The impact of Hurricane Harvey on the US commercial property market and treaty reinsurance space will depend heavily on the way a potentially above-average Atlantic storm season still in its early stages plays out.
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Harvey will cause substantial losses in the energy market, though the upstream sector appears to have escaped major claims.
From the flood-drenched streets of Houston to the casinos of Monte Carlo, one question on every energy underwriter's mind right now is what impact Harvey will have on rates.
The London property direct and facultative (D&F) market is braced for a slew of claims stemming from Texan habitational accounts in the aftermath of Harvey.
The London binders market is expecting a mixed claims experience from Hurricane Harvey due to a Texan market which is hugely fragmented in terms of MGAs, coverages and capacity providers.
Lloyd's exposure to Hurricane Harvey through binders and cat treaty business is prompting questions about whether the market could be set to record its first full-year underwriting loss since 2011.
Devastation caused by Harvey-related flooding is set to trigger a sharp deterioration in Texas personal auto underwriting results, which had already been driving some reinsurers away from the business.
The bulk of US nationwide insurers are not expected to attach their catastrophe treaty reinsurance covers as a result of Hurricane Harvey, although the market is monitoring some companies more closely for possible cessions.
Determining the root cause of Hurricane Harvey losses and identifying whether claims should fall to the private sector or the state will create a huge legal conundrum in the wake of the storm, lawyers have said.
Dealing with the aftermath of Harvey and working on how to keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in business past the end of this month will likely take centre stage as Congress returns from its August recess.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is now projected to face Hurricane Harvey-related losses of as much as $10bn, underestimates annual claims by $1bn even in years without major catastrophes, a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study shows.
Almost three months after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, professional indemnity (PI) underwriters and their advisers are reviewing their policy wording and demanding more information on proposal forms to weed out areas that could leave their firms exposed.
Novae has rehired the US property cat reinsurance team that it agreed in June to transfer to Fidelis and reversed its decision to exit the class, The Insurance Insider understands.
Underwriters in America's surplus lines market saw direct written premium (DWP) grow by a lacklustre 2.8 percent to $42.4bn last year, according to a new study from rating agency AM Best.
Total return reinsurers reported better second quarter results than in the prior-year period, as they generated lower combined ratios and returns that were slightly ahead of analysts' forecasts.
Equity analysts last week crunched the numbers to estimate the impact of Harvey on individual (re)insurers even while the event continued to unfold
Labelled one of the biggest US natural catastrophes in history, Harvey has so far evaded definitive damage estimates for the P&C (re)insurance industry as the event continues to unfold
Demand for industry loss warranty (ILW) cover on Hurricane Harvey has moved up to higher trigger levels as fears grow over the extent of private market flooding claims
The impact of Hurricane Harvey on the secondary cat bond market has been minimal, with no bonds triggering and only a slight dip in the Swiss Re cat bond pricing index, according to sister publication Trading Risk