November 25th, 2011

Week’s Top Stories: November 19 - 25, 2011

Posted at 10:26 AM ET

Chart: Historical Capital Levels of Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite: The chart below shows historical capital levels for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite beginning in 1998. From a pricing perspective, rates tend to rise when capital levels in the sector tighten. Conversely, reinsurance rates on line often fall when capital levels are above trend. The decline in capital growth witnessed so far this year goes some way towards explaining the building pricing pressures seen in property catastrophe lines.

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Review of Top Reinsurance Renewals Stories in 2011: As 2011 winds down and we head into the January 2012 renewals, here we offer a retrospective of the top GC Capital Ideas stories of 2011 covering the year’s renewals.

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Third Quarter 2011: Update on Property/Casualty M&A Activity: During the third quarter 2011, financial market volatility and a difficult operating environment continued to stifle, but not completely hinder, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for property/casualty (P&C) risk-bearing entities. During the quarter, the most significant activity was in the form of deals announced, as opposed to transactions closing.

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Update: Floods in Thailand: Thailand has experienced its worst flooding in years over the last few months, leaving more than 420 people dead and causing severe damage across northern and central regions of the country. The floods have severely damaged and disrupted manufacturing operations in Thailand. Flooding has forced at least seven huge industrial estates in central regions to close, prompting the Federation of Thai Industries to warn that damage to the industrial sector will be in the billions of dollars.

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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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Uncover and Mitigate Product Liability Risk: Avert a Casualty Catastrophe: Danger routinely enters product supply chains. An error at a plant or even a flawed product design could lead to extensive economic damage. While the direct cost of these events comes to mind first, few grasp the full extent of product liability insurance exposure. The integrated business relationships required to bring a product to market mean that one event could trigger a “casualty catastrophe” that sweeps up component manufacturers and distributors - and their insurers.

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