December 27th, 2010

Top Casualty Cat Stories: 2010

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here are the top ranked GCCapitalIdeas stories covering Casualty Catastrophe that appeared in 2010.

Casualty Catastrophe Implications of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Release Disaster: There has been no shortage of media coverage and discussion of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and attendant insurance implications. The media has reported up to 300 lawsuits filed against BP and other defendants involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil release disaster.

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Guy Carpenter’s CasCat® Named “Insurance Initiative of the Year”: Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC announced that its CasCat® model has been named “Insurance Initiative of the Year” at the Insurance Day 2010 London Market Awards. The annual awards, presented December 2 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, are selected by a distinguished panel of independent judges and recognize outstanding work in the London (re)insurance market.

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Modeling Capabilities in Europe: Insurance-related catastrophe modeling has undergone a constant evolutionary drive for the past 25 years. The impetus behind the development of cat models began with the realization that large-scale events needed tracking to provide better means of managing insurance exposures to natural disasters.

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Modeling the Impact of a Casualty Catastrophe: Look no further than today’s headlines to see how a single catastrophic event or lawsuit can have far-reaching effects. Over the past few years, several incidents, seemingly isolated, have ballooned into cross-border, cross-industry and cross-business line catastrophes. Chain reactions of liability - such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the Chinese Drywall product recall - have led insurers to ask: How do I assess the impact of a major legal liability catastrophe on my portfolio? And it’s not just the industry waiting for an answer: stockholders, analysts, rating agencies and regulators are listening, too.

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Guy Carpenter Earns Top Honors at Worldwide Reinsurance Awards: Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, the leading global risk and reinsurance specialist and part of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, was honored with two major accolades at The Review magazine’s prestigious Worldwide Reinsurance Awards 2010. For the fourth consecutive year, Guy Carpenter won the award for “Reinsurance Broking Team of the Year” as well as the coveted “Re/Insurance Initiative of the Year” award for developing CasCat®, the insurance industry’s first casualty catastrophe model.

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(Re)Insurance Innovation: Committing to the Leading Edge, Part III: Get in the Game Early: Those who invest in and prioritize research and development - and introduce new tools and ideas - benefit from more than just the prestige of being first. Early movers define the standard to which others will have to adapt later. They shape the development of innovation, and thus its evolution, as it moves from a radically new idea to an accepted marketplace practice. In possessing this control, they hold the upper hand over their competitors, which become weighted with the burdens of the catch-up clamor.

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