The US property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry experienced its largest-ever quarterly decline in surplus during the first quarter of this year when surplus fell $75.9 billion, according to Insurance Services Office, Inc., a Verisk business, and the American Property Casualty Insurance Association. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to affect many insurers.ï»¿
Natural disasters caused approximately $68 billion in losses during the first half of 2020, slightly below the inflation-adjusted 30-year average of $74 billion, according to Munich Re. Insured losses, at $27 billion, were above the average of $20 billion due to the large proportion of North American weather disaster losses.
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.