Australia braces for more cat losses as Esther threatens to re-intensify

Australia braces for more cat losses as Esther threatens to re-intensify

Australia braces for more cat losses as Esther threatens to re-intensify

Australian citizens and insurers are bracing themselves for another week of catastrophic losses as former Tropical Cyclone Esther tracks an unpredictable path across northern Australia and could re-intensify later in the week, according to the Bureau of Meteorology which described it as “a remarkable system”. Australia is still picking up the pieces of months of devastating bushfires that will cost…

S&P says EMEA and US insurers will take coronavirus claims ‘in their stride’

S&P says EMEA and US insurers will take coronavirus claims ‘in their stride’

S&P says EMEA and US insurers will take coronavirus claims ‘in their stride’

European and US insurers are likely to comfortably deal with claims from the current coronavirus outbreak, according to S&P. However, it warned that given China’s importance in a “just-in-time world”, contingent business interruption claims could arise anywhere across the globe. But the ratings agency said any claims will fall within the range of capital buffers at insurers and reinsurers in…

Hard European market set to last for at least two years, warns Aon

Hard European market set to last for at least two years, warns Aon

Hard European market set to last for at least two years, warns Aon

Aon said it is now clear that risk managers are heading towards a hard commercial insurance market in Europe following a decisive break in the last quarter of 2019, and warned there will be at least two years of rate increases before any stabilisation. Aon’s global chief broking officer, Hugo Wegbrans, said the firm’s Navigating a Changing Insurance Market report last…

Coronavirus spikes in Europe as Italy places northern towns on lockdown and global pandemic fears mount

Coronavirus spikes in Europe as Italy places northern towns on lockdown and global pandemic fears mount

Coronavirus spikes in Europe as Italy places northern towns on lockdown and global pandemic fears mount

The impact of Covid-19 hit Europe hard over the weekend, as the Italian government in particular took drastic action to try and halt a fast-rising number of cases in the country. The Italian authorities placed several northern towns on lockdown as there were reports of up to 150 cases in the country by Sunday evening, up from the World Health…

Acceleration in coronavirus numbers hammers Asia-Pacific manufacturing figures

Acceleration in coronavirus numbers hammers Asia-Pacific manufacturing figures

Acceleration in coronavirus numbers hammers Asia-Pacific manufacturing figures

Leading economies in the Asia-Pacific region are feeling the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, as manufacturing figures in Japan and Australia slumped and South Korea’s exports to China fell – a key bellwether of the health of the regional economy. The gloomy manufacturing and export figures came as the World Health Organization reported on Sunday morning (23 Feb) central European…

Coronavirus impacts top brands’ sales and supply chains

Coronavirus impacts top brands’ sales and supply chains

Coronavirus impacts top brands’ sales and supply chains

Major global corporates are starting to feel the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in China as supplies and components exported from the country dry up, global brand retail stores in China remain closed and tourism in the region is rocked. Supply chain issues and business disruption are the pressing risks from the outbreak. This week, European and US companies with…

Germany will account for around half of €1.1bn to €1.9bn Ciara/Sabine loss

Germany will account for around half of €1.1bn to €1.9bn Ciara/Sabine loss

Germany will account for around half of €1.1bn to €1.9bn Ciara/Sabine loss

Insured losses from Europe’s Storm Ciara/Sabine are estimated to total between €1.1bn and €1.9bn, with claims in Germany likely to account for half the total loss. RMS said the storm will costs insurers between €1.1bn and €1.8bn, with around 50% hitting Germany. The estimate is in line with the €1.1bn to €1.9bn forecast by AIR last week. Germany’s insurance association…

China province launches coronavirus cover

China province launches coronavirus cover

China province launches coronavirus cover

The Chinese province of Hainan has launched an insurance product specifically designed to cover losses incurred by businesses as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. According to reports citing a notice released by the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), the scheme has set aside CNY200m ($28.7m) to cover payouts. The Hainan government will subsidise 70%…

French firms face dwindling supply chain insurance options as problems with NDBI spread to CBI

French firms face dwindling supply chain insurance options as problems with NDBI spread to CBI

French firms face dwindling supply chain insurance options as problems with NDBI spread to CBI

Transferring supply chain risks has become a much harder task for French firms as the insurance market hardening pushes underwriters to restrict coverages and increase prices. According to France’s risk management association AMRAE, contingent business interruption (CBI) coverages are now only available for better-managed risks linked to direct suppliers, while brokers say that non-physical damage business interruption (NDBI) extensions have…

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