January 2nd, 2018

GC Capital Ideas Top Stories: December, 2017

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

1. Flood Insurance: The 2018 Market Opportunity; The U.S. insurance industry is actively seeking new opportunities for growth in a challenging market by identifying untapped customer needs. The potential flood market is over five times the size of the most often mentioned new market, cyber insurance.

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2. 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.

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3. Run-off specialists are gearing up for increased flows; Transaction volumes in the run-off market will continue to grow as a consequence of an influx of capital and increased amounts of buyers and sellers of legacy reserves, according to Andrew Beecroft, Head of M&A Advisory, GC Securities*.

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4. 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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5. Addressing Flood Peril; Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas posts on Guy Carpenter’s efforts to address the flood peril.

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6. 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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7. Critical Tool for Making Strategic Enterprise Risk Management Decisions; There are indications that new A.M. Best Stochastic Based BCAR factor assignments may require more capital for companies entering a new line of business than for established writers growing in that line.

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8. Increasing External Demands Compel Companies to Improve Risk Management Disclosures; Guy Carpenter released an Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Benchmark Review in 2014 providing an in-depth analysis of risk management practices and policies of 67 insurance and reinsurance companies located in Europe, United States, Bermuda, and Asia-Pacific. Based on publicly-available data from financial and risk reports, Guy Carpenter’s ERM Benchmark Review reveals that most (re)insurers are managing capital with metric-based frameworks and are publishing more about their risk management targets than seen in Guy Carpenter’s 2009 analysis.

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9. Managing Catastrophe Model Uncertainty, Issues and Challenges; Here we repeat our popular series authored by John Major, which focuses on the issues and challenges in managing catastrophe model uncertainty.

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10. Reinsurance Solutions Continue to Achieve Stability and Growth for Cedents; Since its beginnings, the reinsurance product has been a tool that delivers diversified balance sheet solutions to insurers to help protect capital, manage earnings, reduce volatility and promote profitable growth, according to James Nash, President, International, Guy Carpenter.

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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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