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How much are reinsurers underestimating climate change risk?

October 18, 2021 by Jason Contant

Global reinsurers could be underestimating climate change exposure by up to 50%, according to a recent analysis by S&P Global Ratings.  “Our scenario analysis suggests that reinsurers’ estimates of their exposure to natural catastrophe risk — and therefore physical climate

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Outlook for reinsurers improves post-pandemic

September 8, 2021 James Langton, Investment Executive

Despite a recent string hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters, the outlook for the global reinsurance sector is improving, according to rating agencies Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings. In a new report, Moody’s said the outlook for the

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A.M. Best unveils new estimate of reinsured COVID losses

September 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Recognized COVID-related losses are about US$40 billion for the global reinsurance industry, A.M. Best Company Inc. said in a reported released Aug. 30. Original estimates of insured COVID losses “easily exceeded” twice that US$40 billion figure, “with around half the

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How reinsurance prices could come down

June 29, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Record-low interest rates are making insurance-linked securities attractive to some investors, and this could be good news for primary insurers. ILS includes but is not limited to catastrophe bonds, said Marcos Alvarez, Toronto-based senior vice president and head of insurance

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Second CEO in 15 months for SCOR Canada

June 3, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

SCOR Canada Reinsurance Company is getting a new CEO, Olivier Gay (pictured) the Paris-based reinsurance announced Thursday. The move is effective June 11. Gay succeeds Paul Christoff, whose appointment as CEO of SCOR Canada was announced in February 2020. At

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Where insurers stand on OSFI’s reinsurance rules

April 28, 2021 by Jason Contant

Although proposed draft reinsurance rules from the federal solvency regulator have not been finalized, the president and CEO of Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is indicating that the regulator and Canadian P&C insurers may be bridging the gap. “I take

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Why you can expect your reinsurance rates to go up on renewal

April 6, 2021 by David Gambrill

Reinsurers in Canada’s P&C industry had a rough time negotiating through COVID last year, with the sector’s overall combined ratio skyrocketing from a profitable 92.6% in 2019 to an unprofitable 103.7% in 2020. Claims costs were a major force behind

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Get ready for a ‘multi-year correction’ upwards in commercial insurance pricing

February 2, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Despite consecutive quarters of double-digit increases in specialty lines, commercial insurers are likely to continue raising your clients’ premiums even further in the coming years, a Bermuda insurance CEO warns. “While the pricing momentum we are seeing in both insurance

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Storm System

October 15, 2020 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Several pressures on rate suggest reinsurance premiums will rise during the January 2021 renewal season. By how much? Reinsurance execs look into the crystal ball

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Cat bonds starting to attract this type of investor

October 15, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Catastrophe bonds are gaining a reputation as a socially responsible investment, a CatIQ Connect speaker said Wednesday. “Investors seeking investments in the [environmental, social and governance] market are starting to classify cat bonds as a responsible investment,” said Alyson Slater,

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‘Bold and underline that’ — What this Aon exec says is the top reinsurance issue

September 25, 2020 by Adam Malik

Social inflation is the top item of concern for an Aon reinsurance executive, even if it’s an issue being exacerbated in the United States rather than in Canada. “I would bold and underline that — that is, I think, the

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Winners and losers of the COVID-19 quarter

September 24, 2020 by David Gambrill

Although COVID-19 infected the underwriting results of the entire P&C insurance industry, it did not affect all insurance organizations equally, as recent data released by MSA Research shows. “The overall picture that emerges at the end of June is one