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Travelers Posts Second-Quarter Loss, Walloped By Severe Storms, Civil Unrest

Property and casualty insurer Travelers Cos Inc reported a second-quarter loss on Thursday, hurt by a sharp increase in catastrophe losses and dismal returns on non-fixed income investments in pandemic-hit financial markets. Travelers reported a net loss of $40 million, …

Travelers Sees Rising Claims as Coronavirus Crisis Spreads

Property and casualty insurer Travelers Cos. Inc. reported a 25% drop in quarterly profit on Tuesday and warned that potential claims tied to compensation coverage for furloughed and laid-off employees would hit results for the year. The coronavirus pandemic has …

Past Decade’s Natural Disasters Broke Records for Economic, Insured Losses

The past decade broke new records in terms of economic damages and insured losses, according to Aon’s latest catastrophe report. The costs to global economies reached US$2.98 trillion between 2010 and 2019, which was US$1.19 trillion higher than 2000-2009, said …

Fire and Hail Push Insurers to Rethink Climate Change Risks

LONDON — By the time David Kaisel got back from selling his flour at a farmers’ market, a wildfire in California’s Capay Valley had burnt both his tractor and the shipping container where he kept some tools. His insurer is …

PG&E Posts $2.6 Billion Loss Stemming From Bankruptcy, Wildfires

PG&E Corp., the bankrupt California utility giant, reported a $2.6 billion second-quarter loss and said it expects more charges this year tied to wildfires that devastated the state in 2017 and 2018. The company, which didn’t provide an outlook for …

Analysts: Florida Insurers Can Weather Effects of Michael

Florida’s disjointed property insurance system that relies almost exclusively on small and midsize companies will take a multibillion dollar loss from Hurricane Michael, but has sufficient reserves and backups that providers should be able to pay claims without problems, analysts …

Adjusters Must Avoid Becoming Part of Catastrophe They Investigate

Editor’s Note: This article, previously published in 2012, offers evergreen tips on staying safe while adjusting catastrophe losses. Displaced rats, contaminated flood waters, downed electrical wires and unstable flooring are just some of the dangers encountered by workers assessing Sandy …

Biggest Cat Losses of the Past Decade Hit U.S. Insurers

Wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail storms, Nor’easters and mudslides. A string of disasters has pummeled the biggest U.S. insurers over the past year, and the second quarter was no exception. Allstate Corp. estimated its pretax catastrophe losses at $906 million for …

Fitch: Experts Forecast a Near Normal Hurricane Season for 2018

After enduring one of the more active hurricane seasons in recent memory, U.S. P/C insurers are well positioned for what is pointing to an average hurricane season in 2018, according to Fitch Ratings in its annual hurricane season preview report. …

Fitch: P/C Carriers Face First Underwriting Loss in 6 Years

Property and casualty (re)insurers (P&C) endured a trying 2017 with a compilation of latest financial results for a group of public companies showing an aggregate underwriting loss for the first time since 2011, according to Fitch Ratings in a new …