August 4th, 2010

Stories from Guy Carpenter’s Chief Actuary, Part II: Conclusion

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

mango_smallHere we complete the review of the contributions to GCCapitalIdeas from Guy Carpenter’s Chief Actuary, Donald Mango, in the last year.

ERM Offers Competitive Compliance for Solvency II:  (Re)insurers face a labyrinth of capital management challenges. Financial markets have proved that they can change the industry’s view of risk swiftly - and with little warning. New risks are emerging, as well, some of which can be difficult to identify, lurking in portfolios for years without detection. The need for Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is palpable, and risk-bearers are beginning to appreciate that preserving their capital requires metrics-based management and a robust capital modeling discipline. With regulatory requirements such as Solvency II on the horizon, the stakes are even higher, as capital optimization must be accomplished within a compliance framework.

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Five Ways to Manage Innovation:   To cut through the claims of innovation in the market, you need to know what you’re looking for. There are plenty of capital models, catastrophe models and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) practices in the (re)insurance industry, but which are the most valuable innovations? The right choices can protect your capital, help you deploy it optimally and ultimately bolster shareholder value … but faux innovation can slow your growth - or leave you exposed to unexpected risk or still leave you exposed when you thought the gap had been filled.

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Risk Management Lessons from the Olympics: Guy Carpenter’s Chief Actuary Offers Some Observations: We were all thrilled with the spectacle of the just-completed 2010 Olympic Winter Games from Vancouver. Winter sports are known for their inherent high levels of riskiness, so it should not be too surprising that some valuable lessons related to “personal risk management behavior” can be drawn from the way the athletes make decisions and how the competitions are conducted and judged. As risk professionals, when we watch the action on the snowy mountains and icy rinks, we can get another view on the choices made in the taking of risk or in mitigating risk.

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The Time Profile of Risk:   According to the draft European Union Solvency II directives, companies will need to provide an “own risk and solvency assessment” (ORSA). The Committee of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Supervisors (CEIOPS) has prepared an issues paper that provides guidance to assist (re)insurers in implementing the ORSA.

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Read Stories from Guy Carpenter’s Chief Actuary, Part I >>

Read all articles authored by Don Mango >>

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