March 27th, 2015

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

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GC Strategic Advisory Update: Reinsurers Ratings Challenged with Negative Sector Outlook: The major rating agencies covering the reinsurance sector (A.M. Best, S&P, Moody’s, Fitch) have all voiced concerns with the industry’s ability to adjust to the seemingly overwhelming headwinds currently facing the sector. With A.M. Best recently changing its outlook, the view of the reinsurance sector across the rating agencies is now unanimously negative.

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Public Entities, Insurers of Last Resort and Compulsory Cat Pools and Disaster Facilities: The use of capital markets-based risk transfer capacity by public entities, insurers of last resort, and compulsory catastrophe pools and disaster facilities continues to expand. These deals included Turkey’s Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool, Mexico’s FONDEN and New Zealand’s EQC. Most large U.S. insurers of last resort, such as CEA, Citizens (FL), Citizens (LA), North Carolina Joint Underwriting Association and the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association (NCJUA/NCIUA), and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, are utilizing capital markets capacity including collateralized reinsurance and catastrophe bonds.

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January 1, 2015 Renewals See Lower Pricing and Broader Coverage for Clients: As we approach the April 2015 reinsurance renewal, we look back at the Jan. 1 renewal.

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Modeling Beyond Property CAT Risk: Here we review recent GC Capital Idea stories on catastrophe models that focus on exposures beyond catastrophe property risk.

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Guy Carpenter Launches its Innovative Casualty Catastrophe Model: GC ForCas℠: Guy Carpenter announced the launch of GC ForCas℠, its new data-driven casualty catastrophe model.

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And, You May Have Missed…

2014 Cat Bond Pricing Normalizes in Q4: 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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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.

March 26th, 2015

January 1, 2015 Renewals See Lower Pricing and Broader Coverage for Clients

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

As we approach the April 2015 reinsurance renewal, we look back at the Jan. 1 renewal.

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March 25th, 2015

Public Entities, Insurers of Last Resort and Compulsory Cat Pools and Disaster Facilities

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The use of capital markets-based risk transfer capacity by public entities, insurers of last resort, and compulsory catastrophe pools and disaster facilities continues to expand. These deals included Turkey’s Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool, Mexico’s FONDEN and New Zealand’s EQC. Most large U.S. insurers of last resort, such as CEA, Citizens (FL), Citizens (LA), North Carolina Joint Underwriting Association and the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association (NCJUA/NCIUA), and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, are utilizing capital markets capacity including collateralized reinsurance and catastrophe bonds.

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March 24th, 2015

GC Strategic Advisory Update: Reinsurers Ratings Challenged with Negative Sector Outlook

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

mark-murry-small-200 Mark Murray, Senior Vice President

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The major rating agencies covering the reinsurance sector (A.M. Best, S&P, Moody’s, Fitch) have all voiced concerns with the industry’s ability to adjust to the seemingly overwhelming headwinds currently facing the sector. With A.M. Best recently changing its outlook, the view of the reinsurance sector across the rating agencies is now unanimously negative.

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March 23rd, 2015

Chart: P&C M&A Activity 2006 to 2015

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Chart presents property/casualty (P&C) merger and acquisition (M&A) activity primarily for United States and Bermuda-based companies over the past 10 years. The chart illustrates the number of deals and deal volume over that period.

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March 20th, 2015

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

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Guy Carpenter Launches its Innovative Casualty Catastrophe Model: GC ForCas℠: Guy Carpenter announced the launch of GC ForCas℠, its new data-driven casualty catastrophe model.

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The Insurance Risk Benchmarks Research: Insights for the Industry and the E&S Market: The Insurance Risk Benchmarks Research is an ongoing project sponsored by Guy Carpenter & Company and Oliver Wyman to assist property/casualty (P&C) companies with profiling enterprise risk. Articulating an individual company’s risk profile requires assessment of both absolute and relative financial uncertainties. The absolute uncertainties can ultimately be codified in an economic capital model, but robust review of relative historical performance invariably improves the codification of certain systemic risks.

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Guy Carpenter Publishes Scenario Risk Report for Asia Pacific Region: Guy Carpenter released a new scenario risk report titled Tsunami Risk from Magnitude 9.4 Earthquake in Manila Trench. The report provides an in-depth study of the tsunami risk from a moment magnitude 9.4 earthquake along the Manila Trench, including the Hong Kong area, Taiwan, Kota Kinabalu, Macau, Manila and Vietnam. Among the regions studied in the report, the worst case scenario predicts the highest risks in southwest Taiwan, specifically up to 4 meters at the Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s principal port and the sixth largest container port in the world.

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Parametric CAT Derivatives to “Build Back Better”: Destruction caused by catastrophes often unfolds due to inadequate construction practices or land use planning. The likely response to these events is to strive to “build back better,” in part by addressing the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, communities that embrace this challenge often find that they lack the financial resources for it and ambitious reconstruction projects lose momentum.

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Guy Carpenter Launches New Healthcare & Life Specialty Practice: Guy Carpenter announced the launch of its new US Healthcare & Life Specialty Practice which will focus exclusively on the unique needs of health providers and insurers in this evolving segment. The practice will consist of a team of more than 50 health, healthcare and life broking professionals and actuaries dedicated to helping clients develop and implement strategies to best underwrite and manage the unique risks of this expanding and specialized market.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Features of Collateral Structures: A collateralized reinsurance transaction is one in which a market creates a trust account at the inception of the contract term and funds the account in an amount equal to the contract limit (less certain deductions). This funding mechanism provides the client with readily accessible funds in the event of a loss that are segregated from the other assets of the market and remains available even if the market becomes insolvent. A collateralized reinsurance transaction also requires a pre-negotiated release of assets in the trust fund back to the market if there are no losses or if loss development is less than the contract limit.

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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.

March 19th, 2015

Modeling Beyond Property CAT Risk

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review recent GC Capital Idea stories on catastrophe models that focus on exposures beyond catastrophe property risk:

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March 18th, 2015

Guy Carpenter Publishes Scenario Risk Report for Asia Pacific Region

Posted at 12:30 AM ET

Guy Carpenter today released a new scenario risk report titled Tsunami Risk from Magnitude 9.4 Earthquake in Manila Trench. The report provides an in-depth study of the tsunami risk from a moment magnitude 9.4 earthquake along the Manila Trench, including the Hong Kong area, Taiwan, Kota Kinabalu, Macau, Manila and Vietnam. Among the regions studied in the report, the worst case scenario predicts the highest risks in southwest Taiwan, specifically up to 4 meters at the Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s principal port and the sixth largest container port in the world.

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March 17th, 2015

Parametric CAT Derivatives to “Build Back Better”

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

franco_guillermo_bioGuillermo Franco, Head of Catastrophe Risk Research - EMEA

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Destruction caused by catastrophes often unfolds due to inadequate construction practices or land use planning. The likely response to these events is to strive to “build back better,” in part by addressing the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, communities that embrace this challenge often find that they lack the financial resources for it and ambitious reconstruction projects lose momentum.

Continue reading…

March 16th, 2015

Guy Carpenter Launches its Innovative Casualty Catastrophe Model: GC ForCas℠

Posted at 5:30 AM ET

Guy Carpenter today announced the launch of GC ForCas℠, its new data-driven casualty catastrophe model.

Continue reading…