March 27th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: March 21 — 27, 2015

Posted at 8:00 AM ET

GC Strategic Advisory Update: Reinsurers Ratings Challenged with Negative Sector Outlook: The major rating agencies covering the reinsurance sector (A.M. Best, S&P, Moody’s, Fitch) have all voiced concerns with the industry’s ability to adjust to the seemingly overwhelming headwinds currently facing the sector. With A.M. Best recently changing its outlook, the view of the reinsurance sector across the rating agencies is now unanimously negative.

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Public Entities, Insurers of Last Resort and Compulsory Cat Pools and Disaster Facilities: The use of capital markets-based risk transfer capacity by public entities, insurers of last resort, and compulsory catastrophe pools and disaster facilities continues to expand. These deals included Turkey’s Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool, Mexico’s FONDEN and New Zealand’s EQC. Most large U.S. insurers of last resort, such as CEA, Citizens (FL), Citizens (LA), North Carolina Joint Underwriting Association and the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association (NCJUA/NCIUA), and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, are utilizing capital markets capacity including collateralized reinsurance and catastrophe bonds.

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January 1, 2015 Renewals See Lower Pricing and Broader Coverage for Clients: As we approach the April 2015 reinsurance renewal, we look back at the Jan. 1 renewal.

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Modeling Beyond Property CAT Risk: Here we review recent GC Capital Idea stories on catastrophe models that focus on exposures beyond catastrophe property risk.

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Guy Carpenter Launches its Innovative Casualty Catastrophe Model: GC ForCas℠: Guy Carpenter announced the launch of GC ForCas℠, its new data-driven casualty catastrophe model.

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And, You May Have Missed…

2014 Cat Bond Pricing Normalizes in Q4: The continued influx of third party capital from new and existing market participants also favorably impacted insurance-linked securities (ILS) pricing for protection buyers. The continued low interest rate environment encouraged institutional investors (such as pension funds and hedge funds) to seek the higher yields offered by natural cat risk notes. As a result, sponsors took advantage of the opportunity to lock in attractive rate on line and essentially, hedge rate volatility.

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