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Willis Re Reinsurance Market Report: Results for half-year 2019

Total reinsurance dedicated capital increases 8%

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September 4, 2019

Global reinsurance dedicated capital totaled USD 559 billion at half-year 2019. This is a robust 8% increase from a re-stated USD 518 billion at year-end 2018 according to Willis Re’s Reinsurance Market Report.

Now in its fifth year, the report provides in-depth analysis of the size and performance of the reinsurance industry, based on the Willis Reinsurance Index group of companies.

  • Total capital dedicated to the global reinsurance industry measured USD 559 billion at the half-year point of 2019.
  • This is an 8% increase from a re-stated USD 518 billion at year-end 2018, with strong investment markets being the main driver of the industry’s capital growth.
  • For the subset of reinsurers who provide sufficient disclosure, the HY 2019 RoE jumped to 13.9% from 8.5% in HY 2018, driven by strong investment gains.
  • Normalising this figure for natural catastrophes and stripping out reserve releases and realised gains, the underlying RoE is 4.2% compared to 3.3% calculated on a similar basis for HY 2018.
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