With $400 billion in available capital flooding the market and relatively little in the way of catastrophic losses, reinsurers are experiencing significant downward pressure on pricing—forcing them to expand their offerings and cut costs to maintain their profitability.
The low returns broadly available for capital in global markets—along with the relatively high perceived uncertainty associated with many potential investments offering higher returns—is driving capital into the reinsurance market, where many investors believe they can achieve better outcomes while taking on risks that are both reasonable and, perhaps more importantly, quantifiable.
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