Economic Shocks From Ukraine Invasion Fallout to Pressure Global Insurance Industry | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack



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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
AM Best believes that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine likely will impact the global insurance industry substantially in the near to midterm, particularly given the significant fallout in the capital markets and potential for widespread cyber attacks.

In its Best’s Commentary, “Significant Implications of Ukraine Invasion on Global Insurance Industry,” AM Best notes that invasion has had an immediate negative impact on the stock markets worldwide; continued volatility remains likely, challenging efforts by the global central banks and the U.S. Federal Reserve to contain inflation. In addition, sanctions against Russia may have severe knock-on effects not just on oil and commodity prices, but also tourism, as well as the economies of some of the world’s less resilient countries. “Further sanctions may impact the ability of international insurers and reinsurers to underwrite Russian risks or make it more difficult for them to service claims on existing policies,” said Anna Sheremeteva, financial analyst, AM Best. “Most affected would be those writing large energy and infrastructure risks, such as London Market insurers, and international reinsurers.”

“Sanctions also will affect the balance sheets of Russian insurers and their relationships with international partners,” said Todor Kitin, financial analyst, AM Best. “The valuation of investments would be affected by a prolonged equity market downturn, any increase in the Russian Central Bank’s policy rate or a widening of credit spreads. On the other side of the balance sheet, higher-than-anticipated inflation would impact claims costs, with potential implications for the adequacy of reserves.”

Additionally, the impact of an escalating global conflict may increase the risk of a systemic cyber attack and cause substantial economic and insured losses. Heightened risk perception could lead to higher prices in an already hardening cyber market.

To access the full copy of this commentary, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=317816.

AM Best is a global credit rating agency, news publisher and data analytics provider specialising in the insurance industry. Headquartered in the United States, the company does business in over 100 countries with regional offices in London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Mexico City. For more information, visit www.ambest.com.

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Anna Sheremeteva

Financial Analyst

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anna.sheremeteva@ambest.com

Christopher Sharkey

Manager, Public Relations

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Todor Kitin

Financial Analyst

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Jim Peavy

Director, Communications

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Ann Modica

Associate Director, Credit Rating Criteria,

Research and Analytics

+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5209

ann.modica@ambest.com

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