COVID-19 is adding to the challenges of Florida property insurers, who were already dealing with higher reinsurance pricing and social inflation.
Lloyd's of London has proposed potential solutions for business interruptions resulting from government-ordered shutdowns due to pandemics or other crises, including open-source frameworks for addressing systemic catastrophic events. The solutions and frameworks include two frameworks that would require government/(re)insurance industry partnerships.
Guy Carpenter said the COVID-19 pandemic looks to rank among the insurance and reinsurance sector's most expensive events, contributing to total 2020 catastrophe losses ranging from $100 billion up to $160 billion. The pandemic also could be one of the slowest developing catastrophes insurers and reinsurers have experienced.
June 1, 2020, renewals provided the first test of the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on reinsurance markets, resulting in property-catastrophe pricing increases.
An updated forecast of 2020 Atlantic hurricane activity developed by researchers at Colorado State University predicts 19 named storms, including 9 hurricanes, 4 of them major hurricanes. The Colorado state forecasters said they anticipate "well-above-average activity" this hurricane season.