September 9th, 2011

Week’s Top Stories: Sept. 3 - 9, 2011

Posted at 1:00 PM ET

Chart: Property & Casualty M&A Activity 2003 to Present

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Update: Hurricane Katia:  Katia became the second hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season yesterday when it reached category 1 status. Katia has since weakened back to a tropical storm as it encounters less favorable conditions. The storm currently packs sustained winds of around 70 mph (110 kmph), equivalent to a strong tropical storm, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

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Top GC Capital Ideas Stories on Modeling:  We present a review of the top stories covering models and modeling that have appeared on GC Capital Ideas in the last six months.

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Chart: Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line Index: 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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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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Microinsurance and Haiti: The Theoretical Becomes Real: Microinsurance is often touted as an important potential new revenue stream for insurers operating in developed markets, as well as the foundation for outsized growth in emerging economies. Yet with few tangible examples of the effectiveness of microinsurance, such prospects tend to remain relegated to the realm of the “potential.” A recent catastrophe in Haiti signals that change may be afoot, however, as microinsurance payouts work to help borrowers recover from loss more quickly.

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