March 22nd, 2013

Week’s Top Stories: March 16 - 22, 2013

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

Japan Values Long-Term Continuity: As in every past year, Japanese (re)insurers look to the January 1, 2013, reinsurance renewal for guidance as to the likely state of the market for their renewals at April 1. This year they will have been encouraged with a market characterized by excess capital, overcapacity and easing prices for loss-free business. This scenario is evidenced by the Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Reinsurance Rate on Line index, which fell at renewal, albeit marginally.

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Extension of Guy Carpenter’s Asia Flood Model to China: Floods are among the most destructive hazards and as more people move to urban areas, flooding is having a growing impact on larger populations and economic losses.

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Marsh United States Insurance Market Report 2013: Guy Carpenter sister company Marsh’s 2013 United States Insurance Report reveals that although U.S. commercial insurance rates are expected to continue firming in many lines of business and industry sectors in 2013, traditional signs of a conventional hard market are not evident as price increases are not uniform, capacity is plentiful and competition among insurers remains intense.

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Andrew Cox, Guy Carpenter’s Head of Advisory, EMEA: Here we highlight recent GC Capital Ideas stories authored by Andrew Cox, Head of Advisory, EMEA, at Guy Carpenter.

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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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Solvency II on GC Capital Ideas: Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas stories that have touched on issues relating to the Solvency II regime.

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