October 5th, 2012

Week’s Top Stories: September 29 - October 5, 2012

Posted at 10:05 AM ET

Catastrophe Activity: Increasing Cold Spots: In addition to the challenging macroeconomic environment, the sector has had to contend with heavy catastrophe losses over the last few years, particularly in areas not previously considered peak risks. Since 2010, (re)insurers have been hit by powerful earthquakes in Chile and New Zealand and devastating floods in Thailand and Australia. The result has been unexpectedly expensive “cold spot” losses at a time of increased insurance demand in regions such as emerging Asia and Latin America.

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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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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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Chart: U.S. Property Catastrophe Rate on Line Index: Based on early calculations at July 1, overall property catastrophe pricing for 2012 as compared to 2011 was up 6.5 percent.

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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.

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Catastrophe Bonds: 2011 Review - Issuance Composition: Over the course of 2011, 14 sponsors brought 18 transactions to the 144A market. In terms of transaction count, this places 2011 equal to 2009 as the second most active year in the history of the market. The 2011 sponsor class also included three first-time sponsors and the inaugural securitization of California state workers compensation losses associated with California earthquake events.

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