December 17th, 2010

Week’s Top Stories: Dec. 11 - Dec. 17, 2010

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Solvency II Update: QIS5 Windstorm Scenarios Are Within Range of Industry Models: European insurers and reinsurers will face requirements for full compliance with the new Solvency II capital regime requirements in just over two years. Even if this introduction is phased in - as the European Commission has reportedly indicated it could be - these requirements will have a wide-ranging and profound impact on the insurance industry throughout Europe.

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Chart: Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, Source of Earnings, 9 Months 2010

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Chart: Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, Change in Equity, 9 Months 2010

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Chart: Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, Return on Revenue, 9 Months 2010

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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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The Evolving Risk Manager and Portfolio Management: Most insurance professionals begin their careers in this industry in a straightforward way, happening upon an opportunity completely by accident, no matter if the entry is through underwriting, reinsurance or perhaps even probabilistic modeling. Actuaries, who had their well-thought plan firmly before them as the natural outcome from years of exams are the exception.

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