February 13th, 2013

Convergence Trends

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we present recent GC Capital Ideas stories that have discussed the concept of the convergence of traditional and non-traditional sources of capital.

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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GC Videocast - Rendez-Vous Press Briefing 2012 (David Priebe) Capital Markets Expansion:  David Priebe, Vice Chairman, Guy Carpenter, comments on the continuing expansion of the capital markets in the reinsurance arena. He said: “We have been talking for a long time about the convergence of the capital markets. But I believe the reinsurance market has come of age and that the old distinction of traditional and non-traditional sources of capital is redundant. The market has converged.”

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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 & Company addressed the challenging market conditions currently facing the re/insurance industry and highlighted opportunities for growth.

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Catastrophe Bonds: 2011 Review - Market Dynamics, Outlook: Though primary issuance is likely to be down relative to 2010, 2011 stands as one of the most active, innovative and robust years in the convergence market’s history. Catastrophe loss activity was significant. For the year, current estimates suggest as much as USD100 billion of global insured catastrophe related losses, making 2011 one of the costliest years on record. Notably, 70 percent of this total is associated with catastrophe events outside of the United States.

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