Archive for June, 2015



June 30th, 2015

Guy Carpenter Names Tim Gardner CEO of U.S. Operations

Posted at 10:45 PM ET

Guy Carpenter today announced the appointment of Tim Gardner as CEO of U.S. Operations effective August 1, 2015. Mr. Gardner will be a member of the Guy Carpenter Board of Managers and he will be based in New York.

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June 30th, 2015

Private Catastrophe Bond Market, Q1 2015

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The private catastrophe bond market continues to grow steadily in 2015, with USD196.7 million of limit placed in rule 4(2) private placement format via six transactions through March 31, 2015. The 2015 year-to-date volume (through March 31, 2015) has exceeded the total full-year issuance in the individual years 2011, 2012 and 2013. Total year-end issuance in 2014 was USD561.5 million across 17 transactions. As the industry continues to develop and enhance platforms to facilitate issuance of smaller catastrophe bonds, it is likely the market will continue to see further issuance in such a format over 2015.

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June 29th, 2015

First Time Cat Bond Issuers, Q1 2015

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

In a promising sign for the 144A P&C catastrophe bond market, one new issuer successfully obtained capital markets protection during the first quarter. Safepoint Insurance Company, seeking to establish long-term relationships with alternative capital providers, issued USD100 million of Principal At-Risk Variable Rate Notes via a newly established catastrophe bond shelf program, Manatee Re Ltd. Series 2015-1. As the deal upsized from USD75 million, the insurance-linked securities investor base accommodated the growing Florida insurer, clearly demonstrating investors’ willingness to assume risk from start-up and/or growing insurance companies seeking protection in 144A bond format.

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June 26th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: June 20 — 26, 2015

Posted at 7:00 AM ET

Evolving Role of Reinsurance in Public Sector Risk: Here we review the evolving role of reinsurance in mitigating public sector risk through the expanding deployment of reinsurance and capital market solutions.

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Guy Carpenter Releases 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Briefing: Guy Carpenter released a briefing on the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. According to the report, hurricane activity for the Atlantic Basin is projected to be below average for the 2015 season although impactful landfalls can occur in any hurricane season, even those of reduced activity.

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Microinsurance Consortium and Venture Incubator Announces New Name: The Microinsurance Consortium, led by a group of leading companies in the insurance industry, announced a new name for their microinsurance venture incubator (MVI) - Blue Marble Microinsurance. The consortium consists of American International Group, Inc., Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC together with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd., Old Mutual plc, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company, XL Catlin, and Zurich Insurance Group.

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Chart: Q1 Cat Bond Issuance Reaches Historic Volume: Chart presents the 144A P&C catastrophe bond issuance from 1998 through the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter is particularly active in terms of issuance for the P&C cat bond market and this characteristic continued into 2015 as USD1.49 billion of 144A P&C cat bond limit was successfully placed with investors, the highest first quarter volume in history.

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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 Announces MetaRisk® 8: Guy Carpenter announced the release of MetaRisk® 8, the latest version of the firm’s premier risk and capital management decision-making tool.

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Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

June 25th, 2015

Repeat Cat Bond Issuers, Q1 2015

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Six repeat sponsors re-entered the market in the three months ending March 31, each issuing either replacement coverage or additional limit in advance of the North Atlantic wind season. Many of the repeat sponsors sought to continue to take advantage of attractive pricing as demonstrated by Catlin’s Galileo Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes. This particular transaction was Catlin’s second catastrophe bond issuance through the Galileo Re Ltd. catastrophe bond facility and fifth overall 144A catastrophe bond issuance, with the 2015-1 tranche sitting below the outstanding Series 2013-1 layer. The 2015-1 Notes demonstrate that investors continue to show an interest in high risk/higher yielding products as the initial risk interest spread on the Galileo Re Series 2015-1 Notes is 13.50 percent with a modeled annual expected loss of 8.60 percent on a sensitivity basis - based on AIR risk analysis.

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June 24th, 2015

Guy Carpenter Announces MetaRisk® 8

Posted at 10:45 PM ET

Guy Carpenter today announced the release of MetaRisk® 8, the latest version of the firm’s premier risk and capital management decision-making tool.

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June 24th, 2015

Chart: Q1 Cat Bond Issuance Reaches Historic Volume

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Chart presents the 144A P&C catastrophe bond issuance from 1998 through the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter is particularly active in terms of issuance for the P&C cat bond market and this characteristic continued into 2015 as USD1.49 billion of 144A P&C cat bond limit was successfully placed with investors, the highest first quarter volume in history.

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June 22nd, 2015

Guy Carpenter Releases 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Briefing

Posted at 10:49 PM ET

Guy Carpenter today released a briefing on the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. According to the report, hurricane activity for the Atlantic Basin is projected to be below average for the 2015 season although impactful landfalls can occur in any hurricane season, even those of reduced activity.

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June 22nd, 2015

Evolving Role of Reinsurance in Public Sector Risk

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review the evolving role of reinsurance in mitigating public sector risk through the expanding deployment of reinsurance and capital market solutions: 

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June 19th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: June 13 — 19, 2015

Posted at 7:00 AM ET

Microinsurance Consortium and Venture Incubator Announces New Name: The Microinsurance Consortium, led by a group of leading companies in the insurance industry, announced a new name for their microinsurance venture incubator (MVI) - Blue Marble Microinsurance. The consortium consists of American International Group, Inc., Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC together with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd., Old Mutual plc, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company, XL Catlin, and Zurich Insurance Group.

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Cyber-attacks: Mounting Concerns: Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas stories on mounting concerns over cyber-attacks.

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Cat Bond Update: Q1 2015 - Issuance Reaches Historic Volume: GC Securities’* briefing, “Catastrophe Bond Update: First Quarter 2015″ is now available.

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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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Parametric CAT Derivatives to “Build Back Better”: Destruction caused by catastrophes often unfolds due to inadequate construction practices or land use planning. The likely response to these events is to strive to “build back better,” in part by addressing the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, communities that embrace this challenge often find that they lack the financial resources for it and ambitious reconstruction projects lose momentum.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Tropical Storm Bill: Tropical Storm Bill made landfall at about 11:45 CDT (16:45 UTC) on Matagorda Island, Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 60 mph according to the NHC. Bill inflicted storm force winds, a storm surge of at least three feet and heavy rainfall to an area still saturated from the excessive rains of last month.

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*Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.