The COVID-19 pandemic's impact on insurers' financial statements will likely be more pronounced in the second quarter than it was in first-quarter results, according to S&P Global Ratings. The infection rate and deaths related to COVID-19 grew significantly in the second quarter, and business shutdowns were also more pronounced.
Catastrophe risk modeling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) has updated its hurricane and inland flood models for the United States. The updates will help insurers and reinsurers enhance their risk management and provide a comprehensive view of flood risk across the US, AIR said.
Insurers' and reinsurers' ratings have proven resilient during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, largely as a result of their capital strength, according to S&P Global Ratings, though a second wave of COVID-19 could prove challenging. Those capital buffers will be eroded through the second half of the year.
Researchers at Colorado State University have updated their 2020 Atlantic hurricane season forecast, increasing their projection for named storms this season by 1 to a total of 20. The Colorado State team forecast continues to project 9 hurricanes this season, including 4 major hurricanes of Category 3 or greater.
After a sharp decrease in demand for insurance this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the insurance industry's premium volume will recover to prepandemic levels in 2021, according to a new Sigma Report,from the Swiss Re Institute.