8th September 2019

Swiss Re expects further rate increases for loss-affected and underperforming businesses and broadly stable rates in other areas
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Swiss Re expects further rate increases for loss-affected and underperforming businesses and broadly stable rates in other areas, amid continued capital abundance in the reinsurance market. To ensure a long-term sustainable reinsurance market, further rate increases are needed. The hurricane season that is now upon us highlights the importance of having prices that adequately reflect the risks.
Fast-paced change creates challenges and opportunities for the industry, which is facing growing and ever-more complex risks, a wealth of data and a highly competitive market. In this environment, Swiss Re supports clients with its risk knowledge and builds on strong partnerships and technological innovation to meet the increasing need for insurance protection.
Swiss Re's ceo Reinsurance Moses Ojeisekhoba comments "The industry is changing for a variety of reasons. We are confident that, with our continued focus on the needs of our clients, the scale and diversification of our business, and our risk knowledge and R&D capabilities, we are in the right strategic position to address change proactively."
Swiss Re achieved profitable growth in its reinsurance business in the first half of 2019, underpinned by a strong increase in P&C treaty premium volume and price quality improvement across a broad-based portfolio. The natural catastrophe business has been one of the main drivers of P&C growth for Swiss Re this year. Large transactions, where Swiss Re combines its expertise and reliable balance sheet to meet client-specific capital management needs, have been another growth area.
Edouard Schmid, Chairman Swiss Re Institute and Group cuo, added "The recent experience of hardening rates in reinsurance mainly reflects the response to higher loss occurrences and adverse trends in natural catastrophe markets and other affected segments. Our deep knowledge, experience and diversification make Swiss Re a strong partner for our clients in underwriting natural catastrophe risks while generating attractive returns on capital."

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