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October 2017/4

  • The onslaught of catastrophes in the third quarter could serve as a springboard for commercial rate hikes in the US, if commentary by early reporter and industry bellwether Travelers is anything to go by.
  • The stars finally seem to be aligning for the legacy market, which has spent years waiting patiently for the anticipated wave of liabilities to arrive.
  • Three proceed to second round of Sovag run-off sale
  • Make no mistake about it, at times like these, the modelling and ratings agencies are the de facto regulators of the marketplace.
  • Cat bond market prices had been written down by 5.3 percent by mid-October after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as multiple insurance-linked securities (ILS) transactions were expected to respond to the disasters
  • While most industry participants agree that a significant portion of insurance-linked securities (ILS) capital supporting retro and collateralised reinsurance will reload at 1.1, the extent of the "re-up" and the return it will require continues to be debated.
  • Brokers and reinsurers fought for position at the PCI annual meeting in Chicago last week ahead of a 1 January renewal that looks increasingly difficult to call.
  • Rate softening in the European reinsurance market will come to an end in January as the insurance sector responds to a $100bn third quarter cat bill.
  • A look-up table of all the Q3 loss announcements so far by company
  • Look-up tables of all the Q3 loss announcements so far by event
  • With the third quarter earnings season around the corner, the market is waiting to see how much of a toll the recent hurricanes had on results, and what it is likely to mean for full-year earnings
  • Swiss reinsurers posted an overall underwriting loss in 2016 as their collective non-life combined ratio increased by 10 percentage points year-on-year to 106 percent, data from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma) shows