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Insured Cat Losses Close To $100bn Already In 2022: Aon

Insured Cat Losses Close To $100bn Already In 2022: Aon

Insured Cat Losses Close To $100bn Already In 2022: Aon

Insured Cat Losses Close To $100bn Already In 2022: Aon

Broker for re/insurance According to Aon, year-to-date economic losses have reached $277 billion, including early estimates for Hurricane Ian. Of this amount, $99 billion is anticipated to be reimbursed by public and private insurers.

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According to the company’s most recent Worldwide Catastrophe Recap, towards the conclusion of the third quarter of 2022, global natural disaster losses were roughly average when compared to the baseline for the 21st Century.

However, it was projected that overall losses suffered by the insurance industry would be significantly higher than averages between 2000 and 2012 and close to the average of the previous five years.

This comparison, however, remains highly dependent on the eventual financial outcome of Hurricane Ian, Aon notes, which looks set to become one of the costliest insurer loss events on record globally, with losses to run well into the tens of billions of dollars.

Insured Cat Losses Close To $100bn Already In 2022: Aon

Nevertheless, analysts anticipate that it will still take several months for an accurate loss picture of Ian to emerge as claims are settled.

While secondary perils such as severe convective storms and flooding dominated losses in the first half of the year, losses from primary perils accelerated in the third quarter due to tropical cyclone activity in the Atlantic and Western Pacific, Aon’s catastrophe report notes.

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The United States accounted for the highest percentage of year-to-date economic losses at $114 billion, with the Asia Pacific behind this at $56 billion and then Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at $42 billion.

And although losses are already at a significant level, Aon warns that impactful events could also be seen through the remaining quarter due to recurring La Niña conditions and the likelihood of above-normal hurricane activity, with additional costs also potentially arising from inflationary pressures.

Insured Cat Losses Close To $100bn Already In 2022: Aon

Anticipated insured losses from Hurricane Ian constitute a significant portion of the global insured losses, simultaneously driving Tropical Cyclone as the costliest peril for the insurance industry to date.

A large part of the toll will result from the widespread wind-related damage across the Florida peninsula, with most of the impact concentrated along the western and central counties of the state, often in areas that were also affected by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

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Further losses are expected due to catastrophic storm surge on the western coast and additional inland flooding because of heavy rainfall

However, Aon believes that most of the damage that occurred in inland counties will not be covered by insurance due to the lower NFIP take-up rates. This is in contrast with the coastal counties affected by storm surges, which generally have above-average flood coverage.

Insured Cat Losses Close To $100bn Already In 2022: Aon

Even though several firms and entities issued preliminary statements on the expected volume of insured losses, Aon still believes it is too early to provide a definitive number, as damage assessment and liquidation of losses will take many months to fully measure.

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Current insured loss ranges for Hurricane Ian from catastrophe modelers include a $53 billion to $74 billion range by RMS, a $1 billion to $53 billion range from CoreLogic, $42 billion to $57 billion from Verisk and $29.9 billion to $62.1 billion from KatRisk.

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