Climate change becoming a major focus for the global insurance industry, according to Munich Re

Last year has garnered major notoriety for the number and severity of natural disasters it played host to. 2011 has become widely recognized in the insurance industry as the costliest year in recent history in regards to natural disasters. While estimates varying regarding the total cost of disasters, Munich Re, a reinsurance and risk modeling organization, claims that 2011 generated more than $380 billion in worldwide insured losses, only a third of which was paid by insurance companies. The disasters have caused the global insurance industry to raise prices, but…

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Insurance claims hit record highs in 2011 due to natural disasters

According to Munich Re, earthquakes and other natural disasters in 2011 led to record losses in the insurance industry, which are estimated to have reached $105 billion. The world’s largest reinsurer said that the earthquakes in Japan, and the tsunami that followed, contributed to those totals by adding nearly 16,000 deaths and estimated $35 to $40 billion in damages to the final figures. Munich Re added that the February quake in Christchurch, New Zealand, alone was responsible for another $13 billion in insured damages. Together those two earthquakes caused almost…

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Thailand floods could cost the global insurance industry $10 billion

Devastating floods in Thailand may have a global impact, according to insurers. Thailand is a critical point in the global supply chain, says Gary Lynch, head of supply chain risk at Marsh Risk Consulting. Widespread flooding has closed more than 14,000 businesses, including distribution centers for Sony, Canon and Nissan. The disruption in the supply chain could have far reaching consequences in the U.S., the UK and throughout Europe. Lloyd’s of London is now petitioning Thailand insurance and risk firms to assess the risk exposure they see in the nation.…

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U.S. appeals court to rule on a law concerning insurance payments for the heirs of the Armenian genocide

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California has taken a controversial stance on the matter of the Armenian genocide in Turkey which may conflict with U.S. foreign policy. The issue concerns a state law which declares that heirs of those killed by the Turkish Ottoman Empire are due life insurance payments from three of Germany’s largest insurance organizations. The court first levied a tentative ruling on the matter in 2009, where judges ruled in favor of the German insurers. Now, however, the judges have ruled to rehear the…

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Munich Re and Ping An Insurance to offer products for renewable energy companies

Munich Re and Ping An Insurance from China… have both announced that they will be working together in their first co-operation to create insurance products and services that they can offer to Chinese renewable energy companies. In a joint statement, the insurers said that they hope to develop solutions that will minimize the risk that investors face with renewable energy, so that larger projects of this nature will actually become possible. A spokesperson from Munich Re declined to make a statement regarding whether or not the two companies intend to…

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U.S. to be a “weather-ready” nation as the federal government takes measures to guard against destructive weather

To date, the cost of natural disasters befalling the U.S. has reached $35 billion. The year is not yet over and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts several turbulent storms crowding the horizon. While there can be no guarantee whether these storms will actually come to pass, the federal government is not willing to suffer more losses at the hands of nature. NOAA, along with the National Weather Service, is now tasked with making the nation “weather-ready.” The initiative aims to provide protection to communities throughout the nation…

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Auto insurance in China now includes Swiss Re and Munich Re

With the goal of growing their premiums, both Munich Re and Swiss Re Ltd. have announced that they are headed into China to assist local auto insurance companies in the writing of a greater amount of coverage within the largest auto market on the planet. The world’s second largest reinsurer, Swiss Re, has already stated that the premiums in China for the first two quarters have exceeded $1 billion, which is significantly higher than the $885 million that was seen by the same time last year. According to the Munich…

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