Archive for October, 2016



October 31st, 2016

Reserving and Capital Setting: Sizing the Problem, Part III: Quantifying Emerging Risks; Expert Judgement

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Data quality and availability should also be examined in depth. Because the risks are new, the data may not be captured correctly to power the model, which will lead to further uncertainty and may even preclude the use of a model altogether.

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October 28th, 2016

Week’s Top Stories: October 22 - 28, 2016

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A.M. Best’s More Transparent Ratings Criteria Provide Benefits to Insurers That Proactively “Own Their Ratings”: Maintaining or improving ratings is a priority for most insurers. This can be challenging amid increasing demands for companies to “own their risk” (Own Risk and Solvency Assessment “ORSA”) in an environment of evolving rating agency requirements, including A.M. Best’s proposed ratings methodology and Stochastic-based Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) criteria.

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Emerging Practices in Risk Tolerances: Insurers have long embraced the concept of risk tolerances. In some cases, the risk tolerances were expressly stated in a company’s enterprise risk management (ERM) policy document or in other cases exhibited in the course of normal operations.

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Disruptive Forces Redefining the Role of Insurance: Fundamental disruptive forces are driving monumental changes in the global economy at an unprecedented rate. These forces compel the (re)insurance industry to adjust to the new reality and capitalize on the opportunities created.

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Solvency II: An Era of Greater Risk-Driven Management: On January 1, 2016, the Solvency II regulatory regime took effect. Some celebrated; others were weary from the months and years of preparation

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US Property/Casualty Insurers Facing Increasingly Complex Operating Environment: Guy Carpenter Report: Guy Carpenter & Company released a study which found that, in a challenging operating environment, only 40 of the top 100 US property/casualty insurers reported an underwriting profit over the last five accident years.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Baden-Baden Reinsurance Symposium Explores Ways of Bridging Protection Gap: Guy Carpenter & Company hosted the Reinsurance Symposium in Baden-Baden on October 23. The eighth year that the firm has hosted the event, the theme this year was “Bridging the Gap - Is the industry doing enough to attract risk from the public to the private sector?”

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October 27th, 2016

Analytics: Fueling Risk-Informed Decisions

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tim_059_headshot Tim Gardner, CEO of U.S. Operations

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Today’s rapidly changing global environment presents insurers with many challenges and opportunities as capital management and risk transfer techniques evolve at an unprecedented pace. Stakeholders, regulators and ratings agencies are deepening their focus on risk management practices, and revolutionary developments in technology, including the Internet of Things and hyper-connectivity, are driving companies to adapt to the challenges that senior management faces to support risk management decisions material to their business.

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October 26th, 2016

Solvency II: An Era of Greater Risk-Driven Management

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Andrew Cox, Managing Director; Matthew Eagle, Head of GC Analytics® - International; and Eddy Vanbeneden, Managing Director

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On January 1, 2016, the Solvency II regulatory regime took effect. Some celebrated; others were weary from the months and years of preparation.

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October 25th, 2016

Super Typhoon Haima, Typhoon Sarika

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typhoon_haima_typhoon_sarika-smIn the Northwest Pacific Basin, Typhoon Sarika and Super Typhoon Haima have recently affected areas of the Philippines, Vietnam and Mainland China. Both typhoons made landfall in the northern Philippines within a week, as a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Reported impacts in the northern Philippines have been especially severe, with reports of moderate to complete damage over areas of northern Luzon. Damage from wind, flooding and mudslides have been reported, together with reports of downed trees and powerlines.

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October 25th, 2016

Emerging Practices in Risk Tolerances

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brian-fischer-2014-hs-sm1Brian C. Fischer, Managing Director, GC Analytics®

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Insurers have long embraced the concept of risk tolerances. In some cases, the risk tolerances were expressly stated in a company’s enterprise risk management (ERM) policy document or in other cases exhibited in the course of normal operations.

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October 24th, 2016

From Public to Private

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The gap between insured losses and total economic losses remains stubbornly large - Swiss Re estimates that only 30 percent of global catastrophe losses in the ten years prior to 2015 were covered by insurance. Consequently, the remainder of the loss, USD 1.3 trillion, was borne by individuals, firms and governments, and this burden is increasing. Swiss Re estimates uninsured losses more than doubled from 0.08 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) for the ten years from 1976 through 1985 to 0.17 percent for the years 2006 through 2015.

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October 24th, 2016

Strategic Growth Analysis – The Guy Carpenter Approach

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The changes in today’s property and casualty (P&C) insurance marketplace present insurers with many challenges to capital management and risk transfer techniques. Insurers are compelled to leverage their capital positions to increase and diversify their market shares to an unprecedented degree.  Preserving the status quo is not an option for long-term viability.  Profitable growth is a key priority for companies seeking additional return.  Companies need to enter new lines of business or geographies strategically with proper analysis. Guy Carpenter offers proprietary analytical tools, intellectual capital and expertise to help companies determine and evaluate their growth plans while maintaining an acceptable level of risk and profitability.

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October 23rd, 2016

Baden-Baden Reinsurance Symposium Explores Ways of Bridging Protection Gap

Posted at 10:30 PM ET

Guy Carpenter & Company hosted the Reinsurance Symposium in Baden-Baden on October 23. The eighth year that the firm has hosted the event, the theme this year was “Bridging the Gap - Is the industry doing enough to attract risk from the public to the private sector?”

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October 23rd, 2016

US Property/Casualty Insurers Facing Increasingly Complex Operating Environment: Guy Carpenter Report

Posted at 6:00 AM ET

balancing-risk-and-growth-in-a-changing-market-smGuy Carpenter & Company today released a study which found that, in a challenging operating environment, only 40 of the top 100 US property/casualty (P&C) insurers reported an underwriting profit over the last five accident years.

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