2017 catastrophes will send global insurance and reinsurance losses over $100 billion

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Fitch forecasts showed that this could be a record year for losses and they could be as great as $190 billion. Catastrophe global insurance and reinsurance losses are likely to break previous records, says Fitch Ratings. Its current predictions suggest that losses could be greater than $100 billion and may even rise to nearly $190 billion. Should the damage from Hurricane Maria be as great as expected, it could lead to rating downgrades. Fitch cautioned that the hurricane season is only just past half over and global insurance and reinsurance…

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Allstate insurance company announces catastrophe losses from April

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The massive insurer has now released the estimate data generated during that month. According to Allstate’s newly released estimates, the April 2014 catastrophe losses came to a pre-tax amount of $280 million (or after-tax $182 million), which the insurance company is attributing primarily to six major events during that month. Those six events came with a pre-tax cost of an estimated $250 million during April. Also contributing to the losses experienced by the insurance company in April were the unfavorable re-estimates of the reserve for prior losses from catastrophes. Allstate…

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Tropical Cyclone Rusty Makes Landfall; Brings Strong Wind Gusts

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, with 1-minute sustained winds of 136 km/h and gusts to 170 km/h, Tropical Cyclone Rusty came ashore as a severe… tropical cyclone-a category 3 storm by the Australian system of cyclone classification (approximately equivalent to a category 1 storm on the U.S. Saffir-Simpson Scale). Rusty made landfall in Pardoo, which is located approximately 110 kilometers east northeast of Port Hedland. Rusty is weakening as it moves further inland, but still wind gusts of 165 km/h were expected near the center of the storm…

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Tropical Cyclone Rusty to Deliver High Winds, Heavy Precipitation and Flooding to Coast of Western Australia

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Tropical Cyclone Rusty formed only on Saturday, February 23, but grew rapidly and intensified due to… low wind shear (5-10 knots) and very warm waters off the northwestern coast of Australia (31-32° C). It is expected to intensify further as it approaches the coast as the upper level environment remains highly conducive for development. Rusty is expected to make landfall near Port Hedland around 6 p.m. WST on Wednesday Feb. 27 (5 a.m. EST, Wednesday 2/27) as a severe tropical cyclone-a Category 4…

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Meteor Blast Impacts Russia: AIR Worldwide

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, on Friday, February 15, a meteor exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk (population: 1 million) in Russia’s central Ural Mountains, injuring hundreds and causing damage to buildings in six cities. According to the Russian Academy of Sciences, the massive meteor weighed 10 tons and entered the earth’s atmosphere at a speed as high as 33,000 mph. Most of the damage was caused by the shock waves as the meteor broke up in the atmosphere. The force of the explosion was enough to shatter…

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Aon releases new edition of Global Catastrophe Recap report

U.S. industry holds on to hope for a more peaceful 2012 Following the disastrous 2011, U.S. insurers had hoped that 2012 would be a lenient year in terms of natural catastrophes. These hopes were dashed when 2012 hosted a series of unfortunate events in its early months. These disasters made headline throughout the world of insurance news and put the industry on notice. The early months brought many powerful storms that caused widespread damages, mostly in the Eastern and Southeastern U.S. In April, these storms proved particularly devastating. Report shows…

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Insurers pulling out of markets in the wake of natural disasters

The natural disaster rate climbs as industry reevaluates high risk areas. Natural disasters seem to be happening more regularly, a fact that the global insurance industry is becoming uncomfortable with. In terms of insurance, powerful storms and weather-related catastrophes are becoming more commonplace. As such, insurers are feeling the pressure of increased liability and the potential for steep financial losses in the wake of a catastrophic event. There is a strange trend gaining momentum in the industry today, which is spurred by the severity of recent natural disasters. Insurance markets…

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Connecticut looks to strengthen its defense against natural disasters with new legislation

Connecticut’s governor, Dannel Malloy, has announced that he will be introducing new legislation that could establish new performance standards for the state’s utilities companies. These new standards would require utilities companies to adopt more assertive practices in the event of natural disasters and other emergency situations. The recent spate of catastrophes in the U.S. has led to the formation of the legislation, especially as insurers warn that disasters could have significant and long lasting effects on the state’s economy. Hurricane Irene struck the state in April last year, causing significant…

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Insurance rates in Missouri to rise after troublesome year of natural disasters.

Missouri residents can expect to see higher rates for their homeowners insurance in the coming months thanks to the major disaster that struck the town of Joplin early last year. On May 22, 2011, a massive tornado rolled through Joplin, causing unprecedented damage throughout the town causing many businesses to shut down and leaving nearly a third of the town uninhabitable. The tornado cost the state millions of dollars in insured losses, and now insurers are looking to recovery some of that money. Several insurers have proposed rate hikes between…

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Report: Global economy able to withstand only one week of disruption caused by major catastrophic event

A new report from Chatham House, a policy institute for international affairs based in the UK, paints a very dire picture for the future of the global insurance industry. The past two years have been incredibly difficult in terms of insurance. Two record-breaking years for natural disasters have left the industry rattled and somewhat disoriented. The impact of these disasters has taken a toll on the global economy as well, damaging what was already a fragile structure. According to the report, the global economy can only withstand one week of…

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