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…

Ironshore ups political risk capacity for APAC amid ongoing uncertainty

Ironshore ups political risk capacity for APAC amid ongoing uncertainty

Ironshore ups political risk capacity for APAC amid ongoing uncertainty

Specialty insurer Ironshore has expanded its political risk business lines in Asia-Pacific, by increasing capacity for its Singapore-based political risk and trade credit unit from $15m to $50m and hiring a new underwriter. Sam Lim joins from AIG and will report to Boo Hui Yun, managing director of Ironshore Asia-Pacific. The extra capacity is a result of greater concern about…

Multinationals consider implications of UN sanctions on N Korea

Multinationals consider implications of UN sanctions on N Korea

Multinationals consider implications of UN sanctions on N Korea

The ongoing escalations between North Korea and the rest of the world took another step when the United Nations (UN) voted to impose further sanctions on the rogue nation after its sixth and largest nuclear test. The measures were voted for unanimously by the 15 states that sit on the UN Security Council (including Russia and China). As a result,…

RMS adds cyclones and earthquakes to its Asia-Pacific risk models

RMS adds cyclones and earthquakes to its Asia-Pacific risk models

RMS adds cyclones and earthquakes to its Asia-Pacific risk models

Risk modelling and analytics firm RMS has expanded its portfolio of risk models with the addition of tropical cyclone and earthquake models covering Asia-Pacific. More specifically, the new models include typhoon models for South Korea and Taiwan, adding to existing ones for Japan and China, as well as earthquake models for Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, which will not sit…

One Belt One Road key to raising risk management standards in Asia: Parima

One Belt One Road key to raising risk management standards in Asia: Parima

One Belt One Road key to raising risk management standards in Asia: Parima

The One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, China’s ambitious development project designed to coordinate large infrastructure projects in China and place itself at the centre of global trade and construction, could also play a critical role in raising risk management standards across Asia. This was one of the central points made at the Pan-Asian Risk and Insurance Management Association (Parima)…

Asia Pacific continues to lead shipping losses but trend is positive: AGCS

Asia Pacific continues to lead shipping losses but trend is positive: AGCS

Asia Pacific continues to lead shipping losses but trend is positive: AGCS

The south China, Indochina, Indonesia and Philippines region continues to lead the world shipping losses table, according to the Allianz Safety & Shipping Review 2017. The insurer’s latest report reveals that 23 of the 85 total losses suffered in 2016 occurred in the region. The region also leads the longer-term table. From 2007 to 2016, it was a clear leader…

Beazley, Chaucer and Talbot form Singapore political risk consortium

Beazley, Chaucer and Talbot form Singapore political risk consortium

Beazley, Chaucer and Talbot form Singapore political risk consortium

Three insurers in the Lloyd’s market have joined forces to form a political risk consortium in Asia, offering large-scale capacity for a wide range of political and contract frustration risks. Beazley, Chaucer and Talbot will work together to provide capacity of up to $130m for individual risks, with a policy period of up to seven years, through a new Lloyd’s…