July 27th, 2012

Week’s Top Stories: July 21 - 27, 2012

Posted at 10:30 AM ET

July 1 Reinsurance Renewals Reveal Plentiful Capacity amid Benign Catastrophe Activity, According to Guy Carpenter: Reinsurance renewals took place against a backdrop of plentiful capacity at July 1, 2012. Capital has continued to strengthen through the second quarter of 2012, moderating pricing pressures, according to a briefing released today by Guy Carpenter.

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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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Indexation Clauses in Liability Reinsurance Treaties: A Comparison Across Europe: The Indexation Clause - otherwise referred to as the Stability Clause, Inflation Clause, or Severe Inflation Clause (SIC) - is designed to maintain the real monetary value of the retention and (where applicable) the limit under a long-tail excess of loss (XL) reinsurance treaty over the duration of the claims payout pattern. The clause is only relevant to losses that are of a long-tail nature (i.e., that take a long time to become paid) and is commonly found in the terms and conditions of Motor Liability (MTPL), General Liability (GTPL), and Professional Liability TPL XL reinsurance contracts of European cedents.

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Standard & Poor’s Proposed Insurance Rating Criteria Update: On July 9, 2012, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) issued a Request for Comment on proposed changes to its criteria for rating insurance companies globally. Although S&P expects the overall impact on global ratings to be modest, the proposed changes are significant and may adversely affect individual rated (re)insurers. The new criteria are expected to be published in late 2012 or early 2013.

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Top Solvency II Stories in GC Capital Ideas:  Here we highlight GC Capital Ideas’ recent top stories covering the evolving Solvency II capital requirements regime.

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Industry Issues and Trends: Terrorism Insurance: Costs Decrease as Insurance Increases: The perception of an elevated potential for terror attacks remains high. Meanwhile security breaches via WikiLeaks are providing a roadmap to crucial sites exposed to terrorism. The risk of terrorism remains a critical challenge for companies and for the broader population. The attempted attacks on Times Square in New York in May 2010 and the Detroit-bound flight on Christmas 2009 are reminders of the ongoing risk.

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