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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.

Mid-year reinsurance renewals could be similar to April 1: JMP analysts

2nd May 2019

The upcoming mid-year reinsurance renewals are likely to produce similar results to the recent Japan April 1st renewals, underpinned by respectable but uninspiring increases owing to an abundance of available capital in the market, according to analysts at JMP. Analysts highlight disappointing rate improvements at the January 1st 2019 renewals, followed ... Read the full article

Universal’s Jon Springer highlights speculation around mid-year rate movements

30th April 2019

Speculation remains around the magnitude of rate movements at the mid-year 2019 reinsurance renewals, underpinned by the potential impact on pricing from recent legislation targeting assignment of benefits (AOB) abuse in the state of Florida, according to Jon Springer, the President and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) of Universal Insurance Holdings, ... Read the full article

AXIS significantly expands in Japan under “quite attractive terms”

29th April 2019

Bermuda domiciled insurer and reinsurer, AXIS Capital significantly increased its exposure in Japan at the April 1st renewals, under "quite attractive terms." Speaking during the re/insurer's first-quarter 2019 earnings call, AXIS Capital President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albert Benchimol, noted an "attractive Japanese market" at the most recent renewals, with ... Read the full article

Potential for mid-year reinsurance rate increases to be stronger than expected: JMP

25th April 2019

Analysts at JMP Securities LLC believe that reinsurance rate increases at the upcoming mid-year renewals could be stronger than initially expected. Combined, a number of trends suggest that this time around, "pricing may have some teeth", say analysts in a recent industry note focused on the mid-year reinsurance renewals. Highlighting reports that ... Read the full article

Early, but meaningful signs the market is responding to cat activity: Robert Berkley

24th April 2019

W. R. Berkley Corporation achieved a 6.4% rate increase, excluding workers' compensation, in the first-quarter of 2019, with much of the property market experiencing some of the most meaningful increases. "From our perspective, with the exception of workers' compensation, by and large, every line of business within the commercial line space ... Read the full article

SCOR Global P&C grows premiums by 9.6% at April renewals

18th April 2019

SCOR Global P&C, a division of the French reinsurance company, has announced that it grew its reinsurance premiums at the April renewals by 9.6% at constant exchange rates to €548 million. The reinsurer said that it benefitted from “broadly improving market conditions,” with catastrophe reinsurance treaties responding “rationally” in the aftermath ... Read the full article

Pricing to improve from current levels but become less cyclical: Berenberg

17th April 2019

The reality that profitability has to be achieved at current pricing levels has altered market expectations for insurers and reinsurers, and while analysts at Berenberg expect rates to improve from where they are today, going forward, pricing is expected to become less cyclical. Analysts highlight a challenging pricing environment for the ... Read the full article

Weather events to impact Q1 re/insurance results: Buckingham Research Group

17th April 2019

The Buckingham Research Group is anticipating a “relatively choppy” catastrophe load for re/insurers in the first quarter of 2019 due to the impact of severe weather, winter weather and flooding. Events like the March flooding in the Midwest U.S could generate economic losses of $4.25 billion, according to estimates from ... Read the full article

Market dynamics suggest higher overall reinsurance rate increases at mid-year: Analysts

15th April 2019

Analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods (KBW) expect property and casualty (P&C) insurers and reinsurers to report manageable catastrophe losses in Q1, while the market's distinction between loss-free and loss-affected accounts' pricing suggests higher overall rate increases at the upcoming mid-year reinsurance renewals. In terms of large events, the global catastrophe ... Read the full article

Underwriting profitability of London market remains pressured, warns Fitch

9th April 2019

Fitch Ratings has maintained its negative sector outlook on the London insurance market, citing continued pressure on profitability as catastrophe events hit underwriting performance and expense ratios remain high. The global financial services ratings agency highlights the negative impact of catastrophe losses and low investment returns on the results of London ... Read the full article

Swiss Re optimistic on long-term pricing prospects, says Ojeisekhoba

5th April 2019

Swiss Re is optimistic about its own long-term pricing prospects, as well as those of the wider reinsurance industry, despite the persistence of challenging market conditions. This is according to Moses Ojeisekhoba, CEO of Reinsurance at Swiss Re, who told Reinsurance News that the company was confident the competitive low-rate environment ... Read the full article

Japan renewals were orderly with stable reinsurer capacity: Willis Re

2nd April 2019

The April renewals in Japan were orderly despite the level of catastrophe losses in 2018, with reinsurance capacity remaining stable, according to broker Willis Re, the reinsurance arm of broker Willis Towers Watson. Buyers sought increased capacity, both on an aggregate basis and for earthquake occurrence, analysts observed in Willis Re’s ... Read the full article

AXA to further reduce earnings volatility with increased use of reinsurance: Analysts

2nd April 2019

Following its acquisition of XL Group last year, global insurer AXA has been de-risking its catastrophe exposure, a trend that J.P. Morgan analysts expect to continue in 2019, with the help of alternative reinsurance capital. During last year, AXA and XL Group ceded increased volumes of catastrophe exposure to reinsurance and ... Read the full article

Swiss Re to see 10% rate increases at April renewals: Deutsche Bank

1st April 2019

Analysts at Deutsche Bank are anticipating that Swiss Re will have experienced price increases of around 10% at the April renewals, due to the reinsurer’s high exposure to Japanese catastrophe events in 2018. The firm believes that Swiss Re was the most affected among European reinsurers by losses from Asia/Japan, which should ... Read the full article

Strong capitalisation underpins rational pricing approach at April 1: Willis Re

1st April 2019

Willis Re, the reinsurance arm of global insurance and reinsurance broker Willis Towers Watson, has noted that reinsurers adopted a rational pricing approach at the April 1st renewals, underpinned by high levels of market capitalisation from both traditional and alternative sources. The reinsurance broker's latest 1st View report examines the April ... Read the full article

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