February 20th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: February 14 — 20, 2015

Posted at 8:00 AM ET

Guy Carpenter Appoints Matthew Eagle as Head of International Analytics: Guy Carpenter announced the appointment of Matthew Eagle as Managing Director and Head of International Analytics for Guy Carpenter.

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Catastrophe Bond Update: Q4 2014 - Issuance Reaches Industry Full Year Record: After one of the slowest third quarters to date for 144A property and casualty (P&C) catastrophe bond issuance, the fourth quarter saw a flurry of activity that resulted in full year 144A P&C cat bond issuance exceeding USD8 billion - an industry record. Total risk capital outstanding as of December 31, 2014 equaled USD22.868 billion, the highest level of outstanding risk capital the market has ever supported.

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Chart: Top Ten Catastrophe Bond Transactions for 2014: The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2014.

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January 1, 2015 Renewals See Lower Pricing and Broader Coverage for Clients: Guy Carpenter reports reinsurance pricing fell at the January 1, 2015 renewals in many segments, affecting almost all lines of business and geographies, continuing recent renewal trends.

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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…

GC Videocast - Managing Volatility by Breaking Down Silos: In the third video of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series, Andrew Cox, Capital Optimization, Guy Carpenter, and Niall Clifford, Financial Strategy Group, Mercer, give their overview on how increasing investment risk can introduce capital and earnings volatility.

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