July 26th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives – Pandemic Risk: Part II

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Cory Anger, Global Head of ILS Structuring, GC Securities*

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As investors become comfortable with pandemic risk, alternative capital is beginning to pivot its capacity to providing more action oriented pandemic protection during the beginning or ongoing phases of a pandemic (1) rather than focusing solely on replenishing capital post-event. Alternative capital also has the ability to provide multi-year protection when interim response structures are important for governmental organizations such as development banks, health organizations and sovereigns, to rapidly manage the needed monetary support. The goal is to contain and mitigate epidemics at their origin and prevent their potential global migration. The migration may impact key industries (tourism, hotels and transportation) and government budgets.

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July 25th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives – Pandemic Risk: Part I

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Cory Anger, Global Head of ILS Structuring, GC Securities*

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Public entities’ use of capital markets-based risk transfer capacity for the assumption of natural disaster losses, such as the cost of emergency relief and infrastructure and property damage has demonstrated success in de-risking public sector balance sheets. Capital markets innovators are beginning to leverage the outcomes achieved in the natural disaster sphere to other types of public sector severity losses, notably pandemic diseases. The capital markets may help fund resources to rapidly contain the spread of a pandemic, share the burden of associated medical expenses and/or manage the financial impact of the higher mortality rates.

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July 24th, 2017

Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Climate Impact Centre Publishes New Annual Report

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gcacic_advThe report, covering the Centre’s activities during 2016, is divided into five sections.

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July 21st, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: July 15 — 21, 2017

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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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Guy Carpenter Appoints Tom Hettinger to Lead Advisory Capabilities in United States and Canada: Guy Carpenter & Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Hettinger to lead its capital, structured risk, growth and rating agency advisory capabilities in the United States and Canada.

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New Study Identifies Winners in Growing Insurtech Space: A new report from consulting firm Oliver Wyman and insurtech investor Policen Direkt analyzes insurtech business models worldwide and pinpoints winners and losers.

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Chart: Combined Ratio For Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, Q1 2017: Chart presents combined ratio for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2006 through first quarter, 2017.

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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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GC Securities* Completes First Ever Indemnity Triggered Multi-Europe Peril Only 144A Catastrophe Bond for Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of Principal At-Risk Variable Rate Notes, with notional principal at €200,000,000, through a newly formed special purpose vehicle domiciled in Ireland, Lion II Re DAC, to benefit Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A., an Italian insurance company and the parent company of the Generali Group. This is the third time that Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. has utilized the insurance-linked securities market and is the first ever 144A cat bond to provide indemnity protection against multiple Europe perils.

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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.

July 20th, 2017

The Impact of Insurtech

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Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas posts on the growing interest in insurtech and its impact on the insurance industry.

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July 19th, 2017

Excess Capacity in This Year’s Florida Market: Part V; Assignment of Benefits Crisis: Lara Mowery

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mowery_lara_bio5In an interview Guy Carpenter’s Lara Mowery, Managing Director, discussed the drivers of the continuing rate reductions in Florida and what it means for the rest of the market. Here she discussed the assignment of benefits crisis in Florida on this year’s June 1 renewals.

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July 18th, 2017

Excess Capacity in This Year’s Florida Market: Part IV; Hurricane Matthew: Lara Mowery

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mowery_lara_bio4In an interview Guy Carpenter’s Lara Mowery, Managing Director, discussed the drivers of the continuing rate reductions in Florida and what it means for the rest of the market. Here she discussed Hurricane Matthew’s impact on this year’s June 1 renewals.

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July 17th, 2017

Guy Carpenter Appoints Tom Hettinger to Lead Advisory Capabilities in United States and Canada

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Guy Carpenter & Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Hettinger to lead its capital, structured risk, growth and rating agency advisory capabilities in the United States and Canada.

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July 17th, 2017

Excess Capacity in This Year’s Florida Market: Part III; Florida’s Citizens: Lara Mowery

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mowery_lara_bio3In an interview Guy Carpenter’s Lara Mowery, Managing Director, discussed the drivers of the continuing rate reductions in Florida and what it means for the rest of the market. Here she discussed the role of Florida’s Citizens, the state’s insurer of last resort, in this year’s June 1 renewals.

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July 14th, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: July 8 — 14, 2017

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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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Chart: Combined Ratio For Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, Q1 2017: Chart presents combined ratio for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2006 through first quarter, 2017.

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GC Securities* Supports First Ever World Bank Catastrophe Bonds and Catastrophe-linked Swaps to Combat Infectious Disease: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, participated in today’s pricing of bonds and catastrophe-linked swaps supporting pandemic risk. Part of an innovative new public-private partnership aimed at improving global resiliency and health security, the mechanism provides surge funding to developing countries facing a possible pandemic outbreak. GC Securities served as co-manager of the bonds and joint arranger of the swaps. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) was used by AIR Worldwide to provide expert risk modeling.

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North Atlantic Basin Tropical Storm Outlook for 2017: Normal to Above Average: As hurricane season begins in the North Atlantic Basin, several agencies have produced seasonal outlooks of 2017 tropical activity including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Weather Company (TWC/IBM) and Dr. Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University (CSU). These seasonal outlooks give a sense of overall expected activity for the basin at large but do not estimate the number of landfalls. These agencies stress the need for readiness for a landfalling hurricane, as with any hurricane season.

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Industry Must Act to Avoid a “Kodak Moment”: In his first speech as Lloyd’s new chairman, Bruce Carnegie-Brown said the insurance industry must do more to change and innovate or run the risk of being disrupted by external players.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Exponential Thinking Key to Meeting Disruption Challenge, Says Josh Camire: Josh Camire, Managing Director of ExO Advisors, opened his presentation with the alarming prediction that 40 percent of today’s Fortune 500 companies will cease to exist in 10 years - primarily due to technological disruption.

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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.