August 28th, 2014

US Terrorism Market: TRIPRA

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The focus on the availability and affordability of terrorism (re)insurance coverage comes as the US House of Representatives and Senate are currently considering various changes to Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (TRIPRA). TRIPRA expires on December 31, 2014 and the future of the federal backstop is the headline issue within the terrorism market this year given that either substantial modification or non-renewal have the potential to impact terrorism coverage in the United States. The full Senate passed their committee’s recommended version 93-4 on July 17, 2014. The House of Representatives has yet to vote on their version. Implications could also be felt outside the United States. How the expiration of TRIPRA would affect the global terrorism market remains unclear but one possible outcome could see increased pressure on other pool structures to dissolve, resulting in fragmentation towards a more open market approach.

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August 27th, 2014

Government Pools Remain Integral Risk Management Tools

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Terrorism pools have been set up by governments in a number of countries to mitigate the withdrawal of (re)insurance capacity from the private market following significant terrorism events. The pools were established in reaction to specific threats faced within each country. Each pool generally requires a formal declaration that a terrorist event has occurred to trigger coverage.

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August 25th, 2014

6.0Mw Earthquake — American Canyon, California

Posted at 3:22 PM ET

6-0eqamerican-smallA 6.0-magnitude earthquake was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) about 4 miles northwest of American Canyon, California and five miles north-northwest of Napa, California. The quake occurred at 3:20 a.m. local time (10:20 UTC) near the north shore of San Pablo Bay, with a magnitude of 6.0. The quake depth was 7.0 miles (11.3 km). 

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August 25th, 2014

GC Videocast - MENA Insights Speaks To Guy Carpenter’s Chris Pleasant

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

c-pleasant-2012-final-2-2smallIn our fifth and final MENA Insights interview, Chris Pleasant, Managing Director of Guy Carpenter, offers an upbeat vision of the future. While the current soft market presents challenges, it belies the greater re/insurance opportunity ahead. As local insurance markets mature and the approach to reinsurance buying becomes more sophisticated, MENA will enter the next chapter of growth.

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August 25th, 2014

European Conference on Earthquake Engineering

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The 15th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on August 24 - 29, 2014. This very important event is held every four years and brings together the most renowned experts on seismology, vulnerability, risk and structural and geotechnical engineering. The most recent advances in the field of hazard and risk assessment, loss estimation and seismic design will also be presented and discussed.

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August 22nd, 2014

Week’s Top Stories: August 16 — 22, 2014

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GC Videocast - MENA Insights: Mahomed Akoob, Managing Director, Hannover Re Takaful: In our fourth MENA Insights interview Mahomed Akoob, managing director of Hannover Re Takaful, considers the huge potential of the Takaful and Retakaful market in the region, which he thinks could grow at a faster pace than Asia. Islamic finance is driving much of the demand for Shariah compliant insurance coverage to be taken out for major infrastructure projects.

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The Terrorism Reinsurance Market: Despite the recent spike in terrorist-related activity, evolving capacity and the absence of a major terrorism loss for reinsurers have resulted in a softening terrorism reinsurance market in areas with less perceived risk. Although localized terrorism and political violence activity has impacted certain facultative programs and affected pricing and capacity at the local level, adequate terrorism capacity continues to be available in the reinsurance treaty marketplace for certain countries and territories.

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Guy Carpenter Launches MetaRisk® 7.3: Guy Carpenter announced the release of MetaRisk® 7.3, the latest version of the firm’s premier risk and capital management decision-making tool.

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July 1 Renewals Reveal Continued Double Digit Price Decreases Across Many Lines and Geographies: Guy Carpenter reports that market pressures at July 1 renewals continued to drive price decreases across virtually all geographies and lines of business, many in the double digit range. As loss activity remained minimal, reinsurers added to surplus capacity and additional capital continued to come into the market via alternative sources.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line index is presented for 1990 through 2014.  The index fell by 11 percent at January 1, 2014.

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And, You May Have Missed…

 

Enhancing Catastrophe Modeling In the Middle East and North Africa: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is acknowledged to be a key growth area for (re)insurance. Insurance penetration is rapidly increasing but still has some way to go to reach comparable levels with Europe or the United States. In the period 2003-2012, most countries in the region achieved triple-digit percentage increases in premium volume, with some exceeding 600 percent growth (source: Swiss Re Sigma).

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August 21st, 2014

The Terrorism Reinsurance Market

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Despite the recent spike in terrorist-related activity, evolving capacity and the absence of a major terrorism loss for reinsurers have resulted in a softening terrorism reinsurance market in areas with less perceived risk. Although localized terrorism and political violence activity has impacted certain facultative programs and affected pricing and capacity at the local level, adequate terrorism capacity continues to be available in the reinsurance treaty marketplace for certain countries and territories.

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August 20th, 2014

Potential Future Risks

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The spillover of violence from Syria to other Middle Eastern countries is a clear risk in 2014 and beyond. The conflict, and the sectarian tensions that underpin it, could destabilize a number of countries that share borders with Syria and be a catalyst for further violence in countries such as Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Jordan. Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has already exploited conditions in Syria to its advantage in Iraq, where the level of violence is at its highest for a number of years. The group has also made significant territorial gains in Iraq recently, advancing its aim of creating a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq.

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August 18th, 2014

GC Videocast - MENA Insights: Mahomed Akoob, Managing Director, Hannover Re Takaful

Posted at 9:00 AM ET

akoob-photo-3-v3smallerIn our fourth MENA Insights interview Mahomed Akoob, managing director of Hannover Re Takaful, considers the huge potential of the Takaful and Retakaful market in the region, which he thinks could grow at a faster pace than Asia. Islamic finance is driving much of the demand for Shariah compliant insurance coverage to be taken out for major infrastructure projects.

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August 18th, 2014

Key Battlegrounds

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The next 18 months are likely to be an important period for Afghanistan and Pakistan in determining whether the impending withdrawal of US-led coalition forces from Afghanistan could be exploited by militant groups and a precursor to increased terrorist activity in both countries. In particular, there are fears Afghanistan could descend into civil war as the Taliban seeks to reassert its control over certain areas of the country after coalition troops withdraw, thereby recreating a sanctuary for militants similar to the one that existed before the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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