September 19th, 2014

Week’s Top Stories: September 13 — 19, 2014

Posted at 8:00 AM ET

Cyber, Terrorism and New Compensation Structures Highlighted as Critical Emerging Risks: Guy Carpenter published a new report highlighting emerging risks facing the (re)insurance sector, including cyber-attacks, terrorism and new compensation structures for long-term bodily injuries. The report seeks to identify and categorize these risks that are now confronting the sector, as well as analyze their implications on businesses and (re)insurers.

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Influx of New Capital Continues to Reshape the Reinsurance Market: Guy Carpenter published a new report focusing on the growth in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market during the past year and some of the recent developments in catastrophe bond structure and risk transfer.

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Guy Carpenter Explores Wider Impact of Market Conditions: The growing presence of the capital markets, over capacity in most lines and territories, and the ongoing rationalization of buying strategies are not only influencing market dynamics, but also the continuing evolution of the broker into a capital and risk advisor. This is according to the panel of speakers at the seventh annual press briefing held at the Reinsurance Rendez-Vous 2014 in Monte Carlo by Guy Carpenter.

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Capital Optimization: Using Internal Reinsurance for Group Capital Management: Increased capital efficiency remains at the forefront of (re)insurers’ strategies - owing largely to the pending introduction of the Solvency II regime, rating agency capital requirements and the continued pressure around shareholder expectations.

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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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And, You May Have Missed…

US Terror Risk Sector Capacity: Despite this increase in terrorism market capacity, it is not sufficient on its own to provide comprehensive terrorism cover in the United States. According to a Guy Carpenter (re)insurance capital study, dedicated global capital to the US (re)insurance market is estimated to be approximately USD700 billion. Catastrophe models that produce nuclear, biological, chemical or radiological (NBCR) event scenarios estimate losses from a large nuclear attack in Manhattan (at greater than USD900 billion) would likely exceed the total amount of capital in the US market. The study consequently concludes that the (re)insurance sector does not have the capital necessary to withstand such a scenario. Some form of federal backstop is therefore needed if the private (re)insurance market is to continue to provide capacity to higher risk areas.

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September 18th, 2014

Terrorism Reinsurance Strategies

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Even if the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (TRIPRA) is renewed without wholesale changes, the recent organic growth in US nationwide workers compensation premiums as a result of rate rises and payroll growth is likely to cause insurance companies’ deductibles to increase. This in turn is likely to increase demand for terrorism reinsurance.

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September 17th, 2014

As Cyber-Attacks Escalate, So Does Demand for Cyber-Specific Insurance

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

morley-speed-small2-97kirsten-eickstaedt-sma852mike-brown-sm972jeremy-platt-ls971Morley Speed, Managing Director, UK Cyber Solutions; Kirsten Eickstaedt, Senior Vice President, European Division and Casualty Solutions Group ; Mike Brown and Jeremy Platt, Co-Leaders of Cyber Solutions Specialty Practice

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From data breaches, to network business interruption to cyber extortion, the frequency and severity of cyber-attacks that have struck governments, utilities, individuals, medical and academic institutions and companies of all sizes are on the rise.

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September 16th, 2014

Hurricane Odile

Posted at 3:38 PM ET

odile-9-16-sm-200Hurricane Odile made a direct hit to the Southern end of the Baja Peninsula, Mexico, Sunday night, with impacts of great severity. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 125 mph, a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Odile is now a tropical storm and poses an ongoing threat of wind, surge and especially heavy rain. The wind impacts of Odile include severe to complete damage to hundreds of homes, with severe damage to hotels and the Los Cabos airport. Downed trees and power lines are widespread, and power outages have affected at least 200,000. According to the NHC, Odile is tied with Olivia, which struck in 1967, as the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the state of Baja California Sur.

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September 16th, 2014

Capital Markets Growth and Innovations Continue

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

cory-anger-small2-169 Cory Anger, Global Head of ILS Structuring, GC Securities

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The influx of new capital into the (re)insurance industry constitutes the largest change to the sector’s capital structure in recent memory. Over the past 24 months, approximately USD20 billion of new capital has entered the market through investments in insurance-linked securities (ILS), funds and sidecars as well as the formation of hedge fund-related reinsurance companies and collateralized reinsurance vehicles.

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September 15th, 2014

Influx of New Capital Continues to Reshape the Reinsurance Market

Posted at 10:30 PM ET

2014-sep-capital-markets-cover-image-crGuy Carpenter today published a new report focusing on the growth in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market during the past year and some of the recent developments in catastrophe bond structure and risk transfer.

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September 15th, 2014

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.

Continue reading…

September 14th, 2014

Cyber, Terrorism and New Compensation Structures Highlighted as Critical Emerging Risks

Posted at 10:30 PM ET

2014-sep-emerging-risk-cover-image-crGuy Carpenter today published a new report highlighting emerging risks facing the (re)insurance sector, including cyber-attacks, terrorism and new compensation structures for long-term bodily injuries. The report seeks to identify and categorize these risks that are now confronting the sector, as well as analyze their implications on businesses and (re)insurers.

Continue reading…

September 14th, 2014

Capital Optimization: Using Internal Reinsurance for Group Capital Management

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

markus-muller-124Markus Müller, Global Partners & Strategic Advisory EMEA, Capital Optimization

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Increased capital efficiency remains at the forefront of (re)insurers’ strategies - owing largely to the pending introduction of the Solvency II regime, rating agency capital requirements and the continued pressure around shareholder expectations.

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September 13th, 2014

GC Videocast - Rendez-Vous Press Briefing 2014, Concluding Remarks (Alex Moczarski)

Posted at 2:19 PM ET

2014-sep-mc-moczarski-photo1Alex Moczarski, President and CEO, Guy Carpenter and Chairman, Marsh & McLennan Companies International, provides concluding remarks at the Guy Carpenter press briefing at the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous in this GC Capital Ideas videocast.  He said  “The focus for many in the industry continues to be on the deflationary effect of excess capital. This can lead to negative introspection or just waiting for the ‘big one’ to strike. Such passivity won’t do. We must take the initiative. For a broker, this means constant innovation, anticipation of clients’ needs and delivering the best solutions.

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