August 16th, 2017

The Insurance Of Things & Industry 4.0 – A Matrix View: Part II

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Broadly speaking, the material world is covered by the property line and the virtual world by the cyber line. However, the demarcation is not absolutely clear, resulting in some overlaps in cover but also, more worryingly, some gaps in cover.

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August 15th, 2017

The Insurance Of Things & Industry 4.0 – A Matrix View: Part I

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Technological progress and the accumulation of assets have not only stimulated the development of insurance products; they have in turn been nurtured by the availability of these offerings.

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August 14th, 2017

Insurtech in China: Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry: Part III: Risks and Uncertainties Facing the Insurtech Industry

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Notwithstanding the tremendous scope and opportunity for certain simple products — such as travel insurance and shipping return insurance — in the Chinese insurtech market, several products such as auto insurance and universal life insurance face uncertainties owing to the following four factors:

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August 11th, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: August 5 — 11, 2017

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Insurtech in China: Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry: China’s capital markets aren’t yet mature enough to support financial innovation; meanwhile, existing state-owned financial institutions are not reforming quickly enough. This gap in supply has provided opportunities for Chinese fintech players - who are being supported by rapidly growing online ecosystems and a tech-savvy population - in diverse fields ranging from investing to payments.

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Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Europe/Middle East/Africa: On a global basis, approximately 70 percent of the economic loss caused by natural catastrophe events is not covered by insurance. This gap, the cost of uninsured events, frequently falls on governments through disaster relief, welfare payments and infrastructure repair and rebuilding. The ultimate cost of these responses causes a strain on public balance sheets and an increase in public debt, ultimately burdening taxpayers. The protection gap is increasing in emerging economies especially where the amount of natural catastrophe economic loss covered by insurance dropped from 25 percent in 2002 to approximately eight percent in 2014.

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GC Securities Completes First Listed P&C Cat Bond Issued by World Bank International Bank for Reconstruction & Development’s Capital-at-Risk Program: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of a catastrophe bond benefitting the government of Mexico’s Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN). The $360,000,000, three-class catastrophe bond is issued by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (”World Bank” or “IBRD”), and represents the first listed property and catastrophe bond issued under its Capital-at-Risk notes program.

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Managing Catastrophe Model Uncertainty, Issues and Challenges: Here we repeat our series authored by John Major, which focuses on the issues and challenges in managing catastrophe model uncertainty.

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Guy Carpenter Reports Moderating Reinsurance Pricing Decline at January 1, 2017 Renewals: Guy Carpenter & Company reports the decline in reinsurance pricing moderated at the January 1, 2017 renewal across most classes of business and geographies, as compared to the past three renewal seasons.  Several sectors experienced increased loss activity, which had only a localized impact on pricing while capacity remained plentiful. After remaining fairly stable in 2015, dedicated reinsurance capital increased by 5 percent from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017 as calculated by Guy Carpenter and A.M. Best. The convergence capital segment increased by 10 percent.

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Analytics: Fueling Risk-Informed Decisions: Today’s rapidly changing global environment presents insurers with many challenges and opportunities as capital management and risk transfer techniques evolve at an unprecedented pace. Stakeholders, regulators and ratings agencies are deepening their focus on risk management practices, and revolutionary developments in technology, including the Internet of Things and hyper-connectivity, are driving companies to adapt to the challenges that senior management faces to support risk management decisions material to their business.

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*Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, 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 LLC, 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.

August 10th, 2017

Insurtech in China: Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry: Part II: Insurtech Makes Gains

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cliff-sheng-portrait-sm1Cliff Sheng, Partner and Head of Financial Services, Greater China, Oliver Wyman

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Insurtech is revolutionizing the insurance industry by bringing disruptive products and services to a market that is fast adopting, and increasingly moving toward, an online ecosystem. The market is also seeing a surge in the number of people who are aware of and are starting to understand the benefits of insurance.

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August 9th, 2017

Insurtech in China: Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry: Part I

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Cliff Sheng, Partner and Head of Financial Services, Greater China, Oliver Wyman

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China’s capital markets aren’t yet mature enough to support financial innovation; meanwhile, existing state-owned financial institutions are not reforming quickly enough. This gap in supply has provided opportunities for Chinese fintech players — who are being supported by rapidly growing online ecosystems and a tech-savvy population — in diverse fields ranging from investing to payments.

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August 8th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Europe/Middle East/Africa: Part IV: Closing the Protection Gap

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These trends are likely to support broader product offerings and greater market stability around which the private sector may close the protection gap in EMEA and in other regions:

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August 7th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Europe/Middle East/Africa: Part III: Highlights of Recent Public Sector Initiatives

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Following years of planning by the insurance Industry and negotiation with a wide group of stakeholders including the government, Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and others, Flood Re launched in April 2016. The overarching aim of the market-based scheme is to ensure better access to more affordable household insurance for those in high flood risk areas.

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August 4th, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: July 29 — August 4, 2017

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Disruptive Forces Redefining the Role of Insurance: Fundamental disruptive forces are driving monumental changes in the global economy at an unprecedented rate. These forces compel the (re)insurance industry to adjust to the new reality and capitalize on the opportunities created.

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Guy Carpenter Announces Senior Promotions in Asia Pacific: Guy Carpenter & Company announced that Tony Gallagher has been appointed CEO of the Asia Pacific Region, with immediate effect. In addition, Richard Jones has been promoted to Chairman of the Region.

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Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Europe/Middle East/Africa: On a global basis, approximately 70 percent of the economic loss caused by natural catastrophe events is not covered by insurance. This gap, the cost of uninsured events, frequently falls on governments through disaster relief, welfare payments and infrastructure repair and rebuilding. The ultimate cost of these responses causes a strain on public balance sheets and an increase in public debt, ultimately burdening taxpayers. The protection gap is increasing in emerging economies especially where the amount of natural catastrophe economic loss covered by insurance dropped from 25 percent in 2002 to approximately eight percent in 2014.

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Managing Catastrophe Model Uncertainty, Issues and Challenges: Here we repeat our series authored by John Major, which focuses on the issues and challenges in managing catastrophe model uncertainty.

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Excess Capacity in This Year’s Florida Market: The Florida peninsula is the most important market for property reinsurance in the world. Each summer, the third most populous state in the union braces itself for another Atlantic hurricane season. In Florida’s esoteric insurance market, insurers buy reinsurance protection at the beginning of June each year.

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Cyber Risk Pervades All Classes, But Creates Huge Industry Opportunity, Says Motta: Cyber risk likely will become the single most pervasive risk that society faces, maybe even more so than climate change, according to Joshua Motta, co-founder and CEO of Coalition.

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August 4th, 2017

GC Securities Completes First Listed P&C Cat Bond Issued by World Bank International Bank for Reconstruction & Development’s Capital-at-Risk Program

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GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, today announced the placement of a catastrophe bond benefitting the government of Mexico’s Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN). The $360,000,000, three-class catastrophe bond is issued by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (”World Bank” or “IBRD”), and represents the first listed property and catastrophe bond issued under its Capital-at-Risk notes program.

Continue reading…