Insurance Business America | April 28, 2020
Global reinsurers saw robust capital growth in 2019, although underlying returns remained low, according to the latest Reinsurance Market Report from Willis Re.
Total capital dedicated to the global reinsurance sector was $605 billion at the end of 2019, reflecting year-over-year growth of 15%. The growth was driven primarily by 2019’s strong investment market performance, and was achieved despite a 3% contraction in alternative capital, Willis Re reported.
Much of this expansion will have unwound by now due to the steep sell-off in the equity and corporate bond markets, Willis Re said. The swings in investment markets in March and April have resulted in impacts to the global reinsurance capital base ranging from -5% to as much as -20%.
Beazley | June 12, 2020
Beazley has announced the launch of a new occurrence media liability policy that covers many risks faced by small to medium-sized media outlets and publishers in the US.
Beazley’s new policy provides professional indemnity cover written on an occurrence basis.
In addition, the policy offers optional coverage for technology errors and omissions, information security and privacy, and bodily injury or property damage.
Specialist insurer Beazley has announced the launch of a new occurrence media liability policy that covers many risks faced by small to medium-sized media outlets and publishers in the US.
“The media landscape has changed considerably in the last decade,” Beazley said. “As traditional publishing and media groups have moved increasingly online, freelancers who solely publish online, including bloggers, vloggers and social influencers, are growing in number and reach. As the public looks to a wide range of sources for content, the media sector has become more crowded and awareness of the risks associated with publishing varies widely.”
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Beazley’s new policy provides professional indemnity cover written on an occurrence basis. The coverage focuses on defamation, libel and slander, and infringement of copyright and trademark. It also includes a range of other content-related exposures. The policy also includes unintentional breach of contract with a client and mitigation costs (sub-limited) to minimize claims escalation.
In addition, the policy offers optional coverage for technology errors and omissions, information security and privacy, and bodily injury or property damage arising out of the publication of content.
The US media sector is undergoing substantial changes, with the launch of new channels for publishing and broadcasting and the growing reach of bloggers, vloggers and social influencers, Freelance publishers and start-up media ventures ought to be aware that they are as liable as traditional, established media groups for the content and materials they publish or share. They face a range of exposures including defamation, intellectual property and privacy, and should consider the precautions and cover they need to protect themselves against potential claims.
- Angela Weaver, global head of media liability for Beazley.
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The new policy covers various media professionals including publishers, broadcasters, authors and journalists, bloggers, vloggers, social influencers and content creators, and advertising producers and advertising agencies. Limits of up to $5 million are available on a worldwide basis.
Beazley plc is the parent company of specialist insurance businesses with operations in Europe, the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia and Australia. Beazley manages six Lloyd’s syndicates and, in 2017, underwrote gross premiums worldwide of $2,343.8 million. All Lloyd’s syndicates are rated A by A.M. Best. In the US, our underwriters focus on writing specialist insurance products in the admitted market, backed by Beazley Insurance Company, Inc., an admitted property/casualty carrier in all 50 states; and surplus lines risks, backed by the Beazley syndicates at Lloyd’s. Beazley Insurance Company, Inc. is rated A by A.M. Best.
Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) | December 29, 2021
Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns an Insurance Financial Strength Rating of BBB+ with a Stable Outlook to Tower Hill Insurance Exchange (THIE). THIE was formed as a Florida reciprocal exchange and will begin writing residential property insurance in Florida within its first year of operation and continue to expand in the Florida market over the subsequent two years.
The rating reflects its sound initial capitalization, conservative investment portfolio, and reasonable business plan. THIE will benefit from the established market presence, distribution, and risk management of the Tower Hill Insurance Group (Tower Hill) - a privately owned organization comprised of three Florida-domiciled direct writers, an affiliate offshore reinsurer, a managing general agency (MGA), and two claims services companies. Tower Hill is one of Florida’s largest residential property insurers with approximately 6% market share.
Balancing these strengths are THIE’s exposure to natural catastrophes, and a lack of geographic and product diversification. THIE’s revenues and earnings are expected to be concentrated in Florida, a state exposed to both natural catastrophes and significant legal challenges for residential property insurance writers. In addition, initial capital is solely funded through surplus notes with annual interest expenses of approximately $16 million. This is somewhat offset by THIE’s low start-up costs versus more typical start-ups.
Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC (KBRA) is a full-service credit rating agency registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an NRSRO. Kroll Bond Rating Agency Europe Limited is registered as a CRA with the European Securities and Markets Authority. Kroll Bond Rating Agency UK Limited is registered as a CRA with the UK Financial Conduct Authority pursuant to the Temporary Registration Regime. In addition, KBRA is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus. KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider.