January 11th, 2019

Week’s Top Stories: January 5 - 11, 2019

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

Taiwan: Catastrophe Insurance and Gap in Coverage: Taiwan has experienced a series of extreme weather events in recent years, which are expected to continue into the future, says the report 14 Shades of Risk In Asia-Pacific: Evolving Risk Concerns in Asia-Pacific by Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Asia-Pacific Risk Center.

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Sydney Hailstorms, December 20, 2018: A severe convective storm affected large parts of New South Wales, including Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on December 20, 2018. The storm generated large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding in many areas of the state. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), there were ground reports of hail of 8 cm diameter in Berowra Heights in Sydney’s north and similar size hail in Casula and Liverpool in the city’s southwest.  The Nattai National Park west of Picton also experienced large hail. Initial damage reports indicated that the suburbs of Berowra Heights, Hornsby, Liverpool, Gosford and Lithgow were the most severely affected. Given that the event occurred during the Christmas holidays, many residents and businesses have not fully assessed the extent of damages; therefore, loss estimates are expected to increase in the next few weeks.

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Balance Sheet Expansion: Opportunities and Challenges: From 2014 to 2017, the property and casualty (P&C) industry in the United States grew its collective capital position from USD 686 billion to USD 767 billion, a 3.8 percent compound annual growth rate. This expansion in capital was achieved during a period when the normalized return profile of the P&C underwriting business was considered to be below the cost of capital. The growth of industry capital during this period of subpar underwriting returns provides insights into the expectations for carriers’ opportunities and challenges through 2018 and into the years ahead.

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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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Cost of Capital and its Use in Valuing Reinsurance: Increasingly, reinsurance is seen as an important element of capital management. Reinsurance decisions are moving away from the reinsurance buyer and towards the finance teams. These teams need to find a way of comparing reinsurance in a straightforward way. Defining the cost of capital for reinsurance means that it can be compared with other capital sources.

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Cyberattacks Top Risk to Doing Business in India: A growing dependency on data and digitization efforts have increased the risks of cyberattacks in India, says the report 14 Shades of Risk In Asia-Pacific: Evolving Risk Concerns in Asia-Pacific by Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Asia-Pacific Risk Center.

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