US cyber insurers profitable but market is ‘rapidly evolving’

US cyber insurers profitable but market is ‘rapidly evolving’

US cyber insurers profitable but market is ‘rapidly evolving’

Cyber insurers in the US are currently profitable, but are wary of tomorrow’s risks, according to AM Best. Overall, underwriting performance on this line of business remains strong, as insurers have significantly increased their writings, said Best. The ratings agency called the US cyber insurance market “rapidly evolving”, with total claims growing 39% in 2018. First-party claims remain the primary…

New strategic direction for IAIS in 2020

New strategic direction for IAIS in 2020

New strategic direction for IAIS in 2020

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) has revealed that it is shortly to “embark on a new strategic direction”. It said that its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and Financial Outlook has been approved, which sets out the high-level goals and strategies that will guide the association in its work for the next five-year period beginning 1 January 2020. Secretary general…

EIOPA calls for strengthening of insurance sector regulation

EIOPA calls for strengthening of insurance sector regulation

EIOPA calls for strengthening of insurance sector regulation

Regulation of the insurance sector should be strengthened, according to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) in its recently released 2018 Annual Report. The report sets out its activities and achievements of the past year, as well as looking ahead. “EIOPA believes its regulation should be strengthened, in particular by an improved follow-up of the evaluations of supervisory…

New board members for Geneva Association

New board members for Geneva Association

New board members for Geneva Association

The Geneva Association has elected four new board members, from Ping An Insurance Company of China, Prudential Financial, The People’s Insurance Company of China, and Aviva. The Geneva Association is the global organisation of insurance and reinsurance chief executive officers. The four new members of the board are: Yuansiong Lee, co-CEO, Ping An Insurance Company of China; Charles F Lowrey,…

Risk managers looking for cross-class innovation from insurers

Risk managers looking for cross-class innovation from insurers

Risk managers looking for cross-class innovation from insurers

Risk managers are looking to insurers for innovative products at an enterprise level, but still face an industry often stuck in line-of-business silos, according to Julia Graham, technical director and deputy CEO of Airmic, speaking at Commercial Risk’s ‘Global Programmes Consistency and Certainty 2019’ conference in London. She was asked how risk managers choose their insurer when setting up a…

Cyber premiums in US growing but at a lower pace, says Aon report

Cyber premiums in US growing but at a lower pace, says Aon report

Cyber premiums in US growing but at a lower pace, says Aon report

Cyber premiums for US insurers have more than doubled in the last four years, from $993m in 2015 to more than $2bn in 2018, according to Aon’s latest US Cyber Market Update. The report states that cyber insurance has been profitable for the large majority of insurers, in spite of the industry seeing cyber catastrophe losses from NotPetya in 2017,…

AGCS announces new global leadership roles for aviation and marine

AGCS announces new global leadership roles for aviation and marine

AGCS announces new global leadership roles for aviation and marine

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE (AGCS) has appointed Tom Fadden as AGCS global head of aviation, with immediate effect. On 1 July 2019, Ulrich Kadow will be appointed as AGCS global head of marine. Both will report directly to chief underwriting officer specialty Paul O’Neill, who will directly oversee the energy line of business on an interim basis. Mr…

The curious contradiction of M&A risk transfer

The curious contradiction of M&A risk transfer

The curious contradiction of M&A risk transfer

Mary Duffy, global head of M&A insurance at AIG, explains why it pays for risk managers to be front and centre during an acquisition or divestiture. Risk and insurance managers are central to placing international programmes, managing relationships with insurance and broking partners and coordinating the claims process. But it is a curious contradiction that the same is often not…

Reinsurers well prepared for near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, says Moody’s

Reinsurers well prepared for near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, says Moody’s

Reinsurers well prepared for near-normal Atlantic hurricane season, says Moody’s

Reinsurers are well capitalised ahead of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, according to Moody’s Investors Service, after leading weather organisations confirmed that this year’s season will be near historical averages for the Atlantic Basin. An average or near-normal season produces ten to 15 named storms, four to nine hurricanes, and one to four major hurricanes, according to the National Oceanic…

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