Archive for September, 2017



September 22nd, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: September 16 — 22, 2017

Posted at 6:30 AM ET

Hurricane Irma: Hurricane Irma was a large and destructive storm that rendered impacts to most of the Southeast United States including the Florida Keys as well as areas of the Caribbean. Impacts for areas of the Northern Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands, as well as northern Cuba have been especially severe. For the United States, the most severe impacts have been in the Florida Keys due to both wind and storm surge, with flood impacts as far away as coastal Georgia and northeast Florida. Wind impacts extend from Tennessee to the Carolinas to Florida. At least 67 fatalities have been reported.

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Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in the United States: The Market for Mortgage Credit Risk (Re)insurance: The global financial crisis of 2008 exposed the U.S. mortgage industry, taxpayers, and the global capital markets to the loss potential of residential mortgage credit risk.

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7.1 Mw Earthquake Near Raboso, Mexico: A magnitude (Mw) 7.1 earthquake struck near Raboso, Mexico yesterday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The quake occurred at 1:14 p.m. local time (18:14 UTC), with Mexico City approximately 122 kilometers (75.9 miles) southeast of the epicenter.

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New Vehicle Matches the Right Capital to Risk: A new Marsh & McLennan vehicle provides unparalleled support in accessing long-term capital markets-based protection; a broader and more diverse range of capital sources brings better matching, more efficient solutions customized to the unique risk profile of clients; and the vehicle provides a standardized documentation process and single point of access, in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

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Industry Must Develop Common Cyber Risk Currency: Data integrity and availability is as critical as data confidentiality; limited ability to quantify dependency is a major cyber inhibitor; and the challenge is to build a clearly differentiated cyber portfolio.

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Reinsurance Solutions Continue to Achieve Stability and Growth for Cedents: There is a shift in buying strategies towards managing volatility; the marketplace is ‘vibrant’ as buyers capitalize on a full array of products; and the move to de-commoditize solutions is driving up product complexity.

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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.

September 21st, 2017

Hurricane Maria

Posted at 2:13 PM ET

h-maria-track-1-smHurricane Maria has affected areas of the Caribbean as a severe Category 4 or 5 hurricane, rendering severe damage due to wind and flood to areas including Dominica, Saint Croix and Puerto Rico. At least seventeen fatalities have been reported by media along with 20 missing and these numbers may rise as the most severely damaged areas become accessible. Severe to complete damage has been reported in Dominica. Variable damage to property and infrastructure has been reported in Puerto Rico, and power and drinking water have been compromised, with media reports that the entire island is without power. Our first thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected by this event.

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September 21st, 2017

Catastrophe Events Occurring In North America Recently

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review GC Capital Ideas posts on the three most recent catastrophe events occurring in North America within a period of 16 days.

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September 20th, 2017

7.1 Mw Earthquake Near Raboso, Mexico

Posted at 1:51 PM ET

7-1-eq-raboso-mexico-smA magnitude (Mw) 7.1 earthquake struck near Raboso, Mexico yesterday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The quake occurred at 1:14 p.m. local time (18:14 UTC), with Mexico City approximately 122 kilometers (75.9 miles) southeast of the epicenter.

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September 20th, 2017

Cyber Risk – Opportunities and Challenges

Posted at 1:30 AM ET

Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas posts on the opportunities and challenges cyber risk presents for the insurance industry.

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September 19th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in the United States: The Market for Mortgage Credit Risk (Re)insurance: Part II

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

krohn_jeff_photo_crop-sm2tedeschi_john_photo_sm21Jeffrey Krohn, Managing Director, and John Tedeschi, Managing Director

To date, the government sponsored entities (GSEs) have placed more than USD 10 billion of limit into the reinsurance market through Fannie Mae’s Credit Insurance Risk Transfer and Freddie Mac’s Agency Credit Insurance Structure, and over USD 50 billion of risk into the capital markets through Fannie Mae’s Connecticut Avenue Securities and Freddie Mac’s Structured Agency Credit Risk. Both capital market and reinsurance programs provide the GSEs with a form of excess of loss coverage on closed pools of mortgages meeting very strict guidelines.

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September 18th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in the United States: The Market for Mortgage Credit Risk (Re)insurance: Part I

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

krohn_jeff_photo_crop-sm1tedeschi_john_photo_sm2Jeffrey Krohn, Managing Director, and John Tedeschi, Managing Director

The global financial crisis of 2008 exposed the U.S. mortgage industry, taxpayers, and the global capital markets to the loss potential of residential mortgage credit risk. The total shakeup of the U.S. housing sector resulted in:

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September 15th, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: September 9 — 15, 2017

Posted at 6:30 AM ET

Hurricane Irma: Hurricane Irma was a large and destructive storm that rendered impacts to most of the Southeast United States including the Florida Keys as well as areas of the Caribbean. Impacts for areas of the Northern Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands, as well as northern Cuba have been especially severe. For the United States, the most severe impacts have been in the Florida Keys due to both wind and storm surge, with flood impacts as far away as coastal Georgia and northeast Florida. Wind impacts extend from Tennessee to the Carolinas to Florida. At least 67 fatalities have been reported. 

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GC Securities and Marsh Captive Solutions Introduce Cerulean Re: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the establishment of Cerulean Re SAC Ltd. (Cerulean), a private syndicated collateralized reinsurance platform and Bermuda registered segregated account company (SAC) and licensed special purpose insurer.

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Run-off Specialists Are Gearing Up For Increased Flows: Challenging markets and active capital management are encouraging carriers to proactively consider reserve solutions; a competitive market for acquisition of run-off assets has broadened; and new entrants are forming in anticipation of increased flows of legacy business.

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Interoperability: A Case for Open Source: There is an industry-wide call for increased transparency in cat modelling; interoperability facilitates the collaboration of multiple data sources; and open source models allow insurers to develop their own view of risk.

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Challenging Market is Fueling MGA M&A: Challenging market conditions are fueling growth and merger and acquisition activity in the managing general agent (MGA) space; recent acquisition multiples have been extremely high compared to historic values; and should markets harden, MGAs will need to continue to prove their value through differentiation.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Industry Must Develop Common Cyber Risk Currency: Data integrity and availability is as critical as data confidentiality; limited ability to quantify dependency is a major cyber inhibitor; and the challenge is to build a clearly differentiated cyber portfolio.

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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.

September 14th, 2017

Hurricane Irma - Update

Posted at 7:58 AM ET

hurricane-irma-9-13-smHurricane Irma was a large and destructive storm that rendered impacts to most of the Southeast United States including the Florida Keys as well as areas of the Caribbean. Impacts for areas of the Northern Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands, as well as northern Cuba have been especially severe. For the United States, the most severe impacts have been in the Florida Keys due to both wind and storm surge, with flood impacts as far away as coastal Georgia and northeast Florida. Wind impacts extend from Tennessee to the Carolinas to Florida. At least 67 fatalities have been reported. It will take time to fully assess the full scope and severity of this ongoing event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected.

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September 12th, 2017

New Vehicle Matches the Right Capital to Risk - GC@MC Commentary

Posted at 3:30 AM ET

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David Priebe, Vice Chairman, and Brendan Roche, Global Leader - ILS and SPV Management Services, Marsh Captive Solutions

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  • A new Marsh & McLennan vehicle provides unparalleled support in accessing long-term capital markets-based protection
  • A broader and more diverse range of capital sources brings better matching, more efficient solutions customized to the unique risk profile of clients
  • Provides a standardized documentation process and single point of access, in an efficient and cost-effective manner

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