August 12th, 2016

Week’s Top Stories: August 6 - 12, 2016

Posted at 6:30 AM ET

Chart: Overall Losses and Insured Losses 1980 To 2014: Chart shows the widening gap between economic loss and insured loss for the period 1980 to 2014.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems/Drones: Growth projections for the drone or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector are nothing short of phenomenal, as the opportunities and advantages afforded by using this type of machinery in construction, agriculture, energy/utilities, mining, real estate, news media, film production and public safety become increasingly more apparent each passing day. Nevertheless, the potential economic benefits are considered to be vast, expecting to generate an estimated economic benefit of USD82 billion along with 100,000 jobs by 2025.

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Developments in Europe: Changes in Reinsurance Decisions: Recently, we have seen a change in the way reinsurance is viewed in some companies and groups: The chief financial officer increasingly recognizes reinsurance as an instrument to achieve risk and capital management, rather than using capital measures like equity and sub-debt issuances.

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Chart: Regional Property Catastrophe ROL Index, 1990 to 2016: The chart shows the indexes for United States, United Kingdom, Asia Pacific and Europe.

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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…

Hurricane Earl: Hurricane Earl made landfall in Belize last Thursday, with final landfall as a tropical storm in Southeast Mexico over the weekend. Impacts have been rendered in Belize as a result of strong wind gusts, an impactful storm surge and heavy rainfall. Some damage to property and infrastructure has been reported, although the full scope and severity remain unclear. Significant rainfall has also affected areas of Southeast Mexico, with reports of destructive flooding, landslides and property damage. At least 42 have been reported dead in Southeast Mexico and another 2,000 have been displaced, according to media reports. The full extent of impacts from this event remains unclear as recovery and assessment efforts are still underway.

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