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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.

Swiss Re expects rate hardening to continue; sees underwriting discipline as key

8th September 2020

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re expects to see further rate hardening across all lines of business at the upcoming renewals, driven by a combination of the low interest rate environment and the need to cover rising loss trends. Further rate hardening in reinsurance is expected on the back of price improvements in ... Read the full article

“Undisputed” re/insurance market hardening to persist: Jeworrek, Munich Re

7th September 2020

Re/insurance market hardening, in relation to price increases and renewed discussions around terms and conditions (T&Cs), is expected for "probably the next two years, or even a bit longer," according to Torsten Jeworrek, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Reinsurance at Munich Re. With the annual, September meeting of the reinsurance industry ... Read the full article

2020 a critical year for reinsurers: AM Best

3rd September 2020

AM Best analysts have described why, in terms of both challenges and opportunities, 2020 is a critical year for reinsurers. Current hardening pricing conditions are said to be creating a window of opportunity for reinsurers, with property catastrophe, specialty lines, and some US casualty lines showing much-needed improvement in pricing and ... Read the full article

Meaningful reinsurance rate increases into 2021: Fitch

1st September 2020

Meaningful reinsurance rate increases should be expected into 2021 at the January renewals as overall pricing is inadequate, according to Fitch Ratings. Analysts note how there's also still uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and that there still remains a capacity-constrained dislocated retrocession market. Reinsurers are expected to take advantage of the most favourable market ... Read the full article

Everest Re sees flight to quality among reinsurance buyers: John Doucette

13th August 2020

Having now finished the June and July renewals, Everest Re has observed a continued flight to quality by reinsurance buyers, according to John Doucette, EVP, President and CEO of Everest Insurance Division. Speaking during an earnings call alongside the release of Everest Re’s Q2 results, Doucette said the expanded opportunity set ... Read the full article

Favourable market conditions to sustain well into 2021: Benchimol, AXIS

10th August 2020

Albert Benchimol, CEO of AXIS Capital Holdings Limited, believes that favourable market conditions will continue with the benefits of further rate hardening. The Bermuda-based insurer and reinsurer recently revealed its financial results for the second quarter of 2020, which saw the current market being favourable, despite the drop in its ... Read the full article

AIG expects to recover COVID-19 losses under cat reinsurance: Zaffino

5th August 2020

Insurer and reinsurer AIG anticipates making a recovery under its international per-occurrence catastrophe reinsurance treaty as a result of COVID-19-related losses, according to Peter Zaffino, President and Global Chief Operating Officer (COO) of AIG, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the General Insurance (GI) unit. Speaking during the company's second-quarter 2020 ... Read the full article

SCOR selectively grows reinsurance book at mid-year renewals

24th July 2020

Global insurer and reinsurer SCOR's gross reinsurance premiums grew 1.3% from €708 million to €717 million at the mid-year renewals, as the company took advantage of continued market hardening. The re/insurer notes "strong price growth momentum," reporting overall 8.2% price increases across its renewal book at the mid-year, with improvements materialising ... Read the full article

Travelers provides updates on renewed catastrophe reinsurance treaties

24th July 2020

P&C insurer Travelers has provided an update on the catastrophe reinsurance treaties it renewed on July 1. The Northeast Property Catastrophe Excess-of-Loss Reinsurance Treaty provides up to $600 million part of $850 million of coverage, subject to a $2.25 billion retention for losses arising from a single occurrence, subject to one ... Read the full article

IAG enhances reinsurance use; CEO notes “immensely challenging” six months

24th July 2020

Australian insurer IAG has further strengthened its overall reinsurance position with the purchase of a new aggregate catastrophe reinsurance cover and a stop-loss protection for retained natural perils. The company has provided an update on its results for the fiscal year ended June 30th, 2020 and also offered some insights into ... Read the full article

Castel acquires renewal rights for Navigators Europe from The Hartford

17th July 2020

Castel Underwriting Agencies Limited's subsidiary, Castel Underwriting Europe B.V. (Castel Europe), has reached an agreement with U.S. insurer The Hartford to acquire the renewal rights for Navigators Europe, the trading name of the Bracht, Deckers & Mackelbert NV (BDM)/ASCO Continentale Verzekeringen NV (ASCO), Rotterdam marine business. The Hartford completed its ... Read the full article

Strong June 1, July 1 property cat reinsurance rate increases: KBW

13th July 2020

Analysis by KBW shows the second quarter 2020 reinsurance renewals, most prominently the Florida-focused June 1 and broader, southeastern US-focused July 1, included significant property catastrophe reinsurance rate increases. Analysts think these increases reflect a number of related factors, including the fact reinsurance capital providers (both traditional reinsurers and insurance linked securities ... Read the full article

Hyperion X reports peak rate increases of 20% at July renewals

10th July 2020

Hyperion X, the data and analytics specialist unit of the Hyperion Insurance Group, has reported pricing improvements of between 0% and 20% at the July renewal. Following a conversation with Hyperion X executives David Flandro and Nick Griffiths, Morgan Stanley noted that magnitude of rate improvement in July was below the ... Read the full article

Analysts forecast 18 months of reinsurance rate increases

9th July 2020

Analysts at investment banking group Jefferies have predicted that the trend of reinsurance price firming should last at least 18 months, and potentially longer. High natural catastrophe claims over the past few years, combined with underlying claims inflation in the US and the impact of low interest rates will likely sustain ... Read the full article

Kingstone reports improved net income; higher reinsurance costs in 2020

7th July 2020

Property and casualty (P&C) insurer Kingstone Companies, Inc. has reported net income of $0.6 million for the first six months of the year, while the firm purchased a lower level of catastrophe reinsurance at a higher cost than the previous year as rate rises continued for reinsurers. At $0.6 million, the ... Read the full article

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