December 19th, 2014

Week’s Top Stories: December 13 — 19, 2014

Posted at 8:00 AM ET

Reserving Risks: The previous sections suggested how “dark matter” can be lurking on an insurer’s balance sheets in the form of a casualty catastrophe or an emerging and not as yet fully understood risk such as cyber. While there have been significant advances in quantifying the uncertainty pertaining to these risks, it is worth considering how they may manifest themselves in the future and what can be done about them now to protect from the “dark matter” downside.

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Guy Carpenter Launches MetaRisk® ReserveTM 4.0: Guy Carpenter announced the launch of MetaRisk Reserve 4.0TM. The latest version of this powerful reserve risk modeling tool delivers improved statistical models and an enhanced user interface.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line index is presented for 1990 through 2014.  The index fell by 11 percent at January 1, 2014.

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Cyber-attacks and Terrorism Revealed as Top Emerging Risks for 2015, According to Annual Guy Carpenter Survey: Cyber-attacks and terrorism are ranked among the top emerging risks concerning the (re)insurance industry in the year ahead, according to a survey released by Guy Carpenter. According to the findings, new products, expansion into new geographic markets and access to new distribution channels will be the primary drivers of profitable growth in 2015.

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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 (ERM) 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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And, You May Have Missed…

Cyber Insurance Coverage: Limits: Average limits purchased by companies with revenues exceeding USD1 billion rose 10 percent in 2013 to USD28.2 million from USD25.7 million in 2012. For companies of this size, financial institutions purchased the highest average limits at USD53.2 million, which represented a 9 percent increase from 2012. These average limits do not reflect the limits purchased by companies that blend cyber with the limits they purchase for errors and omissions (E&O) or bond. Since December 2013, there has been a stronger desire to obtain much higher limits than those purchased earlier in 2013. That trend is expected to continue.

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