Nat cat insured losses return to below-average levels in 2019: Willis Re

Nat cat insured losses return to below-average levels in 2019: Willis Re

Nat cat insured losses return to below-average levels in 2019: Willis Re

Insured natural catastrophe losses of $53bn last year trailed the $65bn average of the past nine years and were 34% lower than 2018, according to analysis by Willis Re. The insured loss is the lowest since 2016, with heavy consecutive years of 2017 and 2018 sandwiched in between. Willis Re’s figures confirm those from other sources. Swiss Re has placed…

Elevated levels of civil unrest to continue in 2020, warns Maplecroft

Elevated levels of civil unrest to continue in 2020, warns Maplecroft

Elevated levels of civil unrest to continue in 2020, warns Maplecroft

The world experienced a big increase in civil unrest during 2019 and this trend could be the “new normal”, according to the latest Civil Unrest Index from political risk analysts Verisk Maplecroft. A quarter of the world’s countries saw significant increases in civil unrest last year, with notable violent outbreaks in Hong Kong, Lebanon and Chile. The number of countries…

Iran conflict fears ease but foreign firms advised to prepare for the worst

Iran conflict fears ease but foreign firms advised to prepare for the worst

Iran conflict fears ease but foreign firms advised to prepare for the worst

Foreign companies are being advised to prepare for ongoing volatility in the Middle East, but the risk of a wider conflict involving Iran appears to have receded for now, according to political risk experts. However, insurance premiums will rise exponentially in marine and other lines for companies operating in the region, according to law firm DWF Recent weeks have seen dramatic…

Risk managers with operations in the Middle East must brace for rising premiums as tensions boil over, says DWF

Risk managers with operations in the Middle East must brace for rising premiums as tensions boil over, says DWF

Risk managers with operations in the Middle East must brace for rising premiums as tensions boil over, says DWF

The Middle East crisis will see premiums rise exponentially in marine and other lines for companies operating in the region, according to law firm DWF. Jonathan Moss, head of marine and trade at DWF, said: “The latest chapter of turbulence in the Middle East will undoubtedly lead to insurers and reinsurers – particularly in lines such as hull, war, piracy,…

Neon to enter Lloyd’s run-off in 2020

Neon to enter Lloyd’s run-off in 2020

Neon to enter Lloyd’s run-off in 2020

Lloyd’s managing agency Neon Underwriting is being placed into run-off by its US owner American Financial Group (AFG). AFG said Neon has “failed to achieve” profitability objectives since it acquired the business as Marketform in 2008. In particular, AFG said Neon’s results prospects for 2019 and 2020 fall below its expectations. Marketform relaunched as Neon in 2016 with a book…

Optio expands political violence and terror offering through Newbridge acquisition

Optio expands political violence and terror offering through Newbridge acquisition

Optio expands political violence and terror offering through Newbridge acquisition

Optio, the London-based MGA formed though the merger of Ascent Underwriting, Cove Programs and broker Bay Risk Services in September of 2018, has announced the acquisition of specialist political violence and terrorism MGA Newbridge Risk Partners for an undisclosed sum. Newbridge was formed in 2015 on the Castel platform, the specialist operation formed by London market underwriting group Barbican in…

Business faces ‘tougher’ challenges in 2020 as political risk map reveals top threats

Business faces ‘tougher’ challenges in 2020 as political risk map reveals top threats

Business faces ‘tougher’ challenges in 2020 as political risk map reveals top threats

The top five political and security risks facing businesses in 2020 are “more acute” and threaten to have a greater impact next year, according to Control Risks’ RiskMap 2020. CEO of Control Risks Nick Allan said the top five risks are “eerily reminiscent” of those identified for business in 2019 but with greater potential force. “Control Risks expects a tougher…

Political risk damages confidence of UK financial services firms, finds CNA Hardy survey

Political risk damages confidence of UK financial services firms, finds CNA Hardy survey

Political risk damages confidence of UK financial services firms, finds CNA Hardy survey

Political risk is weighing on business confidence in the UK financial services sector, according to a survey by CNA Hardy that found 25% of respondents ranked it the number one threat in 2020 – almost double the figure in the same poll a year ago. Meanwhile, confidence levels among European financial services firms have risen this year and pulled away…

Five megatrends mean company directors face heightened D&O risk according to Allianz

Five megatrends mean company directors face heightened D&O risk according to Allianz

Five megatrends mean company directors face heightened D&O risk according to Allianz

Company executives are facing five “megatrends” that are set to create a heightened risk environment for D&O liability in 2020 and further challenge the profit margins of D&O insurers, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), which said it has seen double-digit growth in D&O claims in the past five years. ‘Bad news’ or event-based claims have driven a…

Liberty Specialty Markets promises to be stable option for European buyers as market changes

Liberty Specialty Markets promises to be stable option for European buyers as market changes

Liberty Specialty Markets promises to be stable option for European buyers as market changes

Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM) will continue its push into Europe and be a stable partner for risk managers through changing market conditions, according to Kerry McKay, head of distribution in Europe at LSM. LSM has grown significantly in Europe during the past three years, and will continue to expand steadily in the region, despite the retrenchment of some insurers in…

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