December 7th, 2018

Week’s Top Stories: December 1 - 7, 2018

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

Wildfire Activity - California - Update: Recent wildfire activity has rendered especially severe impacts to areas of California, including areas of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Rates of extreme fire spread were enabled by especially dry, windy conditions on November 8 and the days following. Aggressive firefighting efforts allowed containment efforts to progress despite adverse conditions over the following week.

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Mw 7.0 Earthquake – Near Anchorage, Alaska: A magnitude (Mw) 7.0 earthquake was reported near Anchorage, Alaska around 17:29 UTC on November 30 (8:29 local time), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter was located at a depth of 44.1 km and about 12.9 km (8.0 miles) north of Anchorage, Alaska. A tsunami warning was issued but later lifted by the U.S. National Weather Service.

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Asia Pacific Reinsurance Market: Abundant Capacity and Flat Pricing: For buyers of catastrophe reinsurance in the Asia Pacific region, pricing has remained largely flat during 2018. The region has experienced losses during the year to date, and at the time of writing, it is expected that a proportion of these will impact reinsurers. At the same time, market capacity remains abundant and underlying reinsurance market conditions are favorable for buyers, as reported by Guy Carpenter in its 2018 Asia Pacific Catastrophe Reinsurance Executive Summary. The effect of the 2018 losses on market sentiment going forward is not fully understood.

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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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Ensuring innovation is more than a cliché: The numerous challenges the insurance industry faces mean that innovation is critical to tackling them. Rob Bentley, Chief Executive Officer of Guy Carpenter’s Global Strategic Advisory, describes how Guy Carpenter is helping its clients manage these challenges-especially the conundrum of InsurTech, in an interview that appeared in Intelligent Insurer magazine.

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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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