September 14th, 2012

Week’s Top Stories: September 8 - 14, 2012

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Guy Carpenter Explores Opportunities in a Challenging Market At Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous 2012: In its fifth annual press briefing held at the Reinsurance Rendez-Vous 2012 in Monte Carlo, Guy Carpenter addressed the challenging market conditions currently facing the (re)insurance industry and highlighted opportunities for growth.

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Guy Carpenter Details Top Risks for (Re)Insurance Industry in Mid-Year Market Report: Guy Carpenter released its mid-year market report, which addresses the top risks (re)insurers face as they seek profitable growth. The report, Overcoming Key Risks on the Road to Profitable Growth, provides a detailed analysis of three key risks to the sector: economic uncertainty and emerging interest rate sensitivity, the shifting nature of catastrophe losses and reserving risk.

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“Cold Spot” Catastrophe Losses Reveal Potential Emerging Market Risks, According to Guy Carpenter Report: Guy Carpenter published a new report that offers insight into catastrophe risks in developing economies and how they are likely to affect the (re)insurance sector as companies target growth opportunities in these new markets, including emerging Asia and Latin America. According to Cold Spots Heating Up: The Impact of Insured Catastrophe Losses in New Growth Markets, growth opportunities in emerging economies pose a unique set of challenges to (re)insurers.

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Adapting to an Evolving Market of More Permanent Capital Market Capacity: A new capital management paradigm is challenging the traditional reinsurance model. Historically, significant market losses from major catastrophic events and low investment yields were a catalyst for an improved rate environment.

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Making Models More Responsive: The Framework: Many insurance executives will have seen their companies incur high costs preparing for Solvency II, in particular for actuarial staff resources that build internal models. But are they seeing a good return on this investment?

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MetaRisk® ReserveTM: How to Get Ahead of the Reserving Cycle: The impact of claims inflation on eroding returns is among the most vexing challenges that insurers face. Getting ahead of the reserving cycle would be a significant competitive advantage, but many carriers do not have the right tools at their disposal. As a result, the ability to hit target return on equity levels is put at risk, and firm value hangs in the balance.

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