SiriusPoint planning a “sidecar-like” retrocession program

SiriusPoint, the new international insurance and reinsurance firm that will be launched out of the coming together of Third Point Re and Sirius Group, is planning for its retrocession program to be "sidecar-like", the company said. SiriusPoint came about after Bermuda headquartered, once total return focused reinsurer Third Point Re and read the full article →

Arch reveals up to $165m of Q4 P&C re/insurance cat losses

Arch Capital, the Bermuda headquartered specialty insurance and reinsurance group, has pre-announced an expectation that it will report up to $165 million of catastrophe losses from events in the fourth-quarter of 2020. The company has estimated that on a pre-tax basis and net of any recoveries from its reinsurance or retrocession read the full article →

Industry loss from Australia’s Jan 2020 hailstorms raised to A$1.9bn

The insurance and reinsurance industry loss estimate for the severe hailstorms that struck the southeastern region of Australia in January 2020 has been raised by roughly 4% to almost AU $1.9 billion. Zurich based, industry-backed estimator of catastrophe insurance and reinsurance market losses PERILS AG had originally estimated the property market read the full article →

Mortgage investor Bayview lifts second cat bond target to $200m

The targeted size of the second parametric earthquake catastrophe bond for specialist mortgage security focused investment manager Bayview Asset Management, LLC looks like it could increase in size by as much as one-third, with the upper target for the Sierra Ltd. (Series 2021-1) cat bond deal now lifted to $200 read the full article →

Retro market more balanced than first feared at Jan 1: Vickers, Willis Re

A combination of forces coalesced in the second-half of 2020 which served to reduce demand for retrocession capacity at 1/1, resulting in a less constrained marketplace than initially expected, according to James Vickers, Chair of Willis Re International. In the retro market at the key, January 1st, 2021 reinsurance renewals, “you read the full article →

AXIS adds $125m of COVID losses, up to $80m cat losses from Q4

AXIS Capital, the Bermuda headquartered global specialty insurance and reinsurance firm, has pre-announced catastrophe losses for the fourth-quarter of 2020, revealing $125 million of additional impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and up to $80 million from natural catastrophes during the period. The fresh COVID-19 losses takes AXIS Capital's total for the read the full article →

Climate change may increase hurricane damage & losses: AIR-led report

Climate change and the future state of our climate may mean increased damage and ultimately insurance and reinsurance market losses from hurricanes, as more frequent storms and sea-level rise ramp up storm surge impacts in particular. This is the conclusion of a study undertaken by risk modeller AIR Worldwide, insurance and read the full article →

Hudson Structured backed SPAC Kairos raised $276m

Kairos Acquisition Corp., the Hudson Structured Capital Management Ltd. backed insurance, reinsurance and insurtech focused Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), or blank check company, maximised the size of its capital raise, securing $276 million to put towards an acquisition or combination. Back in December we explained that Hudson Structured Capital Management, read the full article →

Commodity risk insurtech Stable launches collateralized insurer in Bermuda

Stable, a technology company that provides an index-based platform for commodity hedging, has launched in Bermuda and established a collateralized insurer class of company to support its insurance work and presumably reinsurance needs. Stable has been around for a few years and having honed its data science tech platform and tools, read the full article →

RSA & QBE say reinsurance to cover new BI claims after Court ruling

After Friday's ruling from the UK Supreme Court found largely in favour of insurance policyholders in the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA)’s business interruption insurance test case appeals, insurance carriers RSA Group and QBE, have said that at least a portion of the increase in gross pandemic losses due to the read the full article →