August 30th, 2013

Week’s Top Stories: August 24 - 30, 2013

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Chart: Return on Equity Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, H1 2013: Presents return on equity for the Global, European and Bermuda Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composites.

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Chart: Combined Ratio, Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, H1 2013: Presents combined ratio for the Global, European and Bermuda Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composites.

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Chart: Source of Earnings, Guy Carpenter Composite, H1 2013: The chart below tracks source of earnings from first half 2012 to first half 2013 of the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite.

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July 1 Renewals Indicate Downward Pressure on Reinsurance Rates Likely to Continue through 2013: Guy Carpenter reports that reinsurance market rates on line (ROLs) continued to be driven by an influx of capital from third-party investors at the July 1 renewals, in spite of catastrophe losses reaching approximately USD20 billion during the first six months of 2013 (above the ten-year average for the period). In a briefing released today, Guy Carpenter comments that robust catastrophe bond, sidecar and collateralized reinsurance activity throughout the year has for the first time pushed pricing in the capital markets to “decouple” or breakaway from levels set by the traditional market. This has in turn prompted downward pressure on overall traditional market pricing.

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Chart: Evolution of Shareholders’ Funds for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite: The Growth in the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite is illustrated below, covering 2012 to first half 2013.

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Chart: Alternative Capacity as a Percentage of Global Property Catastrophe Reinsurance Limit: The increasing influence of alternative capacity is demonstrated by the chart below, which shows the growth of convergence capacity as a percentage of global property catastrophe limit from 2008 to 2013 (projected).

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