June 22nd, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part IV

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Mexico’s risk management strategy has earned a strong reputation in the international community. The World Bank said it is “at the vanguard of initiatives aimed at the development of an integrated disaster risk management framework, including the effective use of risk financing and insurance mechanisms to manage the fiscal risk derived from disasters,” highlighting it as an example for other governments to follow (1).

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June 21st, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part III: A Lesson in Resilience from Mexico

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The Mexican federal government’s risk management strategy exemplifies a modern, resilient disaster preparedness plan, including pre- and post-event approaches and public-private partnerships. Following the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, the Mexican National Civil Protection System (SINAPROC) was created, establishing a multi-level system to integrate stakeholders from the three levels of government, the private and social sectors, academia and scientific organizations. Its purpose was to provide an institutional framework for the improved coordination of emergency response. Its capacities in the areas of risk assessment, early warning, preparedness and disaster risk financing were developed. As SINAPROC evolved, it added risk reduction practices to shift from a reactive to a preventative, holistic and integrated risk management plan.

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June 20th, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part II

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Many recent catastrophe events in the Latin America/Caribbean region provide examples of the protection gap: Only 5 percent of the USD 8 billion economic loss from Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was insured; and the insured portion of the USD 2 to 3 billion economic loss caused by the April 2016 earthquake in Manta, Ecuador, is expected to reach no more than 15 percent. The 2016 earthquake has deeply impacted the local economy and government finances as unemployment increased by approximately 50 percent and the government was compelled to increase sales taxes by two percent to fund national reparation and recovery costs. In general, emerging markets face a much larger protection gap than developed economies:

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June 19th, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part I

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Globally, three of the ten most costly natural disaster events in the last 35 years occurred in total or in part in the Latin America/Caribbean (LAC) region (1); losses from Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean are still being assessed.

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June 16th, 2017

Insurers Must Digitalize To Meet Buyers’ Needs, Says Greenberg; MMC Young Professionals’ Forum 2017

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The financial services industry - including insurance - will undergo massive change thanks to digitalization, Evan Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Chubb Limited told MMC’s Young Professionals’ Global Forum Thursday.

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June 16th, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: June 10 — 16, 2017

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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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Marsh & McLennan Encourages the Industry’s Next Generation to Embrace Opportunities Created by Change: Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.’s Young Professionals’ Global Forum 2017 opened in London today, with over 600 delegates attending the two-day event to hear from leading executives about the opportunities created by transformational changes impacting the insurance industry. Launched in 2013, this is the third year that MMC has sponsored this event which brings together insurance executives and the industry’s rising professionals.

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Expanding Range Of Capital Sources Offers Benefits: Pricing declines continued in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) segment of alternative capital. In turn, this has prompted questions about the sustainability of lower pricing and capacity post-catastrophe event, suggesting that traditional reinsurers’ models and the traditional reinsurance and alternative capital mix of capital sources still need to evolve. Maintaining premium rate adequacy and stable capacity requires better access to the expanding sources of capital and awareness of the benefits of better risk syndication and segmentation, according to David Priebe, Vice Chairman at Guy Carpenter and Cory Anger, Global Head of ILS Origination and Structuring at GC Securities.

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China Risk Oriented Solvency System (C-ROSS): The China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) is instituting sweeping changes through its three-tiered China Risk Oriented Solvency System (C-ROSS) framework that will dramatically impact how (re)insurers conduct business. It will strengthen capital requirements, risk management and transparency disclosures - bringing China in line with, and in some cases overtaking, global standards. The C-ROSS framework is similar to Solvency II: three tiers focusing on quantitative, qualitative and disclosure requirements.

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Strategic Growth Analysis - The Guy Carpenter Approach: The changes in today’s property and casualty (P&C) insurance marketplace present insurers with many challenges to capital management and risk transfer techniques. Insurers are compelled to leverage their capital positions to increase and diversify their market shares to an unprecedented degree. Preserving the status quo is not an option for long-term viability. Profitable growth is a key priority for companies seeking additional return. Companies need to enter new lines of business or geographies strategically with proper analysis. Guy Carpenter offers proprietary analytical tools, intellectual capital and expertise to help companies determine and evaluate their growth plans while maintaining an acceptable level of risk and profitability.

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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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June 16th, 2017

Cyber Risk Pervades All Classes, But Creates Huge Industry Opportunity, Says Motta; MMC Young Professionals’ Global Forum 2017

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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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June 15th, 2017

Industry Must Act to Avoid a “Kodak Moment;” MMC Young Professionals’ Forum 2017

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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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June 15th, 2017

Industry Must Bend the Risk Curve to Deliver Value, Says John Doyle; MMC Young Professionals’ Global Forum 2017

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John Doyle, President of Marsh LLC, called upon delegates at the MMC Young Professionals’ Global Forum to take advantage of the multiple opportunities in the current environment which he called the “Age of the Client.”

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June 15th, 2017

Exponential Thinking Key to Meeting Disruption Challenge, Says Josh Camire; MMC Young Professionals’ Global Forum 2017

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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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