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News on one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies Swiss Re.

Swiss Re is a leading global reinsurance company and our news covers its announcements, people moves, results and financial performance, as well as analysis of reinsurance market trends and interviews.

Swiss Re outlook revised to negative by S&P as underwriting deteriorates

8th May 2020

S&P Global Ratings has revised its outlook to negative from stable on global reinsurance giant Swiss Re and its core subsidiaries, citing uncertainty around its underwriting performance. At the same time as revising the outlook on Swiss Re, S&P has affirmed its 'AA-' issuer credit and insurer financial strength ratings on ... Read the full article

Public-private partnerships the only viable option we have to tackle pandemics: Scotti, Swiss Re

4th May 2020

As COVID-19 continues to drive widespread uncertainty and extremely challenging societal and economic conditions, the only viable way to effectively address the crisis is through public-private sector collaboration, according to Veronica Scotti, Chairperson Public Sector Solutions, Swiss Re. While varying degrees of lockdowns and social distancing measures remain in place across ... Read the full article

COVID-19 drives Swiss Re to $225mn Q1 net loss

30th April 2020

Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re fell to a $225 million net loss in the first quarter, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to make its presence felt in the industry. The reinsurer also saw an underwriting loss of $476 million and an investment loss of $300 million for the quarter. The mark-to-market valuation ... Read the full article

Swiss Re COVID-19 survey illustrates financial anxiety across Asia Pacific

29th April 2020

A quarter of respondents to a consumer survey conducted by global reinsurer Swiss Re across four major Asia Pacific markets are worried about how they will come out of the COVID-19 pandemic financially. 27% of respondents are "anxious" and "overwhelmed" about their finances while around 40% in all markets surveyed said ... Read the full article

Apply COVID-19 lessons to climate change, urges Swiss Re’s Ojeisekhoba

23rd April 2020

The re/insurance industry must be prepared to apply the lessons learned from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to the looming climate change crisis, according to Swiss Re’s CEO of Reinsurance, Moses Ojeisekhoba. Writing in a blog post for Swiss Re, Ojeisekhoba argued that the clearest take-away from the pandemic is the need ... Read the full article

Swiss Re Institute highlights economic impact from COVID-19 lockdowns

21st April 2020

Analysis conducted by the Swiss Re Institute suggests that coronavirus-related shutdown measures are driving a 20-25% reduction in economic activity among most advanced markets. The different sector compositions of countries will be a main factor in determining the size of the impact, with emerging markets likely to be impacted more given ... Read the full article

Swiss Re CorSo appoints Matthias Grass as CFO

21st April 2020

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions (Swiss Re CorSo), the commercial insurance arm of reinsurance giant Swiss Re, has revealed that Matthias Grass is to succeed Martin Mueller as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective July 1st, 2020. In his new role, Grass takes responsibility for the oversight of Swiss Re CorSo's Finance function, ... Read the full article

Swiss Re cancels share buyback programme, adds three to Board

20th April 2020

Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re has confirmed that its authorised new public share buyback programme of up to CHF 1 million (USD 1.03mn) will not be launched due to current financial market volatility being driven by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Following commentary from analysts that the Switzerland-based reinsurer's share buyback programme ... Read the full article

Swiss Re opens Life Guide underwriting manual to L&H insurers

16th April 2020

Swiss Re is opening access to its proprietary Life Guide underwriting manual to all life and health insurers for 90 days, in a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Life Guide is designed to help users understand risks and how they interact with each other. The underwriting manual includes the ability to reference ... Read the full article

Swiss Re makes $5.2mn contribution to support global COVID-19 relief efforts

14th April 2020

Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re, through the Swiss Re Foundation, has donated CHF 5 million (USD 5.2 million) to support global COVID-19 relief efforts. The pledge has been made through the reinsurer's non-profit grant foundation, which will distribute the funds to organisations tackling the current crisis, particularly in emerging countries. Specifically, the ... Read the full article

Global recession twice as deep as 2008, shorter lived: Swiss Re’s Haegeli

9th April 2020

Swiss Re’s chief economist Jérôme Jean Haegeli believes the global recession facing us in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic could be one of the deepest, but also one of the shortest. Analysis conducted by the reinsurer projects an atypical recession which will be twice as deep and more than twice ... Read the full article

Swiss Re names Ian Haycock as Chief Data Officer

9th April 2020

Swiss Re has announced the appointment of Ian Haycock to the newly created role of Chief Data Officer, effective May 1, 2020. Together with Youngran Kim, who started as the Group Chief Technology Officer this month, Ian will help to further develop Swiss Re's digital strategy. Haycock has more than 32 years' ... Read the full article

Absence of large US hurricanes drive down 2019 losses: Swiss Re’s Sigma

8th April 2020

Data from Swiss Re’s latest Sigma report shows that an absence of large and costly hurricanes in the US saw global economic losses from natural and man-made disasters sink to $146 billion in 2019, down from $176 billion in 2018 and below the 10-year annual average of $212 billion. Of the ... Read the full article

Swiss Re expects COVID-19 impacts to be “absolutely manageable”

2nd April 2020

Executives at global reinsurance giant Swiss Re have said that at this point, the impacts of the current crisis around the COVID-19 pandemic on the company is viewed as "being absolutely manageable." In a letter to shareholders, clients and partners, Walter B. Kielholz, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Christian ... Read the full article

kWh Analytics closes Swiss Re-backed 32 MW Solar Revenue Put

1st April 2020

Solar risk management firm kWh Analytics has closed a Swiss Re-funded Solar Revenue Put for a portfolio of 4,000 projects totalling roughly 32 MW DC of capacity. This is the first publicly announced repeat closing with the Solar Revenue Put. It is structured as an insurance policy on solar production and PPA ... Read the full article