Fitch Ratings News

Moody’s to Weigh City Efforts to Cope with Climate Change in Bond Ratings

For Moody’s Investors Service, it’s no longer enough for cities to have plans addressing their risks from climate change. The company’s municipal-bond analysts, armed with data, will soon determine how those strategies compare with others — and may change their …

Fitch: Technology Needed to Reverse Commercial Auto’s Dismal Performance

The commercial auto line hasn’t returned an underwriting profit for eight years now. Growing claim severity is a big part of the problem. Advanced technology needs to be a part of the solution, according to a report released Tuesday by …

GE Risk From Reserve ‘Plague’ Worse Than Average, Fitch Says

General Electric Co. has “very high” exposure to the long-term care insurance market and is worse than average when it comes to the adequacy of reserves tied to those policies, according to Fitch Ratings. Genworth Financial Inc., which was spun …

Insurer Innovation Comes Under the Rating Agency Microscope

Underway for some time now, the disruption of the insurance industry has moved into a new phase, following the announcement by A.M. Best that it may soon begin scoring insurers’ innovation efforts. Journalist Russ Banham spoke with ratings agencies, thought …

Billions at Stake in Opioid Suits, But It’s No Tobacco Windfall

An Oklahoma case, the first of more than 1,600 lawsuits filed by U.S. state and local governments against opioid makers to go to trial, could serve as a key benchmark for governments hoping to recoup costs associated with the public …

Jet Funding May Add to Boeing’s $100 Million-a-Month Max Pain

Boeing Co.’s 737 Max fiasco could make the aircraft maker liable for planes bundled into debt, adding to total costs the company may incur in the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Customers of the company could demand Boeing compensate …

Fitch: Workers’ Comp a Prime Target for Insurance Innovation

The workers’ compensation segment of the property/casualty insurance business is a prime target for technology investment to maintain competitiveness and bolster performance, according to Fitch Ratings. “As the largest U.S. commercial lines segment, workers’ compensation is a focal point for …

Industry Expected to Withstand Insured Losses From Florence

Changes in the path and intensity of Hurricane Florence are keeping forecasters, government officials and insurers on their toes. An update by AIR Worldwide yesterday indicated that storm surge heights of 9-13 feet could be expected. “Florence’s slow motion just …

Fitch: Workers’ Comp Profits Remain Strong, Weaker Pricing Ahead

The U.S. workers’ compensation insurance market reported strong underwriting performance for the third consecutive year in 2017, with an industry statutory combined ratio of approximately 92 percent, according to Fitch Ratings. However, a steady decline in premium rates from increased …

Fitch: U.S. P/C Personal Lines Results Decline Despite Auto Improvement

Underwriting losses in the U.S. P/C personal lines segment moved higher for the fourth straight year in 2017, though this time another segment drove the increase, according to Fitch Ratings in a new report. Personal lines are the largest major …