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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