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APAC commercial insurance pricing up 31% in Q2

COVID-19 related losses among the factors driving up insurance pricing - Marsh

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Insurers shine spotlight on container loss incidents

The extent and pace of growth in container volumes have put strains on a wide range of operational procedures

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Monsoon floods inflict $20 billion of damage in July

Much of the physical damage to property, infrastructure and agriculture is expected to be uninsured - Impact Forecasting

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Beirut port disaster loss to impact global insurers

Observers are drawing comparisons with the 2015 explosion in the Chinese port of Tianjin, which highlighted accumulation exposures in ports - AM Best

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Hard market to prompt captive growth

By Helen Yates

Firming commercial insurance prices and impacts from COVID-19 could present opportunities for the captive insurance segment - AM Best

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ICA prepares pandemic BI test case

The outcomes will be used to determine complaints arising in respect of COVID-19-related business interruption claims

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Australian insurers adapt to intangibles

Items like data, content, software code, brands, confidential information, inventions, industrial know-how, and design rights are integral to corporates

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Covid-19 transforms professional lines market

Rising premiums are expected for risk managers across the Asia-Pacific region

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ICA welcomes hazard research funding

The Australian Government has pledged $88.1m over the next ten years to the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre

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Nat cats cost global economy $75 billion in 1H 2020

Cyclone Amphan, which killed 133 people in India in May, was the costliest economic event of 1H 2020

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Australian hailstorms claims reach A$1.8 billion

The largest impact was experienced in Canberra which suffered from hailstones up to 6cm in size

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Asia counts cost of June floods - Aon

Total combined economic losses from flooding across the greater Yangtze River Basin in China in June is expected to reach $5.1 billion

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COVID to cost insurers up to $100 billion - sigma

Rate hardening is likely to continue amid potentially high losses and contracting insurance supply, particularly in commercial lines

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Parametric products can increase climate resilience

By Matt Ford

Today’s “wealth of data” can be used to construct risk transfer products for extreme weather - Nephila’s Barney Schauble

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AXA XL receives green light for Shanghai-domiciled reinsurer

AXA XL Re China will provide non-life reinsurance in China after CBIRC grants business license

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Study predicts near-normal tropical cyclone activity

Above-average numbers are however anticipated for the Philippines in the first part of 2020, as ENSO neutral conditions continue

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Marsh webinar highlights “collective failure of imagination”

By Matt Ford

Risk managers need to learn lessons from the pandemic, adapt to the “new normal” and plan strategically for an uncertain future - panellists

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APAC companies unprepared for climate risks - survey

More than half of APAC’s top CEOs and CFOs say their companies are underprepared for climate-related financial risks, finds FM Global

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Infrastructure to drive growth post COVID - sigma

Emerging Asia will invest an estimated $1.7 trillion annually, equal to 4.2% of GDP; China will account for 35% of global investment

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Zurich expands climate resilience team

“Risk management tools that can help businesses quantify the impact of climate change are high in demand”

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Power sector feels pandemic pressures

The increasing focus on ESG is also having a significant impact on future power sector risk management strategies

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Australian nat cat claims surpass $5.19 billion

Nearly of claims from the four storm, bushfire and hailstorm catastrophes have been closed by insurers - ICA

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WEF launches COVID-19 Risks Outlook

Economic distress and social discontent will rise unless world leaders, businesses and policymakers work together to manage pandemic fallout

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Lloyd’s pegs COVID losses at $4.3 billion

Estimates total industry losses of $203 billion; claims on a par with 9/11 and the combined impact of hurricanes in 2005 and 2017

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Covid-19 raises pandemic protection gap questions

The answers are likely to lie at government level, with insurance risk pools one option for future pandemics

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PARIMA calls on insurers to treat customers fairly

PARIMA is not in favour of regulators imposing retroactive coverage of claims, but calls for the creation of risk pools for future pandemics

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Philippines flood model launched

The combined impacts of climate change and rapid urbanisation are aggravating flood risk in the Philippines - Guy Carpenter

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ICA explores insurance solutions for future pandemics

An Australian pandemic risk insurance pool is one option being mooted by the Insurance Council

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Restart facilities with care - AGCS

20% to 30% of AGCS fire claims are related to the condition of electrical equipment and installations

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How to avoid restart risks

Pre-start up safety reviews can help reduce losses when idle facilities are put back into operation - Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

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RIMS calls for pandemic risk insurance program

91% of RIMS’ US members are supportive of a TRIA-type program for insurance claims relating to losses resulting from a pandemic

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WTW launches cyber marine cover

Product includes business interruption cover in the event of a cyber incident that disrupts operations

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BI claims present an “existential threat” - Willis Re

Estimates the global reinsurance sector will take a $30 billion hit to its capital base from COVID-19

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Spotlight on business interruption insurance

The COVID-19 outbreak has laid bare the limitations of business interruption insurance, with companies across the globe discovering gaps in coverage

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COVID-19 heightens risks for cargo shippers and transport firms

Damaged goods already account for more than one in five marine insurance industry claims - Allianz

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Late notices are “missed opportunities” - Allied World

Delayed claim reporting can cost both carrier and insured hundreds of thousands of dollars in defence costs

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How climate change is shaping risk management

The Covid-19 crisis has dominated the global agenda in 2020, but climate change risk is the long-term issue that is impossible to ignore

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Climate change “major threat” to global resilience - sigma

By Helen Yates

Failure to take immediate tangible action could lead to climate systems reaching irreversible tipping points, jeopardising insurability

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StrategicRISK Q1 2020: World on Lockdown

In this edition of StrategicRISK, we look at how businesses are responding to the COVID-19 crisis as the situation rapidly escalates around the world.

Cyber

Using AI to map ‘silent cyber’ exposures

By Helen Yates

Guy Carpenter has partnered with RiskGenius to improve the detection and qualitative analysis of silent cyber exposure across various lines of business.

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WTW launches COVID-19 tracking tool

By Helen Yates

Willis Towers Watson has updated its Global Peril Diagnostic modelling tool to provide up-to-date information on confirmed global COVID-19 cases alongside insurers’ property portfolios

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Fitch: Negative outlook for APAC insurers

By Helen Yates

Fitch Ratings has revised the sector outlook of the non-life insurance industry in APAC to negative from stable due to the impact of COVID-19, but does not anticipate a significant increase in loss ratios

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Swiss Re appoints new APAC CEO

Swiss RE stalwart, Russell Higginbotham is succeeding Jayne Plunkett, who has decided to pursue career opportunities outside Swiss Re.

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The questions that Marsh-JLT Specialty will need to address at this year's Airmic conference

Marsh’s UK and Ireland chief executive Chris Lay tells StrategicRISK that more JLT staff are likely to leave as premium increases put pressure on brokers to work harder

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Mondelez case prompts cyber warning

As the $100m Mondelez vs Zurich case continues in the US, StrategicRISK takes a closer look at the case and what it means for risk managers globally.

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Qatar Re CEO Gunther Saacke quits

Ex-Novae Re chief Gunther Saacke is set to step down as CEO and executive director in March.

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What are the limitations of DIC/DIL (Difference in Conditions & Difference in Limits) I should be aware of?

Zurich head of international sales and distribution for APAC, Fernando Denes, explains why local subsidiaries of multinational companies may not have the right insurance coverage.

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BHSI withdraws from Hong Kong terrorism pool

The firm said this decision benefits all BHSI’s new and existing EC customers for policies incepting or renewing on or after December 1, 2018.

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Marsh appoints APAC leaders post $5.7bn JLT merger

As the Marsh and JLT merger draws to a close, Marsh has announced a number of appointments, effective upon closing of the mega deal.

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Lloyd's announces trio of APAC appointments

Following an organisational restructure, Iain Ferguson has been appointed regional director of APAC, combining the existing and Greater China regions under one banner.

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The trying tripartite relationship

In this latest opinion piece, StrategicRISK editor Lauren Gow examines the changing relationship status between corporate risk managers, brokers and insurers.

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Climate risk could make world 'uninsurable'

Increasing risks to all businesses as nations are failing to act on their current Paris Agreement commitments, with the planet is heading towards a 4°C or higher trajectory.

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Can we still have an international programme even if some of our subsidiaries want to opt out?

Zurich’s head of international sales and distribution, Fernando Danes, explains why international programmes are perfect for your business.

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Tokio Marine Kiln shuts Hong Kong office

Insurer said the decision was made after re-assessing the ongoing, challenging market for the engineering, marine cargo and marine liability lines written out of Hong Kong which have made the cost of maintaining the office unsustainable.

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The Journal, 2nd edition: Business interruption

StrategicRISK and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions launch the second edition of The Journal examining business interruption risk.

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What should you consider before buying a cyber insurance policy?

JLT Specialty, financial lines, regional assistant director, Menaka Muthu asks why it is pertinent to really understand your risk before buying a cyber policy

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How can risk managers be confident that international claims will be paid should the worst happen?

Sean Welsch, head of captive management and business development, Zurich explores what happens to local retentions of local policies.

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We've been using our wording worldwide, why is this not possible in an international program?

Have you heard of “manuscript wording”? Or “difference in conditions”? Or even the concept of “mirroring”? Zurich’s Sean Welsch, head of captive management and business development, explains….

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What things should I consider when buying corporate insurance?

Suchitra Narayanan, head of risk and insurance for Bumi Armada, offers a complete guide to the process

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What are some of the challenges and pitfalls when buying insurance?

Buying insurance can be a difficult. Suchitra Narayanan, head of risk and insurance for Bumi Armada, explains how to make a success of your policies.