BMA survey totals claims payments to UK and EU

28-09-2017

Bermuda (re)insurers have paid out $72.8 billion to European Union (EU) policyholders and cedants over the past 20 years, according to the Bermuda Monetary Authority’s (BMA) first EU Data Claims Survey, completed in July 2017.

According to the survey, from 1997 to 2006, claim payments to the EU totalled around $16.5 billion, of which $7.4 billion was paid to UK policyholders and cedants and $9.0 billion to other EU policyholders and cedants. Between 2007 to 2016, out of a total of approximately $56.3 billion total claims paid, $29.4 billion was paid to UK policyholders and $26.9 billion to other EU policyholders and cedants.

Craig Swan, managing director, supervision at the BMA said, “The survey results show the significance of the Bermuda (re)insurance market’s contribution to Europe over the past two decades. European insurers cede risk to Bermuda, making the cost of buying insurance – particularly property/catastrophe insurance – more affordable to customers in the EU.

“BMA is grateful to the companies that took part in the survey. This is very useful information for the Bermuda market as it demonstrates the value of diversifying risk globally in an increasingly competitive worldwide market.”

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