June 22nd, 2012

Week’s Top Stories: June 16 - 22, 2012

Posted at 10:32 AM ET

Insights in Insurance from Marsh & McLennan:  Here we highlight recent insurance thought leadership from Guy Carpenter’s sister companies.

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Spring Conditions Suggest Tempered Atlantic Hurricane Season:  As the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season kicks off, we present our multi-part review of hurricane forecasts.

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Alternative Risk Transfer:  Here we review GC Capital Ideas’ recent series on alternative risk transfer.

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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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Chart: June 1 Florida Renewal Reinsurer Quoting Behavior:  Analysis of June 1, 2012, leading markets’ quoting behavior reveals a continued shift in the once cohesive view of Florida pricing, reflecting markets’ more precise focus on individual company characteristics and variation in risk measurement as a result of customized use of model output. However, this year’s renewal does not reflect the degree of variation that was evident a year ago when reinsurers had to respond in a very shortened timeframe to conditions impacting their view of risk and capacity deployment tolerance.

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Solvency II: Changing the Game:  Market consensus holds that Solvency II will ultimately benefit reinsurers, as primary insurers faced with higher risk-adjusted capital requirements will turn to the reinsurance market as a relatively inexpensive source of additional capital and risk transfer. This assumption, however, conceals numerous challenges - and several opportunities - that Solvency II presents.

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