June 11th, 2010

Week’s Top Stories: June 5 - June 11, 2010

Posted at 12:00 PM ET

2010 Hurricane Season Begins: Knowing, Understanding and Better Managing the Risks, Part I: State of the Florida Marketplace:   The 2010 hurricane season kicked-off on June 1 and the meteorological forces wasted no time in getting down to business. Tropical storm Agatha slammed into Central America, killing at least 101 people. The hurricane season kick-off and the storm occurred as backdrops to the wrap up of the June 1, 2010 reinsurance renewals, traditionally centered on the Florida property marketplace.

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June 1 Reinsurance Rate Decreases are One Positive Development for Florida Companies:  At each Florida renewal season there are many challenges companies face in designing and placing their reinsurance programs. This year was no exception. While companies deal with navigating the challenges of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund integration each year, 2010 also included heightened commentary by rating agencies regarding acceptable risk transfer approaches, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation’s own views on risk transfer and an environment of continuing economic turmoil specific to the Florida insurance environment.

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Global Reinsurance Composite Net Income Declines, Investment Income Recovers in 1 Q, 2010:   The Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite’s net income declined in the first quarter of 2010 compared with the same quarter in 2009. The companies comprising the group showed an aggregate net gain of USD1.4 billion, a decline of 31 percent from the first quarter of 2009. The primary driver was an increase in non-life underwriting losses.

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Catastrophe Bond Update: First Quarter 2010 - Heavy Smoke, Some Fire…Encouraging Conditions Persist*:  In the first quarter of 2010, two catastrophe bond transactions were completed, and USD300 million of risk capital was issued. In response to strong investor demand, both transactions closed within initial price guidance and were upsized relative to announced placement targets. While this activity furthers the integration of the capital markets into the risk management processes of protection buyers, on balance, issuance volumes for the quarter were perhaps a bit lighter than expected at the close of 2009.

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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.

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Five Ways to Find and Manage Hidden Risks:  Some casualty risk accumulations stay hidden, but this doesn’t mean your exposure disappears. A single event could trigger a chain reaction of insured losses on professional and product liability covers, depleting your capital and possibly destroying shareholder value. In extreme cases, even solvency could be threatened. Using Guy Carpenter’s Casualty Cat model, developed jointly with Arium, Ltd., it’s possible to identify some of these “casualty catastrophe” risks early - before they drain your balance sheet.

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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/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., which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. 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. 

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