Pioneer closes Lloyd’s syndicate

Pioneer closes Lloyd’s syndicate

Pioneer closes Lloyd’s syndicate

Pioneer Underwriters will close its Lloyd’s syndicate 1980 for the 2020 year of account, because the cost of capital is “no longer economically efficient”. The managing general agent (MGA) said Lloyd’s had approved its 2020 business plan that included a small increase in capacity, but since then it had concluded that the costs were simply too high. The syndicate closes…

Politically motivated cyberattacks most severe geopolitical risk, survey finds

Politically motivated cyberattacks most severe geopolitical risk, survey finds

Politically motivated cyberattacks most severe geopolitical risk, survey finds

Politically motivated cyberattacks cause the most severe disruptions of all geopolitical risks for organisations across the world, according to survey findings revealed at Commercial Risk Europe’s latest event. The survey also found that only a quarter of firms polled buy political risk insurance, with the majority saying it is more efficient to manage the risk internally. We held our Political…

Risk management lags increasing unpredictability, finds QBE

Risk management lags increasing unpredictability, finds QBE

Risk management lags increasing unpredictability, finds QBE

Political risk is making the world a more unpredictable place to do business, yet many companies are failing to plan adequately for unexpected events, according to research from QBE. The insurer’s analysis of factors that have impacted stability during the past 30 years found the world has demonstrably become a less predictable and more volatile place. In particular, 2010 and…

Beazley boosts Asia-Pacific expansion plan by taking 30% stake in Hong Kong’s Pegasus

Beazley boosts Asia-Pacific expansion plan by taking 30% stake in Hong Kong’s Pegasus

Beazley boosts Asia-Pacific expansion plan by taking 30% stake in Hong Kong’s Pegasus

Specialist Lloyd’s-based insurer Beazley has followed up its announcement made earlier this week about its Asian expansion plans, by revealing that it has taken a 30% stake in Pegasus, a Hong Kong-based coverholder. Beazley began working with Pegasus in January 2019, in an arrangement that the insurer said combines the coverholder’s knowledge of the market and strong broking relationships with…

Gallagher buys Swedish broker Proinova as it targets Scandinavia

Gallagher buys Swedish broker Proinova as it targets Scandinavia

Gallagher buys Swedish broker Proinova as it targets Scandinavia

Gallagher has bought specialist Swedish broker Proinova for an undisclosed fee. Proinova specialises in the real estate sector and has a longstanding relationship to deliver insurance, loss prevention and claims management services to trade association members. It also offers risk and insurance services for municipalities, hotels and conferences, and commercial property. The 19-strong team is headquartered in Helsingborg. Gallagher said…

‘Risk premium’ rises in Middle East after drone attacks

‘Risk premium’ rises in Middle East after drone attacks

‘Risk premium’ rises in Middle East after drone attacks

Attacks against oil installations in Saudi Arabia at the weekend place an additional “risk premium” on the Middle East and could lead to increased rates for political risk insurance, according to experts. On 15 September, a number of key oil installations in Saudi Arabia were severely damaged in attacks that shut down more than half of the kingdom’s oil production.…

Growing demand for multinational insurance despite headwinds

Growing demand for multinational insurance despite headwinds

Growing demand for multinational insurance despite headwinds

Demand for multinational insurance programmes continues to rise despite mounting anti-globalisation sentiment and protectionism, with captives, mid-sized companies and firms from emerging markets driving growth. Some companies in mature markets have scaled back programmes as they reduce their global footprint, but are generally looking at covering a wider range of risks in international programmes. According to brokers and insurers, demand…

AIG to affirm or exclude cyber cover in P&C policies from January 2020

AIG to affirm or exclude cyber cover in P&C policies from January 2020

AIG to affirm or exclude cyber cover in P&C policies from January 2020

AIG announced yesterday that, as of January 2020, virtually all of its commercial property and casualty policies will begin affirmatively covering or excluding physical and non-physical cyber exposures. The US-based international insurance group said this move will address “market concerns” that traditional commercial insurance policies across the industry – from property to general liability – are often silent about cyber…

Political risk capacity rides high at more than $3bn

Political risk capacity rides high at more than $3bn

Political risk capacity rides high at more than $3bn

Capacity for political risks is riding close to an “all-time high” at $3.09bn and is also strong for buyers in the credit insurance market, according to analysis from broker Gallagher. It said that trade and secured non-trade government counterparty capacity stands at $3.12bn, with a further $2.48bn for trade and secured non-trade private counterparty risks. Capacity for unsecured non-trade stands…

Corporate debt dynamics increase risk of hard landing for China’s economy

Corporate debt dynamics increase risk of hard landing for China’s economy

Corporate debt dynamics increase risk of hard landing for China’s economy

Recent efforts by the Chinese government to cushion its economic slowdown, partly sparked by the trade dispute with the US, by cutting taxes and easing monetary policy, are forcing corporate debt levels up again and will make it more difficult to avoid an economic hard landing in the medium term, according to trade credit insurer Atradius. The has insurer published…

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