Singapore’s Etiqa targets SMEs with online insurance platform

Singapore’s Etiqa targets SMEs with online insurance platform

Singapore’s Etiqa targets SMEs with online insurance platform

Singapore-based insurer Etiqa has launched an online platform for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to buy commercial insurance. The Business Owners Super Suite (BOSS) enables SMEs to engage in what Etiqa claims is a wholly automated or ‘straight-through’ purchasing process. Underinsurance and an absence of formal risk management among SMEs is one of the biggest problems in the Asian commercial…

Asia-Pacific holds key to future insurance growth: EY

Asia-Pacific holds key to future insurance growth: EY

Asia-Pacific holds key to future insurance growth: EY

A willingness to experiment and embrace disruption among Asia-Pacific insurers holds the key to the industry’s future, according to a recently released report from consultant EY. Its insurance outlook for 2019 report reveals that both the life and non-life sectors are growing in the region, against a backdrop of weak growth in insurance markets globally. While the life sector has…

AGCS bolsters ART business in Asia-Pacific

AGCS bolsters ART business in Asia-Pacific

AGCS bolsters ART business in Asia-Pacific

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) is expanding its alternative risk transfer (ART) business with the launch of a new unit dedicated to Asia-Pacific. Former Marsh & McLennan managing director Richard Green will head up the new business. Mr Green has been based in Asia since 2005 and was previously regional head of ART and cyber insurance at Marsh, where…

Asia suffers huge September cat losses but protection gap persists

Asia suffers huge September cat losses but protection gap persists

Asia suffers huge September cat losses but protection gap persists

September saw Asia suffer thousands of fatalities and billions of dollars in insurance losses in the costliest month of natural disasters so far in 2018. Yet despite the high number of claims, insured losses will be relatively lower than in the US despite more severe damage to property, more instances of business interruption and a significantly higher number of deaths.…

Swiss Re launches parametric haze cover in Singapore amid rising cat exposure

Swiss Re launches parametric haze cover in Singapore amid rising cat exposure

Swiss Re launches parametric haze cover in Singapore amid rising cat exposure

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has launched a parametric trigger-based, standalone, haze insurance solution for businesses operating in Singapore. The coverage protects companies from a potential loss of income and reduced trade if a haze event hits Singapore. Southeast Asia has suffered badly from haze outbreaks during the past two decades, mainly because of the burning of peat forests in the…

Asia counts the cost of Typhoon Mangkhut

Asia counts the cost of Typhoon Mangkhut

Asia counts the cost of Typhoon Mangkhut

The clean-up from Typhoon Mangkhut has begun as the devastated areas of the Philippines, China and Hong Kong assess the loss of life and long-lasting damage that resulted from the most severe storm of the year so far. The super typhoon is also likely to raise the issue of the insurance gap in the region, given that insured losses in…

Insured losses from Typhoon Jebi estimated between $2.3bn and $4.5bn

Insured losses from Typhoon Jebi estimated between $2.3bn and $4.5bn

Insured losses from Typhoon Jebi estimated between $2.3bn and $4.5bn

The estimated insured property losses from Typhoon Jebi, which hit Japan on 4 September, could reach somewhere between $2.3bn and $4.5bn according to catastrophe risk modelling firm AIR Worldwide. The typhoon, which was the strongest to hit Japan in 25 years, made landfall in Japan at midday on the island of Shikoku with sustained wind speeds of 180km/h. It then…

Insured losses for flooding in western Japan could hit $4bn after record rainfall 

Insured losses for flooding in western Japan could hit $4bn after record rainfall 

Insured losses for flooding in western Japan could hit $4bn after record rainfall 

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide estimates that industry insured losses from the flooding in western Japan caused by excessive rainfall from 28 June to 8 July will be between $2.6bn and $4bn. Several days of record-breaking rainfall between 28 June and 8 July led to widespread inland flooding in more than 30 prefectures across western and south-central Japan. The rainfall…

China braces for deadly typhoon as Japan counts human and economic cost

China braces for deadly typhoon as Japan counts human and economic cost

China braces for deadly typhoon as Japan counts human and economic cost

China is bracing itself for the impact of Typhoon Maria, which has already led to the deadliest flood disaster in Japan since 1983, caused huge disruption and will lead to heavy insured losses, not least business interruption. The typhoon skirted past Taiwan and caused much lower damage than originally expected. But it continued northwest toward the eastern coast of China, making…

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

The Japanese government is set to fund the launch of a parametric disaster insurance pool designed to provide Asean nations with easily distributable recovery funds following natural catastrophes. According to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review, the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (Seadrif) will be formally announced later in May at the annual meeting of the Asian Development…

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