October 16th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: October 10 - 16, 2015

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A Clearer View of Emerging Risks: Executive Summary, Part I: 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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Chart: 144A P&C Cat Bonds, YTD, 2015: Chart shows that as of September 30, 2015, USD 21.809 billion of P&C 144A catastrophe bond risk capital was outstanding.

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Fifth Annual Insurance Risk Benchmarks Report from Guy Carpenter: Guy Carpenter & Company announced the release of the 2015 Insurance Risk Benchmarks Report titled, Risk and Opportunity In the year of ORSA: Annual Statistical Review. The report is produced annually through Guy Carpenter’s ongoing Insurance Risk Benchmarks research project, which focuses robust analytics on risk and performance in the U.S. property/casualty (P&C) insurance industry.

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Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities for (Re)insurers, Part IV: Asia Pacific: In Asia, solvency requirements are increasing in many territories. Hong Kong and Singapore are developing new standards around risk and capital regulations. China is developing an approach similar to Solvency II via a three tiered approach like the “three pillars.”

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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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And, You May Have Missed…

Disruptive Forces to M&A Activity: Soft Market Rates Have Had Limited Impact on Company Returns: A key tenet of the anti-correlation theory is that the impact of lower (re)insurance rates will eventually be felt within carriers’ return on equity, thereby forcing action.

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