January 25th, 2013

Week’s Top Stories: January 19 - 25, 2013

Posted at 12:46 PM ET

Chart: Global Significant Insured Losses, 2011 to Q4 2012: 2012 insured losses in aggregate were “normal.”

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Chart: Long-Term Evolution of Shareholders’ Funds, 1998 to Q3 2012: Dedicated reinsurance capital was at a record high immediately prior to Superstorm Sandy.

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Chart: U.S. and Bermuda Property-Casualty M&A Activity, 2004 to 2012: For the property and casualty sector, market consolidation was at the periphery.

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January 1, 2013 Renewals Bring Stable Reinsurance Pricing: Guy Carpenter reports that the reinsurance sector enters 2013 equipped with ample dedicated capital and stable pricing. In its 2013 global renewal report, The Route to Profitable Growth, Guy Carpenter finds that the January 1, 2013, renewals took place against a stable backdrop, with only loss-affected lines and select regions experiencing price volatility. The market was supported by a combination of factors including lower than normal catastrophe losses during the first nine months of 2012, new reinsurance capacity and record-high levels of capital.

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Terrorism Risks: Guy Carpenter Solutions: Guy Carpenter offers a comprehensive suite of tools to help clients manage their terrorism risks. i-aXs®, our web-based data management platform, allows insurers to quantify their exposure to a potential terrorist attack and highlight concentrated areas in their portfolio. Managing exposure to terrorism loss is an integral function within i-aXs, with several different tools on offer to help insurers assess their largest levels of accumulation.

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GC Videocast - Risk Tolerance Influences Economic Capital (Joan Lamm-Tennant) Guy Carpenter’s Global Chief Economist Joan Lamm-Tennant describes how economic capital is a function of the risk profile that comes from simulation-based models, but it also requires knowing the company’s risk tolerance. She reviews how hedging frees up the need for economic capital and reduces volatility.

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