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…

Marsh index records biggest quarterly insurance price rise of 6% in Q2

Marsh index records biggest quarterly insurance price rise of 6% in Q2

Marsh index records biggest quarterly insurance price rise of 6% in Q2

Marsh revealed during its second-quarter results call that average global commercial insurance prices rose nearly 6% in Q2. This is the biggest increase the firm’s Global Insurance Market Index has recorded since it began tracking in 2012, and marks the seventh consecutive quarter of rising prices. Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) president and CEO Dan Glaser told analysts the 6% jump follows…

Insurers report further market hardening in early results

Insurers report further market hardening in early results

Insurers report further market hardening in early results

The first insurers reporting second-quarter and half-year results say rate increases are on the rise, with hardening conditions spreading to further lines and regions. The changing market in favour of insurers is helping many to deliver decent numbers. The firming market enabled Chubb to report another excellent set of quarterly and half-year results as it benefited from a “flight to…

Insured H1 nat cat losses of $20bn lowest since 2006: Aon

Insured H1 nat cat losses of $20bn lowest since 2006: Aon

Insured H1 nat cat losses of $20bn lowest since 2006: Aon

Insured nat cat losses of $20bn in the first half of this year were 26% below the 18-year average of $27bn and the lowest since 2006, according to an estimate by Aon’s Impact Forecasting. With £73bn of economic costs 22% lower than this century’s average, the half year has generated a protection gap percentage points above the mean average of…

Allianz forecasts rebound for Asia’s insurance markets

Allianz forecasts rebound for Asia’s insurance markets

Allianz forecasts rebound for Asia’s insurance markets

Following a disappointing 2018, Allianz is predicting that Asia’s insurance market will rebound in 2019 and be a primary driver of global insurance growth over the next decade. Industry projections have repeatedly forecast a strong improvement in Asia’s insurance industry given the strong growth rates of many of its economies and the relatively low level of insurance penetration to date.…

Record insurtech investment levels belie lack of obvious value: WTW

Record insurtech investment levels belie lack of obvious value: WTW

Record insurtech investment levels belie lack of obvious value: WTW

Investment in the insurtech sector reached record highs in Q1 2019 yet there is a lack of obvious value in the many of the newest insurtech offerings, according to a recent report. The latest Quarterly Insurtech Briefing from insurance broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW) shows that the highest number of transactions yet (85 with a total value of $1.42bn) were…

Zurich on track to meet P&C targets as rates rise

Zurich on track to meet P&C targets as rates rise

Zurich on track to meet P&C targets as rates rise

Zurich is on track to meet turnaround targets for its P&C business this year, as it delivered a 4% boost to gross written premiums during Q1 to $9.2bn on like-for-like sales, and average rate increases of 2%. Zurich said it is ahead of targets set for the 2017-2019 period as part of a three-year plan to pull the insurer out…

Cost of typhoon Jebi to hit $12bn

Cost of typhoon Jebi to hit $12bn

Cost of typhoon Jebi to hit $12bn

The latest estimates from reinsurers suggest that the cost to the insurance industry of Typhoon Jebi could rise to as much as $12bn. Should the estimate prove to be true, it would make Jebi the costliest typhoon to ever hit Japan. It would also be a considerable increase on previous estimates from both reinsurers and risk modelling firms. The typhoon…

Asian P&C rates to rise by 10% says WTW

Asian P&C rates to rise by 10% says WTW

Asian P&C rates to rise by 10% says WTW

Global broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW) has forecast that catastrophe loss-affected property and casualty (P&C) rates will rise by at least 10% in Asia through 2019. The broker has also called for a new approach to risk and insurance in the region, as a result of a more sophisticated corporate marketplace driven by global economic and political pressures. The forecasted…

Allianz names new head for Asia P&C business

Allianz names new head for Asia P&C business

Allianz names new head for Asia P&C business

Claudia Salem has been named by Allianz as the chief executive of its Asian property and casualty (P&C) business. Ms Salem joins from AIG, where she served as Singapore chief executive and head of southeast Asia. In her new role, she will be responsible for the profit and loss and functional development of the business, as well as overseeing the…

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