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[March 14, 2014]

A.M. BestTV: View from Washington; Winter Wave Proves Costly to Insurers

OLDWICK, N.J. --(Business Wire)--

In this episode of A.M. BestTV, a pair of Swiss Re executives discuss the 2014 winter storms, which began with the polar vortex disruption, that have caused steep insured losses. William Donnell, president of U.S. property/casualty at Swiss Re, discusses the types of losses the industry has seen past obvious property damage, including business interruption from travel disruptions. Greg Schiffer, chief property underwriter in North America at Swiss Re, said the losses have been exacerbated by broadened reinsurance terms and conditions. Historically, most winter storms were confined to events lasting 72 hours on excess of loss contracts. However, some agreements were changed at this year's January renewals to push the "hours clause" to an unlimited number of hours. Additionally, David Robinson, a professor in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University and who also serves as New Jersey's State Climatologist, discusses how the polar vortex disruption causes cold outbreaks in the United States. Click on to view the program.

People who appear in this episode include:

  • William Donnell, President of U.S. Property/Casualty, Swiss Re;
  • Greg Schiffer, Chief Property Underwriter, North America, Swiss Re; and
  • David Robinson, Professor, Rutgers University Department of Geography, New Jersey State Climatologist.

Additionally, this episode takes a 60-second look at some regulatory actions that could impact the insurance industry.

A.M. BestTV covers exclusive A.M. Best information and reports, targeted topics and key developments in the (re)insurance industry every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sign up for alerts of episodes at View A.M. BestTV episodes at

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