May 4th, 2012

Week’s Top Stories: April 28 - May 4, 2012

Posted at 10:42 AM ET

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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Reinsurance Rates Rise at April 1, 2012 Renewals: Reinsurance rates rose as the market continues to work through the impact of the events of 2011, according to Guy Carpenter. In a briefing released today, Guy Carpenter reports that this year’s April 1 renewals are continuing the general trends observed at January 1, 2012.

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European Countries Face Continued Challenges Adapting Local Legislation to EU Legal Requirements: Guy Carpenter published its semiannual report on key legislative developments in Europe affecting liability insurers and reinsurers. A number of these developments underscore the challenges in adapting local legislation and jurisprudence to European Union (EU) and international law.

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Spatial and Temporal Earthquake Clustering - Earthquake Aftershocks: EQECAT Perspective: EQECAT recently released a white paper examining earthquake clustering in the context of seismic hazard and loss assessment. The paper, Spatial and Temporal Earthquake Clustering: Part 2 - Earthquake Aftershocks, is EQECAT’s second in a three-part series about spatial and temporal earthquake clustering. This briefing presents a summary of the paper.

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What to Watch in 2012: 2012 will undoubtedly be a challenging year, but Guy Carpenter believes that growth opportunities exist - or can be created - for companies that have the fortitude to see and develop them. Below we examine 10 major themes that the (re)insurance sector will face in 2012.

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The Microfinance Market Today: The groundbreaking efforts by pioneers in the microfinance industry have already begun to yield substantial returns. Today, more than 150 million people worldwide have access to microcredit, the industry’s flagship product - roughly equivalent to half the population of the United States. From the perspective of microfinance institutions (MFIs), this growing market has been successful, as well.

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