December 15th, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: December 9 - 15, 2017

Posted at 1:22 PM ET

Exploring the P&C Industry: Recent Market Dynamics and Industry Performance: The property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry continues to face economic and market-based challenges. New risks demand coverage; catastrophes are surfacing in unexpected ways and experience shifts are driving casualty lines’ capital needs.

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Little-Used Retirement Option Gets a Big Boost: With the erosion of defined benefit pension plans and uncertainty around the future of Social Security, the current workforce must find new ways to responsibly manage their income into and through retirement.

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Asia Pacific Catastrophe Report 2017: Executive Summary: A 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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Flood Insurance: The 2018 Market Opportunity: Among all natural hazards, flood is the most costly and the most impactful on people. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that only 12 percent of homeowners purchase flood insurance, and most of the purchases are through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

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Factors Contributing to the Gap Between Economic and Insured Losses: Infographic on the factors that contribute to the gap between economic and insured losses.

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Critical Tool for Making Strategic Enterprise Risk Management Decisions: Initiatives for insurers’ profitable growth in 2018 will come with significant challenges and considerations for management. Stochastic Based BCAR and an extended soft market teetering on change will require insurers to evaluate growth objectives carefully.

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