Insurance premium growth slowed in 2013, but expected to strengthen

The growth rate of global non-life and life insurance premiums was slower in 2013, then the rate seen in 2012, but both are expected to strengthen during 2014, according to one of the world's largest reinsurance firms Swiss Re. Swiss Re's latest sigma report looks at the growth rate of insurance read the full article →

Reinsurance premium growth to lag behind insurance: Munich Re

Premium growth in reinsurance lines of business is expected to lag behind primary insurance premium growth over the next few years, according to the world's largest reinsurance firm Munich Re in its latest insurance market outlook report. Munich Re published its latest report looking at the insurance and reinsurance market today read the full article →

Capital weighted cat bond spreads at issuance hit low in 2013

The decline in catastrophe bond and insurance-linked security (ILS) spreads and premiums over the last year has been well document, with some tranches seeing 40% declines in pricing over comparable issuance a year earlier. So it is no surprise that 2013 saw the lowest average capital weighted catastrophe bond spreads (so read the full article →

ILS market transformed into a driver of reinsurance rates in 2013

The insurance-linked securities (ILS) and catastrophe bond market transformed from an alternative source of reinsurance capacity into a driver of rates in 2013, according to the insurance and pension solutions team at Deutsche Bank. This is an insightful spot by the team at Deutsche Bank. ILS and catastrophe bonds have long read the full article →

Non-life insurance premiums set to expand, ILS opportunities will emerge

The year 2012 saw global insurance premium growth resume, after 2011 saw a contraction, according to the latest Sigma report from reinsurer Swiss Re. Premiums are set to continue to grow at a moderate pace, with non-life and emerging markets leading the way. This could lead to new opportunities for read the full article →

As primary insurance grows, reinsurers and capital markets need to be ready

The world's largest reinsurer Munich Re expects the global insurance market to grow strongly over the rest of this decade as emerging economies come up to speed, according to a study published today. Munich Re’s Insurance Market Outlook 2013 concludes that both primary property and casualty insurance and life insurance read the full article →

Reinsurers set to profit from rising rates despite string of disasters

You would be forgiven for thinking that the recent spate of catastrophes and natural disasters had left re/insurers sobbing quietly as they contemplated the prospects of an unprofitable year in 2011. That's not the case though, as recent quarterly reports have shown many re/insurers predicting the return of rising reinsurance read the full article →