October 1st, 2015

GC Capital Ideas Top Stories: September, 2015

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

1. 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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2. Guy Carpenter Examines Emerging Risks Impacting the (Re)insurance Industry: Guy Carpenter published a new report, A Clearer View of Emerging Risks, which examines four key areas where risks continue to emerge or are largely unknown.

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3. 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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4. Solvency II Horizon: Challenges and Strategic Impact: After a long period of discussion and many delays, the new European insurance regulatory regime, Solvency II, will commence in January 2016. The rules will be compulsory for all insurance and reinsurance companies and groups in the European Economic Area. The Solvency II rules were developed over a period of more than 15 years, and there are many reasons for the long delay. Two notable reasons are differing business models from country to country and pressure on long-term guarantee products in the private pension system created by the low interest rate environment.

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5. 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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6. Guy Carpenter Assesses Implications of Current Market Dynamics on Pricing Environment: Challenging market conditions due to abundant capacity, the ongoing influx of new capital and limited loss experience, continue to put pressure on the reinsurance sector, while recent M&A activity is adding a new dynamic to the mix. This is according to the panel of speakers at the eighth annual press briefing held at the Reinsurance Rendez-Vous 2015 in Monte Carlo, by Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, a leading global risk and reinsurance specialist and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

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7. 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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8. Emerging Risks: Modeling Considerations Moving Forward: Technological progress is accelerating at a rapid pace and with it are the risks and opportunities that accompany those changes in many different segments of our economy.

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9. 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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10. 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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