February 22nd, 2019

Week’s Top Stories: February 16 - 22, 2019

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

Sidecars: Capitalizing on Market Cycles to Improve Client Solutions: Following U.S. hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005 and the ensuing “hard” property catastrophe reinsurance market, reinsurers and investors increasingly started turning to sidecar insurance linked securities to access new and replacement capacity.

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Building for Resilience: How to Avoid a Catastrophe Model Failure: Since commercial catastrophe (CAT) models were first introduced in the 1980s, they have evolved as new scientific discoveries and claims insights emerged. Despite the sophisticated nature of each new generation of CAT models, occasionally a model misses a significant loss driver for a particular peril. This occurs when a previously hidden attribute reveals itself through unprecedented intensity. Lessons from such surprises stimulate model improvements as our understanding of the physics of the peril and its damage potential, increase. Through this process, models mature over time.

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Risk Financing Strategies Needed as Exposure to Flood Increases: The affordability of flood resilience will become an increasingly critical issue as rising sea levels and urbanization expose a growing number of people and population centers to floods, says the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2019.

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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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Cybersecurity, Strategic and Financial Risks to Dominate Risk Landscape: According to nearly 400 treasury professionals surveyed, strategic and financial risks, along with cybersecurity, will dominate the risk landscape for the next 18-36 months.

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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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