Archive for October, 2017



October 31st, 2017

Asia Pacific Catastrophe Report 2017: Executive Summary

Posted at 4:00 AM ET

cover-thumbA year marked by generally benign loss experience and few large catastrophe events meant that rates continued to remain positive for buyers in the Asia Pacific region throughout 2017. At the same time, the trend for steady growth in limit purchased continued. Much of the new limit purchased tends to be at the top of programs, and this feeds through to lower overall average rates on line (ROL), which is also reflected in the indices.

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October 30th, 2017

Little-Used Retirement Option Gets a Big Boost: Part IV

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rains_david-5-2015-sm5mparker-sm5David A. Rains, Managing Director and Healthcare and Life Specialty Leader and Michael R. Parker, Managing Director, Senior Business Development Broker

It is likely that the enduring differentiators among companies selling variable annuities will be how they access customers and the experience they provide to customers. Rapidly concentrating market shares will favor insurers with modular product design and management, with clean components that can be separately capitalized or reinsured as needed to optimize capital usage.

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October 27th, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: October 21 -27, 2017

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

Baden-Baden Reinsurance Symposium Addresses Industry-wide Impact of Disruption: Guy Carpenter & Company hosted the Reinsurance Symposium in Baden-Baden on October 22. The ninth year that Guy Carpenter has hosted the event, the theme of the Symposium was “Profiting from Disruption.”

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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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Challenging Market Is Fueling MGA M&A: Challenging market conditions are fueling growth and merger and acquisition (M&A) 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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Reinsurance Market Poised to Remain Vibrant Following Recent Catastrophe Events: The recent series of catastrophic events - earthquakes in Mexico, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria - is reminding cedents that reinsurance is one of the most effective ways to protect corporate capital bases; Harvey on its own is likely to be an earnings event that will probably not require an increase of industry capital; the addition of the cumulative effect of the earthquakes in Mexico and Hurricanes Irma and Maria, however, could create a capital event;  and the earthquakes and hurricanes provide an opportunity to define the viability and effectiveness of the 144A product. We expect that these instruments will demonstrate their effectiveness and serve their intended purpose.

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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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And, You May Have Missed…

Chart: Combined Ratio for Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, First Half, 2017: Chart presents combined ratio for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2006 through first half, 2017.

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October 26th, 2017

Little-Used Retirement Option Gets a Big Boost: Part III

Posted at 4:00 AM ET

rains_david-5-2015-sm4mparker-sm4David A. Rains, Managing Director and Healthcare and Life Specialty Leader and Michael R. Parker, Managing Director, Senior Business Development Broker

Next generation products will soon arrive to deliver the guaranteed retirement solutions today’s workforce needs and which variable annuities with guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefits currently address, albeit in overly complicated products. The successful annuity writers of the future will:

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October 25th, 2017

Industry must develop common cyber risk currency – GC@BB Commentary

Posted at 6:15 AM ET

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Morley Speed, Managing Director and Carolyn Morley, Chairman, Global Casualty

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  • Data integrity and availability as critical as data confidentiality
  • Limited ability to quantify dependency a major cyber inhibitor
  • Challenge to build clearly differentiated cyber portfolio

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October 25th, 2017

Scalability critical to developing substantial terrorism market - GC@BB Commentary

Posted at 3:15 AM ET

c-gibbs-20-smjamie-russell-final-smCharles Gibbs, Managing Director and Jamie Russell, Vice President

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  • Capacity a major limiting factor in expanding remit
  • Small number of players raising aggregation risk
  • Cover not reaching organizations that need it most

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October 24th, 2017

ILS framework can propel London to be the global hub, if it has a supportive regulator - GC@BB Commentary

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des-potter-smDes Potter, Head of GC Securities, EMEA

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  • London can establish itself as the global hub for innovative reinsurance risk transfer
  • U.K. regulators must be more responsive to enable the U.K. market to be more competitive
  • Developing an insurance-linked securities (ILS) market will help London maintain its global standing

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October 23rd, 2017

Challenging Market Is Fueling MGA M&A – GC@BB Commentary

Posted at 6:15 AM ET

andrew-beecroft-smjohn-rowlands-final-16-smAndrew Beecroft, Managing Director, GC Securities and John Rowlands, Senior Vice President, GC Securities

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  • Challenging market conditions are fueling growth and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the managing general agent (MGA) space
  • Recent acquisition multiples have been extremely high compared to historic values
  • Should markets harden, MGAs will need to continue to prove their value through differentiation

Challenging insurance market conditions will continue to drive growth and M&A activity in the MGA market, according to John Rowlands, Senior Vice President, and Andrew Beecroft, Head of M&A Advisory, GC Securities*.

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October 23rd, 2017

Industry in investor “sweet spot” – GC@BB Commentary

Posted at 3:15 AM ET

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  • Insurers bucking standard competitive cycle response
  • Current dynamics look set to continue for long term in spite of recent catastrophe losses
  • Investor appeal will remain strong

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October 23rd, 2017

Baden-Baden Reinsurance Symposium Addresses Industry-wide Impact of Disruption

Posted at 2:00 AM ET

Guy Carpenter & Company hosted the Reinsurance Symposium in Baden-Baden on October 22. The ninth year that Guy Carpenter has hosted the event, the theme of the Symposium was “Profiting from Disruption.”

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