May 1st, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: April 25 — May 1, 2015

Posted at 8:00 AM ET

Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which Is Best for Solvency Capital?: In recent months a number of market commentators have opined on the merits of proportional reinsurance versus subordinated debt (sub debt), some favoring reinsurance solutions and some favoring sub debt, but generally finding results in line with the products their companies offered. Guy Carpenter feels reinsurance or sub debt alone is unlikely to provide the best solution to meet solvency capital requirements. Instead, a blended approach should be considered.

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Guy Carpenter Unveils New Digital Strategy and Innovative Electronic Platform: Guy Carpenter announced a new digital strategy, unveiling an innovative platform - GC Exchange℠ and its unique suite of electronic solutions, including GC MarketPlace℠ and GCReBID℠.

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GC Securities* Catastrophe Bond Update, First Quarter 2015: High-volume maturities coupled with a diverse and steady stream of new issuances created a dynamic market environment in the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter of each year is particularly active in terms of issuance for the property/casualty (P&C) catastrophe bond market, and this characteristic continued into 2015 as USD1.49 billion of 144A P&C catastrophe bond limit was successfully placed with investors, one of the highest first quarter volumes in the history of the 144A marketplace. However, the first quarter also had the highest ever volume of 144A P&C catastrophe bonds maturing, returning USD3.544 billion of principal to investors. As of March 31, 2015, USD20.813 billion of P&C 144A catastrophe bond risk capital was outstanding.

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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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Guy Carpenter Launches New Public Sector Specialty Practice: Guy Carpenter announced the launch of the Public Sector Specialty Practice. This global team is focused exclusively on the unique risk management needs of governmental agencies and entities.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Chart: P&C M&A Activity 2006 to 2015: Chart presents property/casualty (P&C) merger and acquisition (M&A) activity primarily for United States and Bermuda-based companies over the past 10 years. The chart illustrates the number of deals and deal volume over that period.

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