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Bermuda supplied nearly half Lloyd’s 2019 capacity, says BMA

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Craig Swan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Bermuda Monetary Authority (Photograph supplied)
Gerald Gakundi, Director, Insurance Supervision, Bermuda Monetary Authority

Bermuda (re)insurers paid out $35.2 billion to UK policyholders and cedants for large catastrophes, property and casualty losses and life insurance claims during the five-years from 2016 to 2020.

This information is gleaned from the United Kingdom Data Claim Survey completed by the Bermuda Monetary Authority.

In making the information public, the Authority’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Craig Swan said: “The Bermuda and UK (re)insurance markets are vital to the supply of global risk capacity and are prominent in their own right. However, when these two markets converge, their synergy and complementary access produce outsized results that benefit the global economy.

“This can be seen by Bermuda (re)insurers’ supply of nearly half of Lloyds of London syndicates’ capacity in 2019.

“The key role that Bermuda plays in the supply of risk capacity to the UK makes a notable contribution to a thriving London (re)insurance market.”

The BMA said that in contrast to the 2020 survey, the BMA’s 2017 survey showed that, during the twenty-year period from 1997 to 2016, Bermuda (re)insurers paid out $36.8 billion to UK policyholders and cedants.

The Authority said that together, the two surveys reveal that Bermuda (re)insurers have paid out over $65 billion to UK policyholders and cedants since 1997 and reflect the growing significance of the Bermuda (re)insurance market’s contribution to the UK over the two and a half decades.

The results display an increasing trend of annual loss payments to UK policyholders and cedants, with annual payments rising steadily from $5.2 billion in 2016 to $8.8 billion in 2020.

The $35.2 billion in total losses paid is comprised of $25.7 billion relating to property and casualty insurance losses and $9.5 billion attributable to life insurance claims.

The BMA said in a statement: “Bermuda has embraced the role of being a global solutions provider in areas ranging from narrowing the protection gap arising from climate change to supplying capacity that populations around the world require for retirement.

“In alignment, the UK is a key partner benefiting from the valuable capital based in Bermuda.”

Gerald Gakundi, Director, Insurance Supervision, said, “The roughly $65 billion in UK losses paid since 1997 by Bermuda (re)insurers reflects the resilience of Bermuda’s (re)insurance market.

“This resilience is underscored in the results of a joint stress test exercise on natural catastrophes and economic scenarios for property and casualty insurers conducted by the BMA and the UK’s Prudential Regulatory Authority in 2019.

“The ability of UK (re)insurers to cede risk to Bermuda enables diversification of risk globally, making the cost of buying insurance more affordable to policyholders and significantly lowering the insurance protection gap.

“The additional capital and sophisticated risk and asset management from Bermuda’s life reinsurance market continue to enable UK insurers to meet the promises made to their policyholders.”

The statistics come from the BMA’s UK Data Claims Survey completed in June. The loss information includes both direct insurance and reinsurance, with 230 commercial (re)insurance companies responding to the survey.

The BMA earlier disclosed that since 1997, Bermuda (re)insurers paid out over $60 billion to EU policyholders and cedants and over $400 billion to US policyholders and cedants.

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Published September 09, 2021 at 6:04 pm (Updated September 10, 2021 at 8:07 am)

Bermuda supplied nearly half Lloyd’s 2019 capacity, says BMA

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