China Re to acquire Chaucer Group for $950m

China Re to acquire Chaucer Group for $950m

China Re to acquire Chaucer Group for $950m

China Reinsurance is set to spend close to a billion dollars acquiring specialty insurer Chaucer from Hanover Insurance. The deal, which is still subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, is expected to close by early 2019. China Re will acquire Chaucer Insurance, Hannover Australia and Hannover Insurance International Holdings in return for $865m in cash and an $85m dividend to…

GDP at risk from geopolitical and security threats in leading cities up 16%

GDP at risk from geopolitical and security threats in leading cities up 16%

GDP at risk from geopolitical and security threats in leading cities up 16%

Annual GDP under threat from geopolitical and security risks to the world’s largest cities rose by 16% in the past year, according to research by the Centre for Risk Studies at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Its 2018 Global Risk Index, upon which the Lloyd’s City Risk Index published this week is based, the centre finds that interstate conflict, which…

Aon’s 2018 maps show political violence and risk on the rise

Aon’s 2018 maps show political violence and risk on the rise

Aon’s 2018 maps show political violence and risk on the rise

Political violence risk has increased worldwide for the third year in a row, while broader political risk is also up, according to analysis by Aon. The broker’s newly released 2018 political risk, terrorism and political violence risk maps also suggest that the global threat posed by Islamic State (IS) has peaked, with its reach likely to fall in 2018. Political…

Reinsurance space remains buyer’s market at 1 April renewals: Willis Re

Reinsurance space remains buyer’s market at 1 April renewals: Willis Re

Reinsurance space remains buyer’s market at 1 April renewals: Willis Re

The 1 April reinsurance renewals continued the trend set in January with a broadly flat pricing environment for loss-free programmes, as reinsurers failed to push through rate increases, according to Willis Re. Although ongoing reinsurance price declines witnessed during recent years have halted, plentiful capital, ongoing interest from the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector and large primary insurers re-entering the reinsurance…

Trade credit insurer gives APAC stable risk rating

Trade credit insurer gives APAC stable risk rating

Trade credit insurer gives APAC stable risk rating

Global trade credit insurer Atraidus has given a moderate and stable forecast for the economic prospects within Asia-Pacific in its latest report, which examines the political and economic risks in the region’s 11 major economies. And while no major risks are highlighted in the report, it does warn of an expected increase in the number of insolvencies in the region,…

Marsh’s 2018 political risk map suggests choppy waters ahead for multinationals

Marsh’s 2018 political risk map suggests choppy waters ahead for multinationals

Marsh’s 2018 political risk map suggests choppy waters ahead for multinationals

Turbulence in political risk – particularly Brexit negotiations, trade protectionism and the North Korea missile crisis – will continue into 2018 and feature high on the agenda of multinationals, Marsh said on publishing its Political Risk Map 2018 with BMI Research. In Europe, the political risk landscape continues to be dominated by the UK’s exit from the European Union and…

Demand rises for political risk cover as threat level remains high

Demand rises for political risk cover as threat level remains high

Demand rises for political risk cover as threat level remains high

Despite an improving global economic outlook, political risk remains heightened, driving demand for political risk insurance. The world economy grew faster than expected in 2017, while the IMF recently revised its growth forecasts upwards for 2018 and 2019. The uptick in growth is broad-based, particularly in Europe and Asia. The improved outlook reflects growing momentum in global growth and US…

BI, cyber and nat cats top 2018 Allianz Risk Barometer

BI, cyber and nat cats top 2018 Allianz Risk Barometer

BI, cyber and nat cats top 2018 Allianz Risk Barometer

Business interruption (BI), cyber and natural catastrophes are the leading business risks this year, according to more than 1,900 risk experts from 80 countries polled for the latest Allianz Risk Barometer. The survey by Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty (AGCS), reveals that BI and cyber also remain the leading two risks in Europe, where changes to legislation/regulation and natural catastrophes…

Unpredictable political leaders will cause ‘profound uncertainty’ in 2018, warns Control Risks

Unpredictable political leaders will cause ‘profound uncertainty’ in 2018, warns Control Risks

Unpredictable political leaders will cause ‘profound uncertainty’ in 2018, warns Control Risks

Risk managers and business will face “profound uncertainty” in 2018, as increasingly unpredictable behaviour from a rising number of national political leaders ushers in a period of geopolitical fragility, according to Control Risks’ 2018 RiskMap. The annual political and security risk map, published this week, warns that such behaviour is making it extremely difficult for companies to plan ahead. It…

Global rates fall again but rises on the way for cat risk: Marsh

Global rates fall again but rises on the way for cat risk: Marsh

Global rates fall again but rises on the way for cat risk: Marsh

Global commercial insurance rates fell for the 18th consecutive quarter in Q3 2017 according to data from Marsh. However, the figures do not account for the effects of recent heavy nat cat losses, with early indications that pricing is on the rise for US catastrophe-exposed property risks, the broker stressed. Marsh’s latest Global Insurance Market Index shows that global average…

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