Life back-book consolidators shrug off threat from rising rates

Rising interest rates are unlikely to stop life insurers from selling their legacy liabilities to consolidators, as many other incentives for doing deals remain. David Walker reports


Generali and Unipol assessed for BTP exposure as Italy demoted

S&P Global Ratings has downgraded Italy's outlook to stable


R.I.P. traditional life insurance

Low interest rates killed off European life insurance products that offered policyholders guaranteed annual returns. Even now as rates rise, David Walker finds practitioners are ready to bury the concept


Suncorp boosts nat cat budget by A$200m as flooding hits Australia

S&P Global expects "continued upward pressure" on industry's reinsurance rates


Worst days over for Europe's life insurers, says Fitch

Allianz has become self-sustaining for capital on new life and health insuring


S&P Global warns of doubling in Australian flood bill - and hikes at reinsurance renewals

Sector's ceding ratios already rose above five-year average in 2021


Russian insurers gain relief for regulatory capital calculations

But S&P still cut ratings of various insurers


Apac reinsurers push for more underwriting risk in new lines

Next April's renewals could be "tough" for Japan's reinsurers, S&P Global Ratings says


Omicron could inject further volatility into life reinsurers' returns, says S&P

Ratings agency foresees possible doubling of cyber reinsurance rates by 2023


Apac reinsurers pricing risk on scenarios with limited history

S&P Global says credit outlook is stable third loss-making year