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Reinsurance renewals

Reinsurance renewals are the key points in the year when the majority of reinsurance contract renewal negotiations occur and are completed.

The reinsurance renewal seasons provide insight into reinsurance pricing, contract terms, reinsurance market positioning and the direction of future trends in the market.

Casualty markets undergoing abrupt shift to profitability: Lockton

14th October 2019

Pricing adequacy has continued to increase across the US casualty re/insurance market, with some lines undergoing an abrupt shift to a renewed focus on profitability, according to global re/insurance brokerage Lockton. The umbrella and excess casualty markets in particular have seen a positive turn, Lockton said, with carriers now demanding higher ... Read the full article

Property underwriting improvements to continue through early 2020: Lockton

10th October 2019

Analysts at global re/insurance brokerage Lockton expect the more discerning approach of underwriters in the US property market to continue through at least into early 2020, based on performance this year. Lockton noted that there is still plenty of capital in the marketplace, but deployment is becoming tighter, leading to an ... Read the full article

P&C rate increases climb to 4% in third quarter: MarketScout

9th October 2019

US property and casualty (P&C) insurers continued to see rate increases in almost every industry and line of coverage during the third quarter of 2019, according to analysts at MarketScout. The composite rate increase in Q3 was 4%, climbing from 3% in the previous quarter. By line of coverage, auto underwriters increased ... Read the full article

Reinsurance pricing could be jeopardised by capital influx, reports suggest

4th October 2019

The much-improved pricing environment in the reinsurance sector could be jeopardised if catastrophe losses remain low for the rest of 2019, according to reports from the Financial Times, as an influx of alternative capital capacity returns to the market. The publication noted that reinsurers have benefited from lower level of natural ... Read the full article

D&O rates improve as carriers push to restore profitability: Fitch

30th September 2019

Premium pricing has improved significantly for directors and officers (D&O) liability in 2019 as carriers work to restore profitability, according to analysts at Fitch Ratings. Fitch noted that D&O liability business has seen several years of weaker performance, driven by flat premium growth and less favourable claims trends in a shifting ... Read the full article

Price increases will fall short of hard market: Canaccord Genuity

18th September 2019

While the industry seems confident that rates will continue to increase in 2020, analysts at Canaccord Genuity argue they will not be enough to move reinsurance into ‘hard market’ territory. Based on its meetings at the Reinsurance Rendezvous in Monte Carlo this year, Canaccord Genuity believes that the market is anticipating ... Read the full article

Jebi losses stabilising, set to drive price firming in April: JMP Securities

16th September 2019

Analysts at JMP Securities believe that insured losses from Typhoon Jebi appear to be stabilising in the region of $15 billion to $16 billion. If losses do ultimately settle at this level, the cost to the insurance and reinsurance industry will have been more than twice as high as initial estimates ... Read the full article

Reinsurers confident of further rate increases, reports Morgan Stanley

13th September 2019

Reinsurers largely seem confident that the pricing momentum built over 2019 will continue into 2020 as the industry pushes for more sustainable margins, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley’s analysis was based on its conversations with reinsurers at the Rendezvous event in Monte Carlo this year, who mostly seemed ... Read the full article

Munich Re expects “further stabilisation” of rates: Torsten Jeworrek

11th September 2019

Munich Re is expecting to see “further stabilisation and price increases” in the reinsurance market, according to Torsten Jeworrek, a member of the company’s board of management. Speaking at a briefing during the Reinsurance Rendezvous event in Monte Carlo this week, Jeworrek said that the reinsurance industry had seen “a worldwide ... Read the full article

Reinsurance pricing is still too low, says Swiss Re CEO Mumenthaler

10th September 2019

Christian Mumenthaler, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Swiss Re, believes pricing in the property and casualty (P&C) reinsurance sector is still at an unacceptable level despite improvements over the last two years. Mumenthaler told Reinsurance News in a recent interview that he was confident the market would continue to bring pricing ... Read the full article

SCOR needs more pricing improvements to be sustainable, warn execs

9th September 2019

The property and casualty (P&C) reinsurance market has seen some “useful” price firming in 2019, but further increases will be required to put SCOR back on track for sustainable profitability, according to its management. Speaking at the Reinsurance Rendezvous event in Monte Carlo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Denis Kessler said that ... Read the full article

Stable reinsurance outlook underpinned by pricing & capital: Moody’s

3rd September 2019

Rating agency Moody’s has maintained its stable outlook for the global reinsurance industry going into 2020, with strong capitalisation and rising prices offset by low interest rates and falling reserve releases. Analysts at the firm noted that reinsurers’ regulatory and economic capital has remained resilient thanks to increased use of retrocession, ... Read the full article

Secular headwinds to continue for reinsurers, but rates may rise 5% in 2020

3rd September 2019

Reinsurance firms are expected to continue facing "secular headwinds" to their business models in 2020, with rate rises of around 5% expected at renewals next year, but these may not be sufficient to offset the continued competitive trends faced. This is according to rating agency S&P Global Ratings, who said this ... Read the full article

Not a “one year and done” rate increase situation: Hendrick, AXA XL CEO

28th August 2019

The insurance and reinsurance market is not looking at a "one year and done" rate increase situation, as a number of factors suggest there could be more to come, according to AXA XL CEO Greg Hendrick. Hendrick believes that while we haven't seen the kind of capital erosion required to turn ... Read the full article

Commercial carriers poised to benefit from continued rate improvements: JP Morgan

21st August 2019

Broad industry pricing improvements are expected to provide a tailwind to commercial carriers’ top-line growth and earnings, according to JP Morgan analyst Keith Cornelius. This is likely to be supported by year-on-year improvements in bet investment income, as well as a manageable quarter in terms of catastrophe activity. Cornelius believes that small ... Read the full article

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