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December 2016/3

  • Share price data on The Insurance Insider's universe of P&C (re)insurers
  • The Insider 50 was up just 0.38 percent for the week when closing bells rang at stock exchanges on either side of the Atlantic on Friday (16 December).
  • Auto lines have relentlessly undermined the profitability of commercial insurance operations at many of the industry’s biggest players in recent years, and 2016 has been no exception.
  • Global insured losses from natural catastrophes reached $42bn in 2016, up 51 percent from the prior year, according to a report from Swiss Re’s Sigma unit.
  • Two Florida insurers have issued debt to insurance-linked securities (ILS) managers in recent weeks, highlighting the fact that a broader group of such companies are prepared to invest in such deals.
  • Florida Citizens Property Insurance has tentatively set aside $70mn to spend on its reinsurance buying in 2017, as it faces rising losses from water claims and assignment of benefits (AOB) litigation. 
  • Insurance intermediaries are the agents of change for technological innovation in the (re)insurance market, according to Cedent chairman and CEO Michael Coles.
  • Bermudian reinsurance experts believe the island's resilience will protect it against any tax changes from US president-elect Donald Trump that might threaten its industry position.
  • The complexity of (re)insurance has been a major factor in the low level of disruption experienced by the industry, according to a panel of experts.
  • Enstar's legacy-and-live total return reinsurer KaylaRe, which it launched last week (15 December) with capitalisation of $620mn, looks likely to be the final entrant in the recent spate of such carriers to make it over the line.
  • Lockton's Texas division is suing two of its former employees after they allegedly led a team defection to rival broker Marsh.
  • By the time the US Federal Reserve nudged interest rates higher last week (14 December), the change had already been priced in and most investors and treasury managers had made any adjustments to portfolios and allocations that might have been expected as a result.