April 29th, 2011

Week’s Top Stories: April 23 - 29, 2011

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Top Stories: First Quarter 2011

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Global Reinsurance Outlook: Points of Inflection, Positioning for Change in a Challenging Market: Executive Summary:  Early predictions that January 1, 2011 reinsurance renewal rates were likely to fall have been proven correct. The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) Index lost 7.5 percent - the second consecutive annual decline. Contributing to this move has been a combination of factors, including moderate loss activity and abundant levels of industry surplus.

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Chart: Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, Change in Equity, Year-End 2010

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Chart: Guy Carpenter European Reinsurance Composite, Return on Revenue, Year-End 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 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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Change and Consistency; Guy Carpenter Specialty Insurance Program Issuing Carrier Survey:  Little has changed at the core of the Program Administrators and Managing General Agents (MGA/PA) market from last year, though there has been activity in targeted areas. In general, the MGA/PA space has shown progress in recovering from the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, indicating resilience, consistency and strength. Yet, over the past five years, since Guy Carpenter & Company began tracking the MGA/PA market, there have been some significant shifts, showing that the market has matured.

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