Archive for May, 2015



May 29th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: May 23 — 29, 2015

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Benchmarks for Enterprise Risk Management Disclosures: Here we present GC Capital Ideas’ stories on analyses of enterprise risk management disclosures. A 2014 study updated the analysis done in 2009, one of our most popular stories. The full briefings are attached.

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Chart: Combined Ratio For Guy Carpenter Composite, YE 2014: Chart presents combined ratio for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2004 through year end 2014.

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U.S. Texas and Oklahoma Flooding: Organized thunderstorm clusters produced excessive rainfall over the Memorial Day Weekend, triggering extreme flooding in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. In Houston, Texas, 11 inches of rainfall was unofficially reported between 9 p.m. CDT Monday through 3 a.m. CDT Tuesday. Austin, Texas also experienced seven inches of rainfall.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Emerging Risk Challenges And Opportunities: A cursory reading of just a few of the publications on the topic of emerging risks quickly resembles a crash-course in risk aversion therapy. We have been subjected to a bewildering and ever lengthening series of lists of emerging risks. Swiss Re recently identified 26 such risks, Hannover Re has an ongoing list of 14 while the World Economic Forum in its Global Risks 2014 lists 31 global risks.

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And, You May Have Missed…

GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Pelican III Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes for Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of the Series 2015-1 Notes, with notional principal at $100,000,000, through a newly formed Bermuda domiciled catastrophe bond shelf program, Pelican III Re Ltd., to benefit Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (”LA Citizens”). This is the third time that LA Citizens has utilized the cat bond market to manage its tropical cyclone risks.

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May 28th, 2015

Chart: Return On Revenue For Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, YE 2014

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Chart presents return on revenue for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2004 through year end 2014.

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May 27th, 2015

GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Pelican III Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes for Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation

Posted at 10:15 PM ET

GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of the Series 2015-1 Notes, with notional principal at $100,000,000, through a newly formed Bermuda domiciled catastrophe bond shelf program, Pelican III Re Ltd., to benefit Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (”LA Citizens”). This is the third time that LA Citizens has utilized the cat bond market to manage its tropical cyclone risks.

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May 27th, 2015

U.S. Texas and Oklahoma Flooding

Posted at 2:53 PM ET

tx-ok-52715-a-smOrganized thunderstorm clusters produced excessive rainfall over the Memorial Day Weekend, triggering extreme flooding in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. In Houston, Texas, 11 inches of rainfall was unofficially reported between 9 p.m. CDT Monday through 3 a.m. CDT Tuesday. Austin, Texas also experienced seven inches of rainfall.

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May 27th, 2015

Chart: Combined Ratio For Guy Carpenter Composite, YE 2014

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Chart presents combined ratio for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2004 through year end 2014.

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May 26th, 2015

Benchmarks for Enterprise Risk Management Disclosures

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we present GC Capital Ideas’ stories on analyses of enterprise risk management disclosures. A 2014 study updated the analysis done in 2009, one of our most popular stories. The full briefings are attached.

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May 25th, 2015

GC Capital Tip: Tagging

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Every article on GC Capital Ideas is “tagged.” Tags are nothing more than keywords used to label a particular article. Since few stories deal with only one topic, tags give you several ways to find the information you need. To see an article on a specific subject, just click a tag at the end of an article. Examples include reinsurance rates, casualty, and catastrophe. Within each article, key terms are set up as links to tags, as well. Clicking one of these links (see the examples in the previous sentence) is the same as clicking a tag. It shows you all stories related to that keyword.  

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May 25th, 2015

GC Capital Tip: Talk to the Author

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Do you have a question about one of our articles? If so, contact us. Longer articles on GC Capital Ideas have a “contact” link right at the top. Clicking it will open your e-mail program and provide the appropriate address and subject line, so we can route your inquiry to the best source. If the e-mail software you use is not configured for this, e-mail us at: guy_carpenter@guycarp.com

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May 22nd, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: May 16 — 22, 2015

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Emerging Risk Challenges And Opportunities: A cursory reading of just a few of the publications on the topic of emerging risks quickly resembles a crash-course in risk aversion therapy. We have been subjected to a bewildering and ever lengthening series of lists of emerging risks. Swiss Re recently identified 26 such risks, Hannover Re has an ongoing list of 14 while the World Economic Forum in its Global Risks 2014 lists 31 global risks.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Approach of Atlantic Hurricane Season: As we approach the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we review CAT-i stories covering the major storms from 2014.

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GC Capital Ideas Videocasts: A key feature of GC Capital Ideas is its Videocast series. Here we review recent video posts.

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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…

Notable Insured Global Losses in 2014: Notable insured losses in 2014 included the February snowstorms in Japan, frequent winter storms affecting Europe, flooding in the United Kingdom and a cold, stormy winter in the eastern half of North America. The arrival of spring in the second quarter produced several severe convective outbreaks in the United States and hail and windstorm Ela in Europe. A busy East-Pacific hurricane season brought Hurricane Odile to the Baja Peninsula. In the West Pacific, Typhoon Rammasun affected China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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May 21st, 2015

GC Capital Tip: Chart Room

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why GC Capital Ideas has the Chart Room. If you want to get a quick sense of important industry trends, the Chart Room provides snapshots of everything from catastrophe bonds to the Guy Carpenter World Rate on Line Index. We encourage you to use these charts in your presentations, along with the proper attribution.

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