July 14th, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: July 8 — 14, 2017

Posted at 4:30 AM ET

Excess Capacity in This Year’s Florida Market: The Florida peninsula is the most important market for property reinsurance in the world. Each summer, the third most populous state in the union braces itself for another Atlantic hurricane season. In Florida’s esoteric insurance market, insurers buy reinsurance protection at the beginning of June each year.

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Chart: Combined Ratio For Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, Q1 2017: Chart presents combined ratio for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2006 through first quarter, 2017.

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GC Securities* Supports First Ever World Bank Catastrophe Bonds and Catastrophe-linked Swaps to Combat Infectious Disease: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, participated in today’s pricing of bonds and catastrophe-linked swaps supporting pandemic risk. Part of an innovative new public-private partnership aimed at improving global resiliency and health security, the mechanism provides surge funding to developing countries facing a possible pandemic outbreak. GC Securities served as co-manager of the bonds and joint arranger of the swaps. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) was used by AIR Worldwide to provide expert risk modeling.

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North Atlantic Basin Tropical Storm Outlook for 2017: Normal to Above Average: As hurricane season begins in the North Atlantic Basin, several agencies have produced seasonal outlooks of 2017 tropical activity including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The Weather Company (TWC/IBM) and Dr. Phil Klotzbach of Colorado State University (CSU). These seasonal outlooks give a sense of overall expected activity for the basin at large but do not estimate the number of landfalls. These agencies stress the need for readiness for a landfalling hurricane, as with any hurricane season.

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Industry Must Act to Avoid a “Kodak Moment”: In his first speech as Lloyd’s new chairman, Bruce Carnegie-Brown said the insurance industry must do more to change and innovate or run the risk of being disrupted by external players.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Exponential Thinking Key to Meeting Disruption Challenge, Says Josh Camire: Josh Camire, Managing Director of ExO Advisors, opened his presentation with the alarming prediction that 40 percent of today’s Fortune 500 companies will cease to exist in 10 years - primarily due to technological disruption.

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* Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities LLC, MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product.

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