December 3rd, 2018

GC Capital Ideas Top Stories: November 2018

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

1. A Math Formula May Offer a Solution to Insurers’ Critical Challenges: Guy Carpenter has developed a methodology that applies a mathematical formula to provide insurers and reinsurers with a unified, practical framework for risk pricing and capital allocation.

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2. Affirmative versus Silent Cyber: An Overview: While the current debate over “affirmative” versus  “non-affirmative” coverage has been ongoing for a few years, WannaCry and Petya/NotPetya cyberattacks helped make the issue of ”silent cyber” more critical. These two 2017 cyberattacks effectively shifted the conversation from data breach, notification costs and third-party liability to first-party liability insuring agreements due to the extent and expanse of the systematic, large-scale damages they triggered.

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3. Regional Risks for Doing Business: The recent World Economic Forum’s 2018 Executive Opinion Survey provides a snapshot of the global risks that executives say are of highest concern for doing business in their respective countries.

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4. GC Videocast - Emerging Cyber Risks Explained: The “years of data breaches,” 2013 and 2014, evolved to healthcare breaches, followed by ransomware attacks. What cyber perils lie ahead?  Guy Carpenter’s Jeremy S. Platt, Managing Director and Cyber Solutions Specialty Practice Leader; and Chris Shafer, Assistant Vice President at Cyber Solutions Specialty Practice, explain in the video.

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5. Increasing Frequency of Extreme Weather Events in Asia Pacific: The Asia Pacific may be the most adversely impacted region by the pronounced increase in the frequency of extreme weather events around the world. The Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Catastrophe Report 2017 projects an increase in economic losses from natural disasters in Asia, which amounted to USD 126 million a day between 2006 to 2015.

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6. Evolving Terror Threats - Innovation Needed to Meet Changing Demands: New modes of attack are causing a shift from large terrorist events aimed at property destruction to less sophisticated attacks causing mass casualties and fear. With global commerce, tourism and financial markets impacted, demand is growing for modeling, capacity and protection-gap solutions to increase resiliency against such attacks.

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7. Cyberattacks Top the List of Risks in North America: For business executives in the United States and Canada, cyberattacks are now the number one risk to doing business, according to the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report Regional Risks for Doing Business 2018.

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8. Terrorism: The Need for Expanded Capacity: Terrorists are increasingly able to modify, adapt and reinvent their tactics and quickly spread their methodologies to their worldwide support base. Economically, the effect of this change across the globe has been significant. Tourism, trade and investments are examples of areas affected as countries grapple with terrorist actions, both direct and indirect. According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, although the peak of global economic impact from terror events was reached in 2014, it remains at historically high levels.

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9. Silent Cyber Explained: “Silent cyber,” also known as unintended or non-affirmative coverage, refers to the unknown or unquantified exposures stemming from cyber perils that may be triggered within traditional property and liability insurance policies. The systemic nature of the cyber risk means silent cyber may become increasingly more prevalent in virtually every type of insurance policy.

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10. Facultative or Treaty and Why the Need for Hybrid Solutions: Insurers face challenges in managing underwriting, capital protection, risk and risk profiling as they navigate underwriting guidelines based on their gross and net risk underwriting appetite. Against these challenges, companies utilize various forms of reinsurance, traditionally facultative or treaty, to buy risk protection, shore up capital and satisfy rating agencies, according to Jeff Fleming, Managing Director, Guy Carpenter.

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