Engineering construction

Fire fuels engineering claims but nat cats and defects still biggest construction concerns


Fire is the biggest cause of loss for engineering claims, accounting for over a quarter of total losses, but natural catastrophes and product defect losses remain the main sources of concern for the construction market, according to analysis by Allianz Global Corporate Specialty (AGCS).

PG&E california wilfire

PG&E wins right to retain control of bankruptcy


Bankrupt California utility company Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will retain control of its multibillion-dollar bankruptcy process after a judge denied requests by two groups of creditors to file their own Chapter 11 exit plans.

Fitch Ratings – Cyber

Reinsurers’ H1 performance bolstered by low cat losses: Fitch


Below-average catastrophe losses in the first six months of 2019 boosted non-life reinsurers’ underwriting profitability at the half year point, but performance among life and health carriers and ILS markets was mixed, according to Fitch.

Tom Wilson – Allstate

Allstate reveals $235mn July cat losses, including $49mn of creep


Allstate has revealed $235m of pre-tax and $186mn after-tax catastrophe losses for July, with a Colorado hail storm the largest event in the month.

Cyber Security

Marriott has recovered $93mn of cyber insurance so far


Marriott International, which suffered a large data breach last November, has revealed in a 10-Q filing that it had recovered $93mn from its cyber insurance policy as of the end of June and had renewed its insurance at higher cost.

Swiss Ren – Beijing

Secondary perils drive $19bn H1 insured loss bill: Swiss Re


Wind and water damage brought by thunderstorms, torrential rain and snowmelt caused $13bn of the $19bn losses felt by the insurance industry in the first half of 2019.

QBE results

QBE takes larger H1 net individual risk losses after reinsurance restructure


QBE has reported improved attritional claims experience for the first half of 2019 that was partly offset by increased net costs of large individual risk and catastrophe claims tied to its recently simplified reinsurance programme.

Taiwan – typhoon Lekima

Typhoon Lekima insured losses will top $850mn: AIR


AIR Worldwide has estimated insured losses in China from this weekend’s Typhoon Lekima will exceed CNY6bn ($854mn).

US Flooding

Perils ups Townsville flood loss estimates 17%


Loss aggregation firm Perils has increased its estimate of insured losses stemming from Australia’s Townsville floods in January and February this year to A$1.22bn ($821.8mn), marking an increase of 17 percent on its previous estimate issued in May.

Moody's California wildfire

California’s new wildfire fund positive for P&C insurers


Ratings agency Moody’s has warned that subrogation recoveries from California wildfires are uncertain given PG&E’s bankruptcy but the ratings agency believes new legislation establishing a new $21bn wildfire fund will benefit insurers.


Liberty Mutual reveals $82mn Jebi development


Liberty Mutual has revealed loss creep from Typhoon Jebi, while reporting a 101.2 percent combined ratio for the second quarter.

Sirius Q2 results

Jebi creep hits Sirius results in Q2


Sirius International Insurance Group fell to a second quarter operating loss of $19mn as the Bermudian’s underwriting results were hit by loss creep on its property reinsurance book.


Townsville insured loss estimate rises to $844mn: ICA


Six months’ after devastating floods hit Townsville in Queensland, Australia, insurers have now settled 60 percent of resulting claims – to the tune of A$521mn ($353.8mn) – with the total insured loss expected to reach A$1.24bn ($844.3mn).

Capital One – Cyber attack

Capital One reveals $400mn cyber cover after breach


US bank Capital One has revealed it has insurance covering cyber risk events with a total coverage limit of $400mn, following a breach of over 100 million individuals’ personal information.

Munich Re

Munich Re pegs H1 2019 nat cat insured losses at $15bn


Insured losses resulting from natural catastrophes in the first half of the year have cost the industry $15bn, representing slightly over a third of the $42bn economic loss, according to reinsurance giant Munich Re.

Mark Watson Argo

Argo reveals $32.5mn hit driven by casualty reserve charge and Q2 cats


Bermudian (re)insurer Argo Group International Holdings has warned its upcoming earnings will be impacted by $22.5mn of adverse development from prior year accident year losses primarily in its Bermuda casualty business and $10mn of net losses from Q2 2019 catastrophes.

California wildfire aftermath i

Insurers seek control of PG&E


A group of insurers that say Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) owes them more than $20bn from wildfire claims is seeking to take over the California utility provider and pull it out of bankruptcy.

Boeing share price i

Boeing confirms $500mn grounding claims in Q2 results


Troubled aviation giant Boeing has confirmed a $500mn claims hit to aviation underwriters in its second quarter results.

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