregate (ARA). The study said that while the sector should be ‘applauded’ for dealing with significant volatility over the last five years and ... Read the full article