February 27th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: February 21 — 27, 2015

Posted at 8:00 AM ET

2014 Insured Losses Hit Lowest Level in Five Years: Guy Carpenter today released its annual Global Catastrophe Review, which reports that insured losses in 2014 were at the lowest level seen since 2009. According to the report, significant insured losses in 2014 totaled approximately USD33 billion, a dramatic drop when compared to the historic insured losses seen in 2011, which totaled approximately USD126 billion.

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Growth of Private Cat Bond Placements in 2014: In addition to 144A transactions, the fourth quarter was an active one for the private cat bond market (Regulation D, Regulation S and Rule (4(2)) securities offerings). The terms and conditions of such securities are typically confidential due to the private nature of the issuance, unless the sponsors or the placement agents publicize information about the transactions. As of December 31, 2014 approximately USD561.5 million of limit was transferred to the capital markets via 17 transactions. These figures represent a 210 percent increase in the notional amount of limit placed year-over-year, and a 183 percent increase in the number of transactions year-over-year.

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Risk Profile, Appetite, and Tolerance: Fundamental Concepts in Risk Management and Reinsurance Effectiveness:  Prior to the recent turbulence in the financial markets, insurers and reinsurers were increasing their use of enterprise risk management (ERM) to make risk and capital management decisions. While this was driven in part by rating agencies and regulators, many carriers began to recognize the value of metric-based frameworks and capital models in evaluating their portfolios.

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January 1, 2015 Renewals See Lower Pricing and Broader Coverage for Clients: Guy Carpenter reports reinsurance pricing fell at the January 1, 2015 renewals in many segments, affecting almost all lines of business and geographies, continuing recent renewal trends.

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Guy Carpenter Appoints Matthew Eagle as Head of International Analytics: Guy Carpenter today announced the appointment of Matthew Eagle as Managing Director and Head of International Analytics for Guy Carpenter.

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GC Videocast - Overview of the Benefits of Holistic Balance Sheet Management: In this installment of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series, Russell Lee, Insurance Consultant, Mercer, shares his thoughts on how a holistic approach to capital management can benefit insurance companies in the face of challenging investment and underwriting conditions.

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February 26th, 2015

Cat Bonds: 2015 Trends

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Pricing levels for first quarter 2015 deals will be influenced by the number of bonds maturing during the period. January alone will see USD2.3 billion of principal returned to investors as ten transactions have or are set to mature (absent any triggering event). Additionally, another USD1.24 billion of capital will be returned to investors in February and March, taking the total notional value of first quarter 2015 maturities to USD3.54 billion. Such maturities in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space in the first half of 2015, which has the highest percentage of outstanding cat bonds as of the end of the preceding year since 2011, is expected to provide further pressure to lower ILS pricing.

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February 25th, 2015

CFTC Provides Conditional Relief to Certain ILS/Cat Bond Issuers

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On December 18, 2014 the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) provided conditional relief to certain insurance-linked securities (ILS)/cat bond issuers from having to register as Commodity Pool Operators (CPOs).

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February 24th, 2015

2014 Insured Losses Hit Lowest Level in Five Years

Posted at 11:45 PM ET

Guy Carpenter today released its annual Global Catastrophe Review, which reports that insured losses in 2014 were at the lowest level seen since 2009. According to the report, significant insured losses in 2014 totaled approximately USD33 billion, a dramatic drop when compared to the historic insured losses seen in 2011, which totaled approximately USD126 billion.

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February 24th, 2015

Growth of Private Cat Bond Placements in 2014

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

In addition to 144A transactions, the fourth quarter was an active one for the private cat bond market (Regulation D, Regulation S and Rule (4(2)) securities offerings). The terms and conditions of such securities are typically confidential due to the private nature of the issuance, unless the sponsors or the placement agents publicize information about the transactions. As of December 31, 2014 approximately USD561.5 million of limit was transferred to the capital markets via 17 transactions. These figures represent a 210 percent increase in the notional amount of limit placed year-over-year, and a 183 percent increase in the number of transactions year-over-year.

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February 23rd, 2015

Catastrophe Bond Tenor in 2014

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Eighty-nine percent of property and casualty (P&C) risk capital (based only on 144A cat bond transactions) had a bond tenor of either three or four years in 2014, a decrease from 93 percent in 2013. This was due to increased usage of risk periods longer than four years. This was largely influenced by Sanders Re 2014-1, a USD300 million five year transaction benefiting Allstate (Q2) and Kilimanjaro Re 2014-2, a USD500 million five year transaction benefiting Everest Re (Q4). Investors were receptive to longer-term transactions (a position we expect will continue into 2015) as both deals were oversubscribed. However, such deals closed either above or at the midpoint of initial price guidance, indicating that investors required additional compensation for risk periods longer than four years. Sponsors continued to express interest in bonds with risk periods beyond five years, which we expect will persist through 2015 and beyond.

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February 20th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: February 14 — 20, 2015

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Guy Carpenter Appoints Matthew Eagle as Head of International Analytics: Guy Carpenter announced the appointment of Matthew Eagle as Managing Director and Head of International Analytics for Guy Carpenter.

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Catastrophe Bond Update: Q4 2014 - Issuance Reaches Industry Full Year Record: After one of the slowest third quarters to date for 144A property and casualty (P&C) catastrophe bond issuance, the fourth quarter saw a flurry of activity that resulted in full year 144A P&C cat bond issuance exceeding USD8 billion - an industry record. Total risk capital outstanding as of December 31, 2014 equaled USD22.868 billion, the highest level of outstanding risk capital the market has ever supported.

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Chart: Top Ten Catastrophe Bond Transactions for 2014: The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2014.

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January 1, 2015 Renewals See Lower Pricing and Broader Coverage for Clients: Guy Carpenter reports reinsurance pricing fell at the January 1, 2015 renewals in many segments, affecting almost all lines of business and geographies, continuing recent renewal trends.

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Risk Profile, Appetite, and Tolerance: Fundamental Concepts in Risk Management and Reinsurance Effectiveness: Prior to the recent turbulence in the financial markets, insurers and reinsurers were increasing their use of enterprise risk management (ERM) to make risk and capital management decisions. While this was driven in part by rating agencies and regulators, many carriers began to recognize the value of metric-based frameworks and capital models in evaluating their portfolios.

Read the article>>

 

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GC Videocast - Managing Volatility by Breaking Down Silos: In the third video of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series, Andrew Cox, Capital Optimization, Guy Carpenter, and Niall Clifford, Financial Strategy Group, Mercer, give their overview on how increasing investment risk can introduce capital and earnings volatility.

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Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

February 19th, 2015

Catastrophe Bond Indemnity Trigger in 2014

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Eighty-one percent of the property and casualty (P&C) risk capital (based only on 144A cat bond transactions) was structured with an indemnity trigger on either a per-occurrence, annual aggregate or multi-year aggregate basis. The use of indemnity triggers increased steadily from a low of 30 percent in 2011 to 55 percent in 2013.

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February 18th, 2015

2014 Cat Bond Pricing Normalizes in Q4

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The continued influx of third party capital from new and existing market participants also favorably impacted insurance-linked securities (ILS) pricing for protection buyers. The continued low interest rate environment encouraged institutional investors (such as pension funds and hedge funds) to seek the higher yields offered by natural cat risk notes. As a result, sponsors took advantage of the opportunity to lock in attractive rate on line and essentially, hedge rate volatility.

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February 17th, 2015

Guy Carpenter Appoints Matthew Eagle as Head of International Analytics

Posted at 11:30 PM ET

Guy Carpenter today announced the appointment of Matthew Eagle as Managing Director and Head of International Analytics for Guy Carpenter. 

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