March 10th, 2015

Analytics Can Support Capital Modeling and Benchmarking

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas stories on how better analytics can support (re)insurers’ capital modeling and benchmarking.

1. A.M. Best’s New Analytics Will Broaden and Improve P&C Industry Capital Modeling and Benchmarking of Tolerances: A.M. Best’s rating analytics continue to evolve and the pace of change is accelerating as the industry embraces more analytical tools, emerging best practices, and peer benchmarking. The rating agency is placing greater emphasis on risk-based analytics in its ratings process and will increasingly focus on management’s ability to execute its business plans and reasonably deliver on its financial projections. 

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2. New Solutions Help Mutual Insurers Face Market Challenges: Mutual insurance companies of all sizes currently face challenging market conditions where success requires not only focused distribution and operational excellence, but also access to increasingly sophisticated analytics services and products. How these firms use their resources and advanced technology to respond to these issues will separate market outperformers from underperformers. 

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3. Managing Reserve Risk: Given that the leading cause of financial impairment of insurance companies is inadequate reserves and our view that a reserve “cycle” not only exists but may soon enter a period of adverse development, Guy Carpenter has spent considerable resources researching and building models to better understand and manage reserve risk.

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