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Reinsurance renewals news

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.

Pricing will remain flat at 1/1 renewals: Fitch Ratings

25th September 2018

Although reinsurance pricing improved to some extent over 2018, abundant levels of underwriting capacity continue to absorb any increase in reinsurance demand, meaning rates are not expected to improve significantly at 1 January 2019 renewals, according to Fitch Ratings. Rates improvements were greatest at the January renewals in 2018, but subsequent ... Read the full article

Unprecedented or unexpected event(s) needed to turn reinsurance pricing: Survey

21st September 2018

Just over 40% of respondents to the Reinsurance News and Artemis Reinsurance Market Survey believe that at least a $200 billion+ event or series of events is needed to meaningfully turn market pricing. Reinsurance News and insurance-linked securities (ILS) focused sister publication, Artemis, recently launched a survey designed to take ... Read the full article

Price cycles less pronounced, rates to fade out in 2019: S&P Global

20th September 2018

In the wake of Monte Carlo’s 62nd "Rendez-Vous de Septembre", S&P Global believes 2018 clearly demonstrated that price cycles have become less pronounced, reinforcing its belief that rate increases will fade out in 2019. The main reason for this pressure, S&P says, is the significant capacity of both traditional and alternative ... Read the full article

Engineering insurance rates continue downward trend: IMIA

18th September 2018

Engineering insurance rates are continuing their downward trend across all classes of business following the costliest hurricane season ever and a series of large construction claims, according to the International Association of Engineering Insurers’ (IMIA) Index 2018. The Index, which compares the movement of rates from a base point in 2010, ... Read the full article

$15bn Florence losses could support P&C pricing, says Morgan Stanley

17th September 2018

Morgan Stanley has released an insured loss estimate of between $5 billion and $15 billion for damages relating to Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina on Thursday night, and has suggested that losses could support property and casualty (P&C) re/insurance pricing. Florence was downgraded from a Category 4 to ... Read the full article

Reinsurers acknowledge flatter pricing cycle: J.P. Morgan

14th September 2018

After speaking with reinsurance market participants at the annual meeting of the industry in Monte Carlo recently, analysts at J.P. Morgan believe there is a "widening acknowledgement that a flatter pricing cycle has emerged". During a prolonged soft market cycle, discussions at previous Monte Carlo conferences had often focused on pricing pressures ... Read the full article

Downward property cat pricing pressure expected at Jan renewals: Morgan Stanley

13th September 2018

Meetings at the recent Monte Carlo Reinsurance Rendez-Vous suggest downward property catastrophe pricing pressure of flat to -5% at the 2019 January renewals, reports Morgan Stanley. Furthermore, as signified by Markel’s acquisition of Nephila, traditional and alternative capital are converging and industry consolidation should continue as global reinsurers adapt to ... Read the full article

The cycle has “disappeared,” says SCOR’s Denis Kessler

11th September 2018

Denis Kessler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of French reinsurance giant SCOR, has said that it is his “strong conviction” that the reinsurance pricing cycle has “disappeared” and is unlikely to return. Speaking during a debate on the third day of the Reinsurance Rendezvous event in Monte Carlo, Kessler acknowledged ... Read the full article

Excess capital remains dominant price driver: JLT Re’s Ed Hochberg

10th September 2018

JLT Re, the reinsurance broking arm of global brokerage JLT Group, believes an absence of reinsurance rate increases following the the catastrophes of 2017 demonstrates how excess capital has more bearing on pricing than any other factor. Speaking in Monte Carlo today at the Reinsurance Rendez-vous, the Chief Executive Officer of JLT ... Read the full article

Hannover Re expecting stable P&C prices at 1/1 renewals

10th September 2018

Hannover Re has announced that it is anticipating stability in property and casualty (P&C) reinsurance renewal prices and conditions overall for the treaty renewals at 1 January 2019. The German reinsurance giant acknowledged that the market environment continues to be challenging for P&C reinsurers, with rate increases lower than expected following ... Read the full article

Swiss Re anticipating “broadly stable” renewal rates, says CEO Mumenthaler

10th September 2018

Swiss Re is expecting reinsurance renewal rates to remain “broadly stable” given the current level of competition in the market environment, according to Christian Mumenthaler, Swiss Re’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Speaking in an interview with Reinsurance News, Mumenthaler said: “After many years of price erosion in major non-life insurance markets, ... Read the full article

“Flat but functional” property cat market is new norm: Willis Re CEO

9th September 2018

A “flat but functional” pricing environment for property catastrophe is likely to become the “new norm” for reinsurers following a fairly subdued year for renewals despite high catastrophe losses in 2017, according to James Kent, Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Willis Re. Speaking at a press briefing during the first ... Read the full article

Results of our reinsurance market survey now available to view

6th September 2018

We've teamed up with our sister-site Artemis, the longest running publication focused on insurance-linked securities (ILS), to conduct a survey aimed at taking the temperature of the global reinsurance market. Hundreds of responses from identifiable participants were received, including numerous reinsurance market Chief Executive Officers and ... Read the full article

S&P maintains stable reinsurance outlook despite weak market conditions

4th September 2018

S&P Global Ratings has maintained its stable outlook on the global reinsurance sector and on the majority of the reinsurers it rates due to robust capital adequacy and disciplined underwriting, but has warned that the sector continues to face weak business conditions and fundamental challenges. The firm noted that operating conditions ... Read the full article

Reinsurance market continues to “skip along the bottom”, says A.M. Best

4th September 2018

The reinsurance sector continues to "skip along the bottom of the market" with no signs that rates are going to meaningfully improve anytime soon, according to ratings agency A.M. Best. A.M. Best's recent report on the global reinsurance landscape states that optimism over a turn in the market following the large ... Read the full article