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The good and bad news for reinsurers

August 31, 2022 by Jason Contant

The global reinsurance industry appears to be in a “state of equilibrium,” with positive and negative factors countering each other, according to a new report from AM Best. Despite lingering economic and operational challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, AM

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Why global reinsurers are high-fiving right now

August 17, 2022 by Jason Contant

For the first time in five years, global reinsurers posted an underwriting profit, albeit a small one. The average combined ratio of the Top 10 global reinsurers was 99.2% in 2021, significantly better than the 104.9% posted in 2020, credit

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OSFI softens stance in new reinsurance guidelines

February 14, 2022 by David Gambrill

OSFI has softened its stance on two of the Canadian P&C industry’s key concerns in the solvency regulator’s final published guidelines on Sound Reinsurance Practices and Procedures (B-3) and Property and Casualty Large Insurance Exposures and Investment Concentration (B-2). Revised

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Should PACICC purchase reinsurance?

January 13, 2022 by Jason Contant

Canadian P&C insurers have expressed mixed views about whether the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC) should purchase reinsurance to mitigate the impact of a natural catastrophe-triggered default of a member insurer. However, a PACICC industry consultation paper found

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What Canadian insurers paid for reinsurance in Jan. renewals

January 5, 2022 by David Gambrill

Reinsurance rate increases for catastrophes in Canadian property lines depended on whether the carriers’ portfolios took a hit last year, with 10% to 20% rate increases for catastrophe portfolios that took a loss, and 5% to 10% increases for those

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Where the industry stands with OSFI’s redrafted reinsurance rules

November 4, 2021 by Jason Contant

When the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released its reinsurance discussion paper in 2018, it created quite a stir in Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry. The association representing Canadian P&C insurers, the Insurance Bureau of Canada

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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