IAG reports 6% rate increase in Australia and confirms potential Indian sale

IAG reports 6% rate increase in Australia and confirms potential Indian sale

IAG reports 6% rate increase in Australia and confirms potential Indian sale

Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has reported a significantly improved net profit after tax of just over $1bn for full-year 2019 ending 30 June. This is up more than 16% over the prior year, partly driven by further price strengthening in its commercial insurance book, particularly in Australia. Commercial insurance prices written by IAG in Australia rose by 6% during the year…

Lloyd’s retraction supports strong price momentum in Asia and Pacific: Marsh

Lloyd’s retraction supports strong price momentum in Asia and Pacific: Marsh

Lloyd’s retraction supports strong price momentum in Asia and Pacific: Marsh

Asian commercial insurance prices rose by 3.5% in the second quarter of this year, following a 4% increase in the first quarter and the highest increase in five years, according to global broker Marsh. The broker says the recent traction by Lloyd’s has had an impact in both regions. Commercial insurance prices rocketed in the Pacific region by 18% in…

Hormuz crisis means Indian importers face huge hike in marine cargo premiums

Hormuz crisis means Indian importers face huge hike in marine cargo premiums

Hormuz crisis means Indian importers face huge hike in marine cargo premiums

Indian companies that import crude oil, petroleum products, chemicals and fertilisers from the Arabian Gulf and through the Strait of Hormuz are paying “phenomenally higher” cargo insurance premiums to cover war and strikes, an Indian broker has told newspaper Hindu Business Line. Standard Cargo insurance clauses exclude war and strikes. To acquire the cover, buyers need to attach the war…

Global insurance M&As at highest level since 2015, says Clyde & Co

Global insurance M&As at highest level since 2015, says Clyde & Co

Global insurance M&As at highest level since 2015, says Clyde & Co

Global insurance industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have increased by 13% in the first half of 2019, the highest level since 2015, according to Clyde & Co’s Insurance Growth Report mid-year update. The first half of 2019 saw 222 completed deals worldwide, up from 196 in the second half of 2018, the biggest increase in the volume of transactions since…

Swiss Re teams up with EF Marine to enter fast-evolving Indian P&I market

Swiss Re teams up with EF Marine to enter fast-evolving Indian P&I market

Swiss Re teams up with EF Marine to enter fast-evolving Indian P&I market

Swiss Re has teamed up with Singapore-based insurer EF Marine to offer protection and indemnity (P&I) cover with potential limits up to $500m, to foreign ships that call at Indian ports. EF Marine, which has offices in Singapore and Rotterdam and provides AA-rated security from Swiss Re, announced that it is now an approved insurance provider for the purpose of…

India to allow 100% foreign direct investment in insurance intermediaries

India to allow 100% foreign direct investment in insurance intermediaries

India to allow 100% foreign direct investment in insurance intermediaries

The Indian government has announced that it plans to allow 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) in insurance intermediaries. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the government will examine suggestions of further opening up of FDI in sectors, including insurance, and will also permit 100% FDI for insurance intermediaries, according to a report in The Hindu Business Line. FDI in the sector…

Indian government considers plan to merge all four state-owned non-life carriers

Indian government considers plan to merge all four state-owned non-life carriers

Indian government considers plan to merge all four state-owned non-life carriers

Leading Indian newspapers report that the Indian government is planning to form a single state-owned mega non-life insurer through the merger of all four state-run insurers: Oriental, National, United India and New India. The Indian government announced plans to merge Oriental, National and United India in its 2018 budget. The latest news is that the government is now looking into…

China, India, US and Algeria account for 80% of barriers damaging EU exports, says EC

China, India, US and Algeria account for 80% of barriers damaging EU exports, says EC

China, India, US and Algeria account for 80% of barriers damaging EU exports, says EC

A staggering 80% of trade barriers damaging EU exports emanate from only four countries: China, the US, India and Algeria, according to the latest analysis by the European Commission (EC) published this week. New barriers introduced in 2018 were worth up to €51.4bn in hindered exports from the EU-28. This is more than double the €23.1bn lost in 2017, estimates the…

Cargo theft loss prevention must focus on insider threat: report

Cargo theft loss prevention must focus on insider threat: report

Cargo theft loss prevention must focus on insider threat: report

Theft from trucks continues to account for the highest proportion of cargo thefts worldwide and the threat from insiders – employees, contractors and even business partners – continues to rise, according to analysis carried out by transport insurer TT Club and supply chain intelligence firm BSI. The Global Cargo Theft Intelligence Report for 2018 found that thefts from trucks accounted for 84%…

Chamber of Commerce advises Indian government to raise insurance foreign ownership cap

Chamber of Commerce advises Indian government to raise insurance foreign ownership cap

Chamber of Commerce advises Indian government to raise insurance foreign ownership cap

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has advised the Indian government to raise the ceiling on foreign direct investments (FDI) in the insurance sector, to attract overseas investments. The Insurance Laws (Amendment Bill) 2015 raised the cap on total foreign investment in the insurance sector from 26% to 49%. This cap includes all forms of foreign…

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