A.M. BestTV: Global Reinsurers Focus on Innovation to Maintain Reinsurance

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--In this A.M.BestTV episode, A.M. Best Vice President Robert DeRose and Assistant Vice President Greg Reisner address the state of the global reinsurance market. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=globalre916 to view the entire program.

Both analysts said reinsurers are continuing to explore acquisitions, partnerships and new underwriting and investments strategies to counter a soft market and intense competition. These issues also are examined in a recent Best Special Report, titled, “Innovation: The Race to Remain Relevant.” Go to http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=253443 to view the entire report.

A.M. Best also recently presented its annual webinar, titled, “The State of the Global Reinsurance Market,” which can be viewed at http://www.ambest.com/webinars/reinsurance16.

“Insurers know that relevance is important as well as innovating to remain relevant,” said Reisner.

“Over the past 12 months, mergers and acquisitions have been one aspect companies have used to remain relevant,” said DeRose. “We have seen companies go into new, unique classes of business. We have seen partnerships among competitors and a lot of innovative initiatives on the part of reinsurers to really try to round out their operations, discover ways to have access to capacity and be well-positioned for the challenges that the market is currently providing.”

A.M. Best has held a negative outlook on the reinsurance industry since August 2014 due to challenging market fundamentals and pricing pressure. According to DeRose, “many industry participants feel or believe that the market is nearing bottom, or rate adequacy is finding its way to the bottom. The challenges for reinsurers will be to remain discipline and to make the decision as to whether to shed business going forward rather than continuing to entertain it.”

A.M. Best will hold a Reinsurance Market Briefing at the 2016 Rendez-Vous de Septembre in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on Sunday, September 11. Senior analysts from A.M. Best’s international offices will present the company’s perspective on the global reinsurance market, as well as key rating issues, capital management challenges and more. For more information, visit http://www.ambest.com/conferences/rmbseptembre2016.

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  • Good Risk Management Starts With Quality Data: David Wright, managing director, Beach Re, a reinsurance intermediary, said focusing on acquiring and using reliable data is more important than focusing on the next emerging risks: http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=wright516.
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Lee McDonald, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5561
Group Vice President, Publication and News Services
lee.mcdonald@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
Lee McDonald, +1 908-439-2200, ext. 5561
Group Vice President, Publication and News Services
lee.mcdonald@ambest.com