September 28th, 2012

Week’s Top Stories: September 22 - 28, 2012

Posted at 9:45 AM ET

Navigating the Risks: Executive Summary: Guy Carpenter is pleased to present our mid-year report on the global insurance and reinsurance sector, Overcoming Key Risks on the Road to Profitable Growth. In this report we outline 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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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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Capital Development at Lloyds: The chain of security at Lloyd’s describes the three layers of capital that Lloyd’s uses to pay claims.

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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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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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Catastrophe Bonds* at July 1, 2012: Catastrophe bonds continue to play an increasingly important role in the property catastrophe risk transfer market with particularly robust issuance levels. During the first six months of 2012, 15 transactions came to market, totaling USD3.4 billion of risk principal. In terms of risk principal, this is a 113 percent increase relative to the first half of 2011. Risk principal outstanding now stands at USD13.5 billion, within striking distance of the high water mark of USD14 billion established in 2007 after the post-Katrina-Rita-Wilma issuance surge.

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