Reinsurers bemoan lack of rate change in Asian insurance market

Reinsurers bemoan lack of rate change in Asian insurance market

Reinsurers bemoan lack of rate change in Asian insurance market

Despite the fact that 2017 was a severe year of natural catastrophes, the Asian insurance market has seen little impact in terms of rate changes, much to the disappointment of many insurers and reinsurers. Rates in the region have been deteriorating for several years, due to excess capacity and strong competition. This has led insurers to question whether certain commercial…

Rousseau takes charge at restructured SCOR Business Solutions, promising to increase ‘client-centricity’

Rousseau takes charge at restructured SCOR Business Solutions, promising to increase ‘client-centricity’

Rousseau takes charge at restructured SCOR Business Solutions, promising to increase ‘client-centricity’

SCOR has reorganised its growing SCOR Business Solutions (SBS) unit in a move it says will make the firm more relevant to customers, be easier for brokers to use and help deliver planned growth in the large global corporate primary market. The Paris-based group said that in line with its current strategic ‘Vision in Action’ plan, it is “enhancing the…

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

Japan set to back Asean parametric disaster insurance fund

The Japanese government is set to fund the launch of a parametric disaster insurance pool designed to provide Asean nations with easily distributable recovery funds following natural catastrophes. According to a report in the Nikkei Asian Review, the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (Seadrif) will be formally announced later in May at the annual meeting of the Asian Development…

RMS launches new HD model for Japanese earthquakes

RMS launches new HD model for Japanese earthquakes

RMS launches new HD model for Japanese earthquakes

Risk modelling firm RMS has released its new Japan Earthquake and Tsunami High Definition (HD) model. According to RMS, the model, which was developed in partnership with scientific agencies, insurers and local experts, offers a more detailed representation of earthquake and tsunami risk for the region. In addition to the input from its collaborators, the model also incorporates research gained…

JD.com buys 33.3% share in Allianz China General Insurance

JD.com buys 33.3% share in Allianz China General Insurance

JD.com buys 33.3% share in Allianz China General Insurance

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is to acquire a third of Allianz China General Insurance as part of its push into the financial services sector. The 33.3% stake, which is still subject to government approval, will cost JD.com $85.4m (CNY537m) and will make it the second-largest shareholder in the insurance operation, after Allianz. JD.com, the second-largest e-commerce company in China after…

HWI launches new underwriting venture in Hong Kong

HWI launches new underwriting venture in Hong Kong

HWI launches new underwriting venture in Hong Kong

A new Hong Kong-based managing general agent (MGA) has been launched by independent insurer HWI International Group. NuVu Underwriting Hong Kong is set to begin writing business from 1 July 2018, subject to regulatory approval, and will be headed by Jeremy Austen. The MGA will initially concentrate on property, marine, personal accident, fine art, specie and terrorism. While HWI has…

RKH Specialty signals Asia push with new CEO appointment

RKH Specialty signals Asia push with new CEO appointment

RKH Specialty signals Asia push with new CEO appointment

International broking group RKH Specialty has appointed Stuart Beatty as its new chief executive for Asia-Pacific, a position he previously occupied at JLT Re. The position, which is based in Singapore, is newly created and signals RKH Specialty’s intention to develop a larger presence in the region. Its most senior executive in Asia was Singapore chief executive Karly Shaw, who…

US winter storms hit $3bn in March: Impact Forecasting

US winter storms hit $3bn in March: Impact Forecasting

US winter storms hit $3bn in March: Impact Forecasting

US winter storms are estimated to have caused $3bn in economic losses last month, with insurers picking up two thirds of the bill, according to Aon Benfield’s Impact Forecasting. Publishing its monthly global catastrophe report, Impact Forecasting said winter storms caused travel delays and damage, killing ten people, while March also recorded the US’s first tornado for a record 306…

Final loss estimate for Cyclone Debbie put at $1.3bn

Final loss estimate for Cyclone Debbie put at $1.3bn

Final loss estimate for Cyclone Debbie put at $1.3bn

Perils, the Zurich-based catastrophe data provider, has issued its fourth and final estimate for the losses suffered by property insurers from Cyclone Debbie, the tropical storm that hit Australia in March 2017. The estimate, which puts the losses at $1.3bn (AUD1.7bn), comes almost a year to the day that the category four cyclone made landfall on 28 March, hitting the…

Berkshire Hathaway opens Perth office for specialty insurance

Berkshire Hathaway opens Perth office for specialty insurance

Berkshire Hathaway opens Perth office for specialty insurance

Commercial insurer Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has expanded its Australian presence with an office opening in Perth, Western Australia. The new office will be led by casualty underwriting head Anthony Prindiville and property underwriting head Mark Shephard. The Perth office will add to BHSI’s existing branches in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and will focus on underwriting casualty, property, mining,…

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