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  • Medical malpractice
    Analysis

    Medmal to stay hard until at least 2021

    2020-01-23T06:56:00Z

    The profits warning and reserve charge by US medical professional liability ProAssurance highlighted the challenges facing a market where frequency and severity of claims are at record levels…

  • Swiss Re
    Analysis

    Swiss Re faces $1.3bn in losses from Japanese typhoons and Chilean riots

    2020-01-22T12:38:00Z

    Swiss Re faces a combined $1.3bn loss from 2019’s Japanese typhoons and the Chilean riots, according to equity analyst Jefferies, which has warned over the reinsurer’s continued “outsized exposure” to the most cat-exposed regions.

  • Q4-EARNINGS
    Analysis

    Commercial insurance pricing and casualty reserves to dominate Q4 earnings season

    2020-01-21T14:41:00Z

    As the US reporting season gets underway this week it is inevitable that pricing momentum will once again feature heavily in management commentary and earnings call discussions with analysts.

  • Space
    Analysis

    Space market hit by “worst ever” $600mn+ losses in 2019

    2020-01-21T12:42:00Z

    The space insurance market suffered losses of over $664mn from two total loss events in 2019, making it the second consecutive year that losses outstrip gross written premiums in the market.

  • Cyber security
    Analysis

    Will regulators thwart insurtech’s pricing potential?

    2020-01-21T12:37:00Z

    The technology for insurers to price truly at an individual level is close to becoming a reality, but concern is rising that regulators will not allow them to deploy it.

  • Business interruption
    Analysis

    Downstream writers seek to tame the BI beast

    2020-01-15T12:49:00Z

    No-one in the onshore energy market will want reminding of just how torrid the recent loss experience has been. Since June we’ve had two potential mega-losses involving Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ (PES) fire and series of explosions at its Philadelphia oil refinery, as well as the more recent explosions at TPC ...

  • IVANS index (% reate change) i
    Analysis

    Commercial lines continue upwards pricing move in December: IVANS

    2020-01-14T20:35:00Z

    US commercial lines pricing remains on an upwards drive with commercial auto and general liability rates rising in December at a faster pace than during any other month in 2019, according to the IVANS Index.

  • S&P Global Ratings
    Analysis

    S&P warns of US P&C reserving complacency

    2020-01-14T18:03:00Z

    S P Global Ratings has maintained a stable outlook on the US property casualty sector but raised concerns about “worrisome” reserve increases and social inflation highlighting pricing complacency. 

  • Selected 2019 US brokerage hiring disputes i
    Analysis

    War for talent drives broker disputes into 2020

    2020-01-10T20:22:00Z

    Last year saw an unusually high amount of hiring disputes between brokers in the US. Three of these lawsuits have been resolved so far in 2020, but some high-profile clashes are still rumbling on between rivals such as Marsh, Aon, Alliant, BMS, Cobbs Allen, CRC and EPIC.

  • AFG and Neon
    Analysis

    AFG counts the cost of its enervating Lloyd’s experience

    2020-01-10T16:31:00Z

    American Financial Group’s decision earlier this week to withdraw from the Lloyd’s market – taking a $50-60mn Q4 charge in the process – marks the end of a painful relationship that has cost the Cincinnati-headquartered insurance group over $500mn in entry and departure fees and underwriting losses in between, analysis ...

  • Bushfires
    Analysis

    XoLs safe for now as Australian bushfires imperil QS and agg covers

    2020-01-08T17:33:00Z

    Current losses from the wildfires ravaging vast swathes of Australia are not at a level to threaten excess-of-loss reinsurers, but the aggregate covers of the country’s big three carriers are set to be impacted. The latest estimate for insured losses from the current bushfires released by ...

  • Retro 1.1 renewals Everest and Aeolus
    Analysis

    Late inflow of capacity helped clear 1.1 retro market

    2020-01-06T21:05:00Z

    A late move to come off the sidelines by ILS funds thought to include Aeolus and traditional retro powerhouse Everest Re was a key driver in largely clearing the market after a lengthy stand-off between sellers and buyers, The Insurer understands.

  • Neon
    Analysis

    Neon closure latest in Lloyd’s market cull

    2020-01-06T18:16:00Z

    Neon has become the latest Lloyd’s carrier to close following a string of market exits since the Corporation launched remedial action to turn around the performance of the market in May 2018, ushering in a tougher regime for underperformers.

  • 2019
    Analysis

    The Insurer’s Year in Review: Part Two

    2019-12-31T14:07:00Z

    A comparatively quiet year for natural catastrophes after the record losses of 2017 and 2018, 2019 brought its fair share of manmade headline-grabbing events – from industry newcomers, the Argo vs Voce saga, battling brokers and the rise of the insurtech ‘unicorn’ to political agendas playing out on both sides ...

  • 2019 part 1
    Analysis

    The Insurer’s Year in Review: Part One

    2019-12-31T11:18:00Z

    After years of underwriters trying to talk up pricing, but enjoying little or no success, 2019 finally saw rates start to tick up across the commercial insurance market. What began as a few pockets of price correction in late 2018 and early 2019 had by the end of the ...

  • Retro 1.1 renewals
    Analysis

    Retro market begins to clear after late activity

    2019-12-18T22:18:00Z

    A surge of firm order terms (FOTs) in the last few days indicates that the 1.1 retro market has finally begun to clear, with sources suggesting pricing is up in the 10-20 percent range for loss-free occurrence deals and up 20-30 percent for aggregate covers, The Insurer can reveal. ...

  • 1.1 Renewals
    Analysis

    Calm before storm on property as casualty gains traction at 1.1

    2019-12-17T14:02:00Z

    A multispeed market is developing in a late 1 January reinsurance renewal where casualty conditions are beginning to shift through the gears but property treaty remains stuck in neutral – at least for now.

  • Lloyd's syndicates' 2020 stamp capacity change
    Analysis

    Lloyd’s 2020 stamp capacity grows 6%

    2019-12-13T16:58:00Z

    Lloyd’s will operate with a total market stamp capacity in the region of £33bn ($43bn) in 2020, up circa 6 percent year-on-year as many market participants gain business plan approval to increase capacity at 1.1.

  • The-Hartford
    Analysis

    The Hartford adds Avis CEO De Shon to board

    2019-12-13T13:37:00Z

    The Hartford has appointed Larry De Shon to its board of directors, effective 19 February 2020.

  • Property D&F
    Analysis

    Rehabilitation road

    2019-12-13T13:21:00Z

    Dislocation has been the watchword for the commercial property insurance market this past year on both sides of the Atlantic; but such fragmentation has also brought opportunity.