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Demand for casualty reinsurance increases at mid-year renewals: Willis Re

20th July 2017

Commenting on trends in the casualty market after the 2017 mid-year renewals, Willis Re said demand for reinsurance is increasing as the cyber market expands and global demand is stimulated by pending regulation in the European Union (EU) and Australia. As underlying cyber coverage expands with first party exposures, reinsurers appear ... Read the full article

Persistent reinsurance market headwinds impacting all territories

18th July 2017

Global property reinsurance rates continued to decline throughout most territories at the mid-year renewals season, driven by a lack of catastrophe losses, excess capacity and ongoing market pressures, according to reinsurance broker Willis Re. In the UK and the U.S. excess capacity, from both traditional and alternative sources, continues to combine with ... Read the full article

Florida market pressured at mid-year as players push for 2017 targets: Willis Re

17th July 2017

The mid-year renewals season saw continued softening of pricing in Florida with stable market demand, but pressure on traditional players is growing as they make a final push for 2017 premium targets, but are squeezed into a tighter space by greater alternative capital influx. John Cavanagh, Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Willis ... Read the full article

Kingstone Companies completes reinsurance treaties under improved terms

12th July 2017

Property and casualty insurance holding company, Kingstone Companies, Inc., has announced that its subsidiary, Kingstone Insurance Company (KICO), has completed various reinsurance agreements for the treaty year commencing July 1st, 2017. According to a statement released by the company it secured increased reinsurance protection under improved terms, and also managed to further ... Read the full article

Reinsurers’ betting on benign loss year, market bottom elusive: Peel Hunt

10th July 2017

Further, and steeper-than-expected rate declines across the U.S. property catastrophe space at the mid-year renewals suggests the reinsurance market is struggling to find a bottom, as players bank on yet another benign underwriting year, according to analysts at Peel Hunt. Citing reinsurance broker Willis Re's recent analysis, Peel Hunt, in a ... Read the full article

Reinsurance softening persists at mid-year renewals: Willis Re

3rd July 2017

Despite reinsurers' results continuing to deteriorate in the first-quarter of 2017, mid-year reinsurance industry renewals saw a continuation of the downward trend seen at January 1st and April 1st, according to Willis Re's latest 1st view report. The softening reinsurance market landscape persisted at the mid-year renewals, with buyers ... Read the full article

Florida insurers propped up by reinsurance capacity at all-time high: KBRA

20th June 2017

Abundant reinsurance capacity at ever-decreasing pricing has been a lifeboat for Florida insurers at the 2017 second quarter renewals, after their profitability has been shaken by rising water-loss and fraudulent AOB claims, the Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) highlighted in its Floridian market report. Floridian primary insurers were given a much-needed boost by ... Read the full article

Blue Capital nearly doubles indemnity reinsurance in June renewals

19th June 2017

In the June 1st renewals Blue Capital updated its portfolio to nearly double its indemnity reinsurance contracts to an expected total annual premium of $4.7 million, up by $2 million from the same period last year. The firm said it expects to underwrite business to produce a net rate on-line for the portfolio ... Read the full article

Overall, mid-year reinsurance renewals to be less negative than June 1st: RBC

13th June 2017

Despite a notable acceleration of price reductions in the reinsurance industry at the June 1st renewals, overall, analysts at RBC Capital Markets expect mid-year renewals to be less negative with prices starting to bottom out. Price declines in the global reinsurance market declined by an average of 5% at the recent ... Read the full article

Excess capacity continues to dominate Florida property catastrophe market: Peel Hunt

12th June 2017

Pressure on Florida focused reinsurers to cut back exposures is mounting as June 1 property catastrophe reinsurance renewals show continued rate declines as the long-awaited pricing bottom fails to materialise in a market dominated by excess capacity. Peel Hunt equity analysts have echoed JLT Re's estimate of a 5.1% rate drop ... Read the full article

IAG purchases additional $1 billion catastrophe reinsurance cover

9th June 2017

Australian general insurer Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has strengthened its reinsurance cover through the purchase of an additional $1 billion catastrophe protection on top of its existing $7 billion programme. The $1 billion reinsurance deal includes one prepaid reinstatement and begins on 1st of June running for a contractual period of 19 ... Read the full article

No sign pricing will bounce back quickly as reinsurance market nears bottom: Deutsche Bank

9th June 2017

The January 1st, 2018 renewal season could see pricing in the reinsurance market finally reach the elusive and much discussed bottom of the cycle, with the question then turning to how long the trough will be, suggests analysts at Deutsche Bank. Deutsche Bank has completed its seventh Global Financial Services Conference in ... Read the full article

Reinsurer ROEs to diminish further regardless of reduced loss activity: KBW

8th June 2017

Any "subsidy" to the return on equities (ROEs) of reinsurers is likely to diminish in response to persistent and worse-than-anticipated rate declines at recent renewals, regardless of fewer catastrophe events in the coming months, according to Keefe, Bruyette, & Woods (KBW). For the most part, the utilisation of reserves and the ... Read the full article

Heritage completes reinsurance placement at cheaper cost & improved terms

6th June 2017

Heritage Insurance Holdings, Inc.'s insurance subsidiaries, Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company (Heritage P&C) and Zephyr Insurance Company (Zephyr), have completed their respective 2017-2018 reinsurance programmes at a reduced cost and under improved terms. The programmes are incorporated into one reinsurance structure and includes traditional reinsurance, collateralized reinsurance, coverage by the Florida Hurricane ... Read the full article

Reinsurance rate declines accelerated at June renewal: JLT Re

2nd June 2017

The pace of decline across pricing and rate in the reinsurance market accelerated at the June 1st 2017 renewal, according to broker JLT Re, with rates down as much as 10% in places, and averaging a 5% decline. It's not the news reinsurers were looking for, but the excess levels of ... Read the full article

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