- IAIS will soon embark on a new strategic direction following approval of its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and Financial Outlook(SPFO)
- EIOPA publishes 2018 Annual Report
- IPCC circulates Final Draft including the Summary for Policymakers(SPM) of the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate(SROCC) to governments
- UK motor insurers had impressive 2018 but prospects could worsen in next two years says EY research
- FCA publishes first annual perimeter report
- Insurer legacy systems holding back single customer view and slowing digital transformation says new MarkLogic global survey
- Econocom research indicates that over a quarter of businesses(26%) have had digital transformation projects fail expired
- Riskbook the winner of the London semi-final round of the ACORD InsurTech Innovation Challenge (AIIC) expired
- Argo deploys AVYST’s bi-directional forms system, eForms Wizard, making it possible for clients and brokers to enter risk details just once, at source expired
- SURA Columbia successfully deploys its integrated claims fraud detection programme for motor personal lines with the FRISS accelerator for Guidewire ClaimCenter. expired
- Brown appointed Non Executive Director at SSP expired
- Randall steps down as Group CEO at R&Q expired
9th January 2019
Munich Re estimates catastrophe losses last year at $160bn-50% insured
Munich Re comments that extreme storms, wildfires and droughts caused heavy nat cat losses in 2018, with the eventful second half of the year contributing to a high overall loss figure of $160bn.
Half of these losses were insured with the loss burden for insurers substantially higher than the long-term average.
Notably, there are clear indications of the influence that man-made climate change has had on devastating wildfires in California, which, like last year, again caused billions in losses in 2018.
“2018 saw several major natural catastrophes with high insured losses. These included the unusual phenomenon of severe tropical cyclones occurring both in the US and Japan while autumn wildfires devastated parts of California. Such massive wildfires appear to be occurring more frequently as a result of climate change. Action is urgently needed on building codes and land use to help prevent losses. Given the greater frequency of unusual loss events and the possible links between them, insurers need to examine whether the events of 2018 were already on their models’ radar or whether they need to realign their risk management and underwriting strategies,” said Munich Re Board member Torsten Jeworrek.
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