Rates Retreat as Capital Rebounds: Global Reinsurance Renewals at January 1, 2010: Reinsurance rates for most lines of business decreased at the January 1, 2010 renewal. The Guy Carpenter World Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) Index decreased by 6 percent in response to a swift and substantial recovery in the capitalization of the reinsurance sector. The combination of the rally in investment markets, much reduced catastrophe loss activity and recessionary effects on demand resulted in an excess of supply and increased competition. This was reflected in a slow renewal in which many contracts closed very late in the season as buyers sought to gain maximum advantage. The overall movements in pricing have also occurred against a complicated background of exposure adjustments, model revisions, program changes and other market noise.
Lloyd’s: A Resurgent Market, Part I: Overview, Underwriting and Operating Performance: Lloyd’s, poised to strongly capitalize on opportunities as 2009 began, saw its competitive position continue to strengthen during the year. The resilience of operating performance and capitalization to the very challenging economic environment of the past 18 months, coupled with a continued reduction in the number of legacy issues, has been rewarded. Market share gains, rating affirmations and continued strong investor interest prevailed.
Solvency II: CEIOPS Third Set of Advice, An Overview: The Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Supervisors (CEIOPS) published its final and third set of advice to the European Commission (EC) at the end of January. The advice notably excluded final advice on non-life underwriting risk.
Risk Profile, Appetite, and Tolerance: Fundamental Concepts in Risk Management and Reinsurance Effectiveness: Prior to the recent turbulence in the financial markets, insurers and reinsurers were increasing their use of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) to make risk and capital management decisions. While this was driven in part by rating agencies and regulators, many carriers began to recognize the value of metric-based frameworks and capital models in evaluating their portfolios.
Solvency II - Gearing Up for Tougher Capital Requirements: The development of Solvency II continues to be one of the most significant regulatory developments for the insurance industry applicable to both primary carriers and reinsurers. European insurers are starting to focus now on the risk-sensitive regime they will face in 2012, especially on the impact of the risk-based quantitative requirements for measuring financial positions and capital adequacy.
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