September 11th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: September 5 - 11, 2015

Posted at 7:00 AM ET

Port of Tianjin Explosions Set to Become One of Asia’s Largest Insured Man-Made Loss Events: Potential Losses Between USD 1.6 Billion to USD 3.3 Billion: Guy Carpenter released a report on the Port of Tianjin Explosions. The report provides initial loss estimates and outlines the many variables involved in assessing the losses emanating from the two massive initial explosions that occurred at Tianjin Port on August 12 of this year.

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The Proliferation of Mergers & Acquisitions in Specialty Markets: New capital inflows, excess capacity and few catastrophe losses have contributed to falling reinsurance prices and a challenging environment for specialty insurers and reinsurers. These factors have driven predictions of a forthcoming wave of market consolidation, which appeared to become a reality in late 2014 and 2015 when a series of rumors and announcements related to a number of large (re)insurers grabbed headlines.

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Dedicated Reinsurance Capital Estimate at July 1, 2015: Guy Carpenter’s estimate of dedicated reinsurance sector capital as of July 1, 2015 was again produced through our work with A.M. Best. Our estimate is not a simple aggregation of the capital of all companies that write reinsurance since some capital is allocated to the insurance business or other outside interests. In fact, we have seen increased evidence that some companies are shifting capital toward insurance lines and away from reinsurance lines based on the current rate environment. A.M. Best and Guy Carpenter have estimated the amount of capital dedicated to writing reinsurance by reviewing A.M. Best’s proprietary capital model (BCAR) results as well as line of business allocations. Our current estimate of total capital dedicated to reinsurance is approximately USD 400 billion of which the convergence capital, including catastrophe bonds, industry loss warranties (ILWs), collateralized reinsurance and sidecars is USD 66 billion.

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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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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…

PA/MGA Program Business Market Challenges: The challenge of balancing profitability with market share continues for carriers writing PA/MGA program business. This market dynamic was reflected in the level of responses for maintaining rate level (56 percent) and new business production (50 percent) as the largest challenges.

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