Less is more to ensure BI claims certainty, says Swiss Re

Less is more to ensure BI claims certainty, says Swiss Re

Less is more to ensure BI claims certainty, says Swiss Re

A broadening of coverage in business interruption (BI) insurance due to price pressure and competition is leading to concerns about claims certainty, according to Swiss Re Corporate Risk Solutions (SRCS). The BI proportion of Property Damage claims continues to grow and in some cases eclipses physical loss to assets by more than double. It is not uncommon for BI losses to…

Rate increases likely as record cat losses take toll

Rate increases likely as record cat losses take toll

Rate increases likely as record cat losses take toll

With predictions of record catastrophe losses for insurers in 2017, premium rate increases look increasingly likely in 2018. However, with near-record levels of capacity and recent growth in alternative capital, any hardening in insurance and reinsurance pricing is expected to be shortlived. Following the double whammy of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in late August and early September, few were forecasting…

QBE predicts record loss year for insurance industry and announces $600m hit

QBE predicts record loss year for insurance industry and announces $600m hit

QBE predicts record loss year for insurance industry and announces $600m hit

2017 is likely to beat all records and become the costliest year in the history of the global insurance industry, according to insurer QBE, as it announced an increase in its own reserves for large individual risk and catastrophe claims that will hit earnings by $600m. This year has seen a spate of natural catastrophes, including several hurricane losses during…

Typhoons to cost Hong Kong insurers more than $130m

Typhoons to cost Hong Kong insurers more than $130m

Typhoons to cost Hong Kong insurers more than $130m

Typhoons Hato and Pakhar, which caused widespread damage in Hong Kong, Macau and the Chinese province of Guangdong, have landed Hong Kong’s insurers with a bill of more than $130m (HK$1bn). According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the estimate would be a record sum for typhoon-related claims. The last time insurers were left with costly typhoon-related claims was…

China, Macau and Hong Kong battered by Typhoon Hato

China, Macau and Hong Kong battered by Typhoon Hato

China, Macau and Hong Kong battered by Typhoon Hato

Parts of southern China, Hong Kong and Macau are counting the cost of typhoon Hato, the most severe storm to hit the region in half a century. As of last Thursday (24 August), the typhoon had claimed 16 lives and dozens of injuries, forced thousands to be evacuated and caused widespread disruption to businesses and transport. Hong Kong and the…

Half of Asian businesses have no liability insurance: QBE

Half of Asian businesses have no liability insurance: QBE

Half of Asian businesses have no liability insurance: QBE

Asia’s corporate market is significantly underprotected against liability risks, according to a recent study by QBE Insurance that revealed roughly half of Asian companies have no business liability insurance at all. The report, Risk in Regret, shows that the vast majority of Asian businesses have some form of insurance, most notably property and casualty, but less than half have invested…

Swiss Re launches parametric typhoon policies for Hong Kong and China

Swiss Re launches parametric typhoon policies for Hong Kong and China

Swiss Re launches parametric typhoon policies for Hong Kong and China

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions (SRCS) has launched what it claims is the first ever typhoon warning insurance product for Hong Kong-based businesses. Dubbed Insure8, the parametric product pays out to policyholders when a typhoon signal number eight (T8) is issued by the Hong Kong Observatory. The policy is designed to indemnify local businesses from business interruption (BI) or loss of…

Construction safety a top concern for China to address: Parima conference

Construction safety a top concern for China to address: Parima conference

Construction safety a top concern for China to address: Parima conference

Basic safety measures are lacking on many Chinese construction sites despite the rising public anger over the Tianjin explosion of 2015, where the full extent of damage has yet to be quantified. With the One Belt One Road initiative likely to signal a boom in construction, there is an urgent need for enhanced safety standards and it has become a…

APAC companies top the charts for risk preparedness: Aon survey

APAC companies top the charts for risk preparedness: Aon survey

APAC companies top the charts for risk preparedness: Aon survey

Global companies’ preparedness for the top 10 risks they face has deteriorated and risk readiness of global firms is at an all-time low, according to Aon’s 2017 Global Risk Management Survey. Global preparedness for the top 10 risks fell from 58% in 2015 to 53% in 2017. Aon said the findings are “worrisome”, particularly given that this year’s report surveyed…

A legal guide to cyber BI cover in Asia

A legal guide to cyber BI cover in Asia

A legal guide to cyber BI cover in Asia

Business interruption (BI) insurance, in the traditional context of commercial property insurance, is well established. While in Asia BI wordings are largely consistent, the wordings found in most traditional BI policies have not been universally adopted in the modern context of cyber risk/data breach BI insurance which, broadly, is directed at the disruption caused to a business through lack of…

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