Week’s Top Stories: January 16

Rate Movements Moderated by Availability of Capacity as Negotiations Center on Pricing and Terms at January 1, 2021 Renewals: Price increases at the January 1, 2021 reinsurance renewals were moderated compared to initial expectations by abundant capital levels and an increased willingness on the part of reinsurers to deploy capacity in several sectors, according to Guy Carpenter. Hallmarks of the January 1, 2021 renewals included an earlier start, a slower and more complicated quoting process and rigorous contract reviews.

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Key Cyber Risk Concerns and Claims Trends: The similarities between a pandemic and a cyber attack should have all insurers reconsidering their stress scenarios. Key cyber risk concerns can be divided broadly into three categories, those related to silent cyber (non-cyber insurance policies that are liable for a cyber loss), claims trends and the effects of COVID-19.

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Chart – Top 10 Largest Insured Losses vs Projections for COVID-19: The chart in the link below shows how industry loss estimates for COVID-19 put forward by a number of entities compare to other major insured events, in inflation-adjusted terms. As ultimate losses are largely unknown, there is substantial variability within and between estimates for COVID-19, ranging from a low end USD 30 billion to close to USD 100 billion.

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Marsh & McLennan and The World Economic Forum Present The Global Risks Report 2021: The 16th edition of the Global Risks Report, published by the World Economic Forum with support from Marsh & McLennan, highlights the disruptive implications of major risks, including the COVID-19 pandemic, that may reshape our world in 2021 and over the next decade. The report draws on the survey results from nearly 700 experts and decision-makers globally who were asked about their concerns for the next decade, how global risks interact and where opportunities exist to collectively act to mitigate these threats.

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COVID-19 Coverage Uncertainties and January Renewals: Reinsurance renewal negotiations are delicately poised, with increasing pressure on rates, economic uncertainty and disputes over COVID-19 wordings putting long-standing relationships to the test, according to a recent article in Insurance Day from Massimo Reina, CEO for Continental Europe at Guy Carpenter.

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Chart – Strong Growth in Cyber Premium Volume: The following chart, generated from A.M. Best data and research, shows the strong growth in premium volume for the property and casualty (P&C) industry cyber security segment.

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