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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.

Reserve deterioration a potential inflection point in 2020: GC’s Whitmore

8th January 2020

Ongoing challenges associated with reserve deterioration in the re/insurance industry represent a potential inflection point that demands close attention moving into 2020, according to Charles Whitmore, managing director at Guy Carpenter. Speaking at a lecture in Lloyd’s Old Library building, Whitmore described the issue as something spreading - accelerating, even - ... Read the full article

Goldman Sachs still cautious on P&C heading into 2020

8th January 2020

Analysts at Goldman Sachs remain cautious in their outlook for commercial property and casualty (P&C) re/insurance in 2020, as potential positive rate momentum is balanced against broadening loss trend deterioration. That said, the firm believes many reinsurers are positioned to grow their top lines this year, supported by pockets of rate ... Read the full article

Aviation reinsurers achieve major price corrections at 1/1: Willis Re

8th January 2020

Reinsurers broadly achieved major price corrections and payback at the global aviation renewals in January, according to broker Willis Re, despite an abundance of available capacity. Analysts reported that aviation rates were up by 15% on average for clean renewals, and by up to 70% for loss affected renewals. Underlying premium income ... Read the full article

Capacity retraction & rate increases define marine renewals: Marsh JLT Specialty

7th January 2020

The key themes for the marine re/insurance market at the January 2020 renewals were a retraction of capacity, rate increases, job losses, and a keen approach to risk selection, according to Marsh JLT Specialty. Analysts noted that a major feature of the market last year was the speed at which a ... Read the full article

Reinsurer appetite remained, ILS role limited in Europe at Jan 1st: Willis Re

7th January 2020

Reinsurer appetite remained strong in certain European markets at the January 1st, 2020 renewals season, while the participation of insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds was limited, according to Willis Re, the reinsurance broking arm of Willis Towers Watson (WTW). Willis Re's commentary on the Jan 1st 2020 European reinsurance renewals highlights some ... Read the full article

Non-marine retro renewals hit by ILS capacity squeeze: Willis Re

6th January 2020

Capacity constraints from the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market resulted in a challenging renewal for the non-marine retrocessional market, according to Willis Re, the reinsurance arm of global insurance brokerage Willis Towers Watson. Analysts noted that ILS capacity has been a driving force of retro capacity in recent years, but is now ... Read the full article

“Asymmetrical” renewal reflects ample capital supply: Guy Carpenter

3rd January 2020

Levels of available reinsurance capital continued to exceed demand at the January 1, 2020 renewals, according to analysts at Guy Carpenter, meaning rate increases only materialised in the most constrained areas of the market. The reinsurance broker said that the loss environment and shifting views of risk had been crucial factors ... Read the full article

IAG buys more reinsurance at Jan renewals, taps coverage for bushfires

3rd January 2020

Australian insurer IAG has finalised its catastrophe reinsurance program for the coming year, having increased its coverage from $9 billion to $10 billion at the recent January 1 renewals. Chief Financial Officer Nick Hawkins explained that the structure of the program remained similar to previous years, while the cost was in ... Read the full article

Willis Re highlights capacity reduction at Lloyd’s & London renewals

3rd January 2020

Willis Re, the reinsurance arm of global insurance brokerage Willis Towers Watson, has commented on the January 2020 renewals for the Lloyd’s and London reinsurance markets, highlighting a meaningful reduction in capacity. Analysts at Willis Re said that this reduction in overall capacity had come as reinsurers scaled back casualty portfolios ... Read the full article

FEMA renews NFIP reinsurance program with $1.33bn of coverage

2nd January 2020

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced the renewal of its flood reinsurance program to protect the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), securing $1.33 billion of protection. The coverage was secured from a panel of 27 reinsurance companies, and protects the NFIP from events on a per-occurrence basis for ... Read the full article

Property cat rates stable amid varied 1/1 renewal: Hyperion X

2nd January 2020

Pricing for property-catastrophe reinsurance remained fairly stable at the January 2020 renewals, with rates-on-line rising 0.8% on average, according to Hyperion X, the data and technology focused unit of the global Hyperion Insurance Group. The firm noted that property-catastrophe pricing was stable despite more varied results in other lines, including significant ... Read the full article

Willis Re notes some considerable price increases in a divergent renewal

2nd January 2020

Willis Re, the reinsurance arm of global insurance brokerage Willis Towers Watson, has noted a divergent and late January renewal season which saw some considerable price increases in certain lines of business. Overall, Willis Re states that reinsurers have been judicial during the January 1st renewal season, resulting in significant pricing ... Read the full article

Palomar Holdings completes reinsurance renewal

31st December 2019

Specialty property insurer Palomar Holdings has successfully renewed around $300 million of its core reinsurance program while also purchasing $145 million of incremental limit that sits at the top of its tower. Effective January 1, the program provides up to $1.2 billion of protection from earthquake events and features an incremental ... Read the full article

Reinsurance rates lower than expected at ‘U-shaped’ Jan renewal: KBW

27th December 2019

Analysts at KBW believe reinsurance rates at the upcoming January renewals will increase to lesser degree than had been anticipated, with overall rate movements set to be described by a ‘U-shaped’ curve. US domestic insurers, for instance, are reporting reinsurance rate changes of flat to up 5%, which is lower than ... Read the full article

International Group of P&I Clubs maintains reinsurance structure at renewal

24th December 2019

The International Group of P&I Clubs (IGP&I), a provider of protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance to the global shipping industry, has largely maintained the structure of its reinsurance program during its renewal for the 2020/21 year. IGP&I decided to renew its program without significant changes this year, following a number ... Read the full article

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