January 5th, 2018

Week’s Top Stories: December 30, 2017 - January 5, 2018

Posted at 4:58 PM ET

Guy Carpenter Reports US Insurance Market at a Crossroads but Opportunity Exists: Guy Carpenter today released a study outlining a dynamic insurance industry facing a changing economy and pressure in once-stable lines, but with opportunity for those with management skill and understanding of risk.

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Chart: Return on Equity for Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, Q3, 2017: Chart presents return on equity for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2005 through third quarter, 2017.

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Chart: Combined Ratio for Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, Q3, 2017: Chart presents combined ratio of the Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, 2005 through third quarter, 2017.

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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). The gap in flood insurance protection represents up to a USD 40 billion potential new market for private insurers in the United States, according to Jonathan Hayes, Managing Director, Guy Carpenter.

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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. In this current environment of disruption and dynamic innovation, managers must analyze all factors in order to adapt to changing opportunities.

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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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*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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