December 12th, 2008

Week’s Top Stories: Dec 6 - 12, 2008

Posted at 1:05 AM ET

A Most Unusual Renewal: The imminent renewal is likely to be the most unusual in recent memory. The (re)insurance industry remains entangled in a global financial catastrophe, which makes any effort at forecasting the exact outcome very difficult.

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Book Value Update, Dec 8, 2008: The Guy Carpenter Global Composite’s aggregate book value unchanged from last week. The measure is still down 18 percent for the year.

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Reinsurance Pricing and the Changing Cost of Capital: Despite the ambiguity pervading financial and reinsurance markets, it is clear that systemic risk has increased. Unprecedented chaos in financial markets left investors more risk-averse than they were at the end of the summer.

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Turkey: Catastrophe Reinsurance Market 2008: Turkish reinsurance pricing increased substantially in the aftermath of the 1999 earthquake, although most reinsurers saw paybacks of their losses within two years.

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Chart Update: GC Reinsurance Composite: Earning Sources at Nine Months: As third quarter results become available, Guy Carpenter will continue to update the GC Reinsurance Composite Earnings Sources chart.

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And, you may have missed …

The Adverse Development Super-Catastrophe: Property catastrophes make the news. Tangible and visual, the carnage can be conveyed with ease, and all can grasp the direct implications immediately. Yet for (re)insurers, there’s another type of catastrophe that could be far more destructive to balance sheets.

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