June 18th, 2010

2010 Hurricane Season Begins: Knowing, Understanding and Better Managing the Risks: Index

Posted at 2:00 AM 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.

2010 Hurricane Season Begins: Knowing, Understanding and Better Managing the Risks, Part II: Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund, Innovative Products: One of the critical components in the majority of Florida contracts renewing at June 1 is the structure of the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF). While factors influencing the FHCF structure overall were dealt with earlier than in prior years, there remained questions regarding the viability of the TICL layer and rating agencies’ treatment of TICL within the reinsurance structure.

2010 Hurricane Season Begins: Knowing, Understanding and Better Managing the Risks, Part III: 2010 Hurricane Forecast: To coincide with the start of the hurricane season, Guy Carpenter has summarized the various forecasters’ predictions for the 2010 season. Several meteorologists have released forecasts for the forthcoming hurricane season and there seems to be a general consensus that 2010 will see unusually high activity. If this prediction proves to be true, the 2010 hurricane season will stand in sharp contrast to the relatively quiet 2009 season.

2010 Hurricane Season Begins: Knowing, Understanding and Better Managing the Risks, Part IV: Tools for Understanding and Managing Risk: Guy Carpenter offers the solutions to help (re)insurers manage the risks associated with hurricane exposures and preparedness through our forward looking hazard forecasting tools. Assessing the impact and potential loss damage of hurricane activity on a risk portfolio can now be accomplished with more detailed information than ever before.

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