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…

AIR’s California wildfires estimate increases four-fold

AIR’s California wildfires estimate increases four-fold

AIR’s California wildfires estimate increases four-fold

AIR Worldwide has increased its insured loss estimate for October’s Californian wildfires to between $8bn and $10bn, up from $2bn–$3bn stated previously. The catastrophe modelling firm said the revised figure reflects new information about policy terms and a revaluation of replacement values for high-value homes. AIR’s loss estimate covers damage to residential and commercial properties, as well as motor and…

Ferma concerned that buyers’ view missing from EU cyber insurance report

Ferma concerned that buyers’ view missing from EU cyber insurance report

Ferma concerned that buyers’ view missing from EU cyber insurance report

Ferma has welcomed the publication of an EU report on standardising various aspects of cyber insurance, but “regrets” that the voice of buyers is not represented, with evidence gathered only from the insurance industry. In particular, Ferma is concerned that the Commonality of Risk Assessment Language in Cyber Insurance report by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security…

More insurers take action on coal and climate change

More insurers take action on coal and climate change

More insurers take action on coal and climate change

Insurance companies have pulled $20bn out of investments in coal and a growing number are refusing to underwrite new coal projects, according to a scorecard on the industry from the Unfriend Coal campaign. Zurich announced this week that it will divest from and cease offering insurance to companies that depend on coal for more than 50% of their business. The…

ENISA calls for standardisation of cyber insurance

ENISA calls for standardisation of cyber insurance

ENISA calls for standardisation of cyber insurance

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) has called on the insurance industry and policymakers to standardise cyber insurance coverage, language and risk assessments, in a major new report. In its report published on Wednesday (15 Nov), the EU’s cybersecurity agency makes several recommendations for policymakers and insurers, aimed at harmonising cyber insurance in a bid to…

Beazley revamps SME cyber policy

Beazley revamps SME cyber policy

Beazley revamps SME cyber policy

Beazley has expanded its cyber insurance policy for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), in direct response to the growing intensity of cyberattacks. The insurer said its redesigned Beazley Breach Response (BBR) cyber policy, first launched in 2009, “covers the universe of cyber risks” facing SMEs, in particular business interruption. Mike Donovan, global focus group leader for Beazley’s technology, media and…

NFIP reauthorisation to 2022 passed by House of Representatives

NFIP reauthorisation to 2022 passed by House of Representatives

NFIP reauthorisation to 2022 passed by House of Representatives

Risk management society RIMS has called on the US Senate to follow the lead of the House of Representatives this week and reauthorise the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) before it expires on 8 December. Reauthorisation under the proposed House bill would extend the NFIP until 2022. Welcoming the decision by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, RIMS vice-president Robert…

Insurers could face $1bn bill as Las Vegas gun attack victims file lawsuits

Insurers could face $1bn bill as Las Vegas gun attack victims file lawsuits

Insurers could face $1bn bill as Las Vegas gun attack victims file lawsuits

Victims of the Las Vegas shooting at the beginning of last month are suing the Mandalay Bay hotel, its owner MGM Resorts International and concert promoter Live Nation, for failing to put in place adequate protection. Reports claim that insurers could be in line for $1bn in payouts linked to the attack, which was carried out by a lone gunman…

Fitch warns insurers to remain cautious over cyber growth

Fitch warns insurers to remain cautious over cyber growth

Fitch warns insurers to remain cautious over cyber growth

Insurers that aggressively grow their cyber risk liabilities are likely to fall foul of ratings agencies, according to Fitch Ratings. Following a conference on cyber insurance in New York, Fitch said cyber insurance business would be credit-neutral for most underwriters, but it added that a high concentration of cyber risk, or rapid growth, would outweigh the earnings benefits of accessing…

Insurers not doing enough with technology and innovation, say risk managers

Insurers not doing enough with technology and innovation, say risk managers

Insurers not doing enough with technology and innovation, say risk managers

Asia’s Risk managers have such low expectations of insurers’ and their ability to innovate that two thirds of them believe they will never receive a policy document on the day of inception in their lifetime. This revelation was one of the more striking findings from this year’s Risk Frontiers Asia survey, produced by Commercial Risk Asia in partnership with Parima…

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