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The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is reverberating around the world. Insurers face an uncertain claims environment with major investment losses also likely in the short-term. The industry will also have a pivotal role to play in helping the economy bounce back. In this section, Insurance Day provides in-depth insight and analysis of the implications of the coronavirus on international re/insurance markets and examines the role the industry must play in helping the economy recover.


Focus: The market needs to change the way it views trade credit risk

Trade credit insurers will need access to better-quality risk data if they are to weather the future onslaught of claims once government support is lifted

Focus Political Risk and Trade

Focus: Insurer reserves will fend off spectre of emerging market debt default

Despite the depth of the crisis, the insurance market is not expecting governments to fail, but multiple claims in multiple countries through defaults on individual contracts are expected

Focus Coronavirus

Focus: Large loss management remains a critical issue for clubs

Covid-19 has created a number of complex challenges for the P&I sector, but it is the size and frequency of major casualties that continue to test resilience of the market

Focus Claims Management

Viewpoint: Over-rating the risk from Covid is the biggest threat to the Tokyo Olympics

The pandemic forced the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed a year, but a disproportionate focus on Covid-19 could render the event more vulnerable to other, equally significant threats

Coronavirus Specialty

Viewpoint: AI can help the A&H market to manage Covid-19 loss threat

Digital risk assessment will enable insurers to gain access to aggregated and anonymised data on employee health overseas to inform underwriting decisions

Technology Coronavirus

Brokers struggle to secure cover in hard professional indemnity market

Looming recession and Covid-19 are fuelling underwriters’ fears about professional sectors like solicitors, financial advisers and construction

United Kingdom Casualty

Viewpoint: US product recall insurers brace for post-Covid-19 claims surge

Once the US government has brought the pandemic sufficiently under control to enable site inspections, there is expected to be an escalation in food product recalls

Coronavirus Claims Management

Viewpoint: Covid highlights need for better management of uninsurable risk in Africa

The pandemic has exacerbated existing concerns about business continuity and resilience given the continent’s increasing reliance on technology, e-commerce and global supply chains

Risk Management Coronavirus

Legal Focus: Supreme Court's application of causation principles has wide implications

Covid-19 test case judgment brings clarity but policyholders and insurers will still have to grapple with many complexities

United Kingdom Legal focus

Viewpoint: Credit insurance support will be vital to Covid recovery in sub-Saharan Africa

To survive the second wave of infections, companies will need robust credit management controls, real-time insights into individual customers and protection against non-payment

Political Risk and Trade Middle East and Africa

Viewpoint: Distribution is central to the success of the market in 2021

Brokers perform a critical role insuring the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines around the world, building on the cover that supported the research programmes that got us to this point

Coronavirus Brexit

Focus: Local knowledge and international expertise are critical to complex loss management in Africa

In an increasingly interconnected global risk environment, major complex losses need the global expertise that comes from constant exposure to their very specific needs

Focus Claims Management