May 15th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: May 9 — 15, 2015

Posted at 7:00 AM ET

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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Guy Carpenter Appoints Former New York State Superintendent of Insurance James Wrynn as Vice Chairman of US Strategic Advisory: Guy Carpenter announced the appointment of former New York State Superintendent of Insurance James J. Wrynn as Vice Chairman of US Strategic Advisory and a Managing Director. Mr. Wrynn reports to Andrew Marcell, CEO of US Operations, Guy Carpenter, effective, May 11.

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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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Impact of Insurance Market Cycles on Insurers’ Reserves: Here we review GC Capital Ideas stories on the impact of insurance market cycles on insurers’ reserves.

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Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which is Best for Solvency Capital?: Here we review how a holistic approach to managing solvency capital requirements can benefit insurers’ bottom line.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Cat Bonds: 2015 Trends: Pricing levels for first quarter 2015 deals will be influenced by the number of bonds maturing during the period. January alone will see USD2.3 billion of principal returned to investors as ten transactions have or are set to mature (absent any triggering event). Additionally, another USD1.24 billion of capital will be returned to investors in February and March, taking the total notional value of first quarter 2015 maturities to USD3.54 billion. Such maturities in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space in the first half of 2015, which has the highest percentage of outstanding cat bonds as of the end of the preceding year since 2011, is expected to provide further pressure to lower ILS pricing.

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