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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.

2017 global insured losses third highest on record at $136bn: Swiss Re

20th December 2017

2017 was the third highest global insured loss year on Swiss Re sigma records with preliminary loss estimates of $136 billion in global insured losses and total economic losses rising dramatically from $188 billion in 2016 to $306 billion this year. The $136 billion of global insured losses is well-above the ... Read the full article

London’s Grenfell tower demonstrates dangers of combustible cladding: Swiss Re

15th December 2017

London's Grenfell Tower tragedy in June has highlighted the dangers of combustible exterior cladding on high rise buildings - which have since become a global concern for governments and reinsurers. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has warned of the dangers of combustible exterior cladding on high rise buildings, after reinsurers picked up the ... Read the full article

Reinsurance reduces operational costs for life insurers: Swiss Re

13th December 2017

To improve profitability and value of life insurance products, life insurers have been effectively leveraging reinsurance and capital markets by transferring longevity risk exposures, according to Swiss Re's latest sigma report. Reinsurance and capital market solutions have made life insurers more competitive, improving profitability through reducing mortality, morbidity and longevity risk ... Read the full article

Swiss Re names candidates for Board of Directors election

8th December 2017

Swiss Re's Board of Directors has nominated Karen Gavan, Eileen Rominger and Larry Zimpleman as candidates for election to join the Board at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on 20th April, 2018. Rajna Gibson Brandon has decided to step down after 17 years of service and current members Mary Francis and Robert ... Read the full article

IAG enters into risk sharing deals with Munich Re, Swiss Re, Hannover Re

8th December 2017

Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG) said this morning that it has entered into reinsurance arrangements with three of the biggest companies in the world, as it looks to better manage the volatility in its results. The 3 quota share reinsurance agreements will see IAG cede 12.5% of its underwriting business through ... Read the full article

Swiss Re CFO steps down, Strategy Officer Dacey to replace

8th December 2017

Swiss Re's Group Chief Financial Officer David Cole is stepping down from the reinsurance firm and will be replaced by the company's Group Chief Strategy Officer, John Dacey. Effective April 1st 2018, Dacey will succeed current CFO David Cole, who will step down to follow a non-executive career, including remaining a ... Read the full article

Swiss Re’s ReAssure buying 1.1m Legal & General life policies for £650m

6th December 2017

ReAssure, the closed life book consolidator specialist unit of global reinsurance firm Swiss Re, is to acquire 1.1 million life insurance policies from Legal & General in a deal worth UK £650 million. The transaction strengthens ReAssure's position in the United Kingdon and the firm says it is consistent with its ... Read the full article

Very interesting year ahead after industry “wake up call” says Kurt Karl, Swiss Re

27th November 2017

The recent, devastating impacts of third-quarter catastrophe events and the California wildfires serve as a wake up call to the insurance and reinsurance industry, with 2018 expected to be a very interesting year for the marketplace, according to Swiss Re's Chief Economist, Kurt Karl. In an interview with Reinsurance News, Karl ... Read the full article

Didier Belot promoted to Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Head of Southeast Asia

23rd November 2017

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, a division of global reinsurer Swiss Re, has promoted Didier Belot from a post leading the Innovative Risk Solutions team in Asia Pacific to Head of Southeast Asia. Belot first joined Swiss Re in 2008 and has held roles across the U.S., China, and Europe. "Didier's experience in ... Read the full article

Emerging markets to drive re/insurance premium growth over next two years: Swiss Re

22nd November 2017

Global reinsurer Swiss Re is expecting non-life premiums to grow by at least 3% annually over the next two years and life premiums to grow by 4%, with the majority being driven by emerging markets. The reinsurance giant has said that an improved economic outlook is expected to fuel demand for ... Read the full article

Jerome Jean Haegeli to replace Kurt Karl as Swiss Re’s Chief Economist

21st November 2017

Global reinsurance giant Swiss Re has announced that Jerome Jean Haegeli will replace Kurt Karl as Group Chief Economist at the Swiss Re Institute, effective January 1st, 2018. Karl is retiring at the end of 2017 after 17 years with Swiss Re, which includes six years as Group Chief Economist. Karl discussed ... Read the full article

Not a fun year for reinsurance, general price turn expected: Kurt Karl, Swiss Re

21st November 2017

2017 has not been a fun year for profitability in the reinsurance industry, according to Swiss Re's Chief Economist Kurt Karl, who said this morning that his company expects to see price hardening, particularly in the United States and loss affected areas but also more generally across the industry. Speaking this ... Read the full article

Europe’s big four hit with record Q3 losses but capitalisation remains strong: Fitch

16th November 2017

The capitalisation of Europe's big four reinsurers remains strong, despite a heavy hit to earnings after significant claims from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (HIM), the Mexico earthquakes and the California wildfires could make Q3 a record year for reinsurers' catastrophe losses. Rating agency Fitch said that while all four reported significant ... Read the full article

Swiss Re CFO says climate change has altered the risk landscape

3rd November 2017

After Swiss Re reported a nine-month net loss close to half a billion dollars from recent catastrophes, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), David Cole, warned that climate change had altered the risk landscape. The reinsurer expects natural catastrophe claims from events such as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and Australia's Cyclone Debbie ... Read the full article

Swiss Re to push for better pricing in wake of nine month loss

2nd November 2017

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re is hoping that pricing conditions will improve in both property & casualty reinsurance and its commercial insurance arm in wake of recent catastrophe losses, which drove the firm to a net loss of $468 million for the first nine months of 2017. Swiss Re suffered most in ... Read the full article