January 25th, 2019

Week’s Top Stories: January 19 - 25, 2019

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2019.

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Guy Carpenter Announces New Division and Senior Appointments Designed to Deliver Enhanced Client Value: Guy Carpenter today announced the formation of a new Global Capital Solutions Group and a series of new leadership appointments related to the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT) acquisition. These appointments will become effective upon closing of the transaction between Guy Carpenter’s parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies, and JLT, which remains subject to the receipt of certain antitrust and financial regulatory approvals.

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Excess and Surplus (E&S) Segment Outlook: The E&S lines segment of the insurance industry is an essential market for risks for which typically the standard insurance market does not offer coverage. The E&S market as a whole remained somewhat consistent and disciplined with its pricing and risk selection, with the first half of 2017 being very similar to 2016. Both primary and excess casualty rates were flat to up 5 to 10 percent depending on the line of business (LOB) and class. Specific areas, such as New York Construction and Transportation experienced double digit rate increases. Professional lines rates were overall flat.

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Reinsurance Rate Movement Limited at January 1 Despite Uncertainty over Pricing Adequacy and Available Capital: The overall impact of catastrophe losses on property rates was muted at the January 1, 2019 reinsurance renewals, but the fourth highest annual catastrophe loss year on record did create questions over pricing adequacy, underwriting strategy and the amount of capital available, says Guy Carpenter.

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WEF Global Risks Report: Heightened Geopolitical and Geoeconomic Tensions: Profound political, economic, societal, technological and environmental transformations are occurring at an unprecedented scale and pace and have become a part of day-to-day business life, according to the 14th edition of The Global Risks Report, prepared by the World Economic Forum (WEF) with the support of Marsh & McLennan Companies and other partners.

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Top Financial and Professional Lines Risks in 2019: The U.S. market for financial and professional insurance coverage saw a number of challenges in 2018, including new privacy regulations, an increase in workplace sexual harassment claims as the #MeToo movement continued to gain traction, and more securities litigation activity, says a report by Guy Carpenter’s sister company, Marsh.

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