Archive for April, 2019



April 30th, 2019

Flood Event – Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Valley

Posted at 1:32 PM ET

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A significant flood event has affected portions of the Ottawa and Saint Lawrence River Valleys and surrounding watersheds. The flooding is a result of recent snowmelt from a significant snowpack, coupled with recent periods of heavy rainfall affecting the area. Evacuations have affected over 9,500. Several thousands of homes have been inundated by the resulting floodwaters, and several thousand more are under threat in eastern Ontario and western Québec.

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April 30th, 2019

Closing The Gap: Insurance Penetration and Public Sector Risk Financing in Asia Pacific

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

michael-schwarz_resizedIn recent years, the issue of low penetration in catastrophe insurance across the growing economies of Asia Pacific, and the critical protection gap between economic losses caused by natural disaster events and insurance-covered losses are receiving the attention they merit. The insurance industry can play a significant role in narrowing the gap to help ensure sustainable economic development in one of the most dynamic regions of the world, according to Michael Schwarz, Head of Public Sector - Asia Pacific, Guy Carpenter.

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April 29th, 2019

Methodological Considerations in the Statistical Modeling of Catastrophe Bond Prices

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

major_john_gcciJohn Major, Director of Actuarial Research

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John Major has authored an article that aims to help actuaries, financial analysts, statisticians, data scientists and their clients better investigate how property catastrophe risk, and particularly catastrophe bonds, are  priced.

As in any technical discipline, statistical modeling has its customs, templates and default modes of operation, which are typically learned early in a practitioner’s education. These practices persist as “standard operating procedures,” to be modified as needs arise. The purpose of this article is to challenge those default modes as they have appeared in 21st century-published catastrophe bond pricing research.

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April 26th, 2019

Week’s Top Stories: April 20 - 26, 2019

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

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.

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NotPetya Was Not Cyber “War”: NotPetya wreaked havoc for some large companies, costing them billions of dollars in lost revenue, damaging computer systems, and requiring significant expense to restore global operations. In its wake, entire industries reassessed their practices for patching, business continuity, supply chain interruption, and more.

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A Matter of Time: Why the Clock is Ticking on Stop-Loss Reinsurance: As cutting-edge science leads to new, high-cost drugs and therapies, insurers are seeing uncapped claims costs grow higher. Stop-loss reimbursements generally are on the rise, with an increasing number of employers being reimbursed for a stop-loss claim every year.

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Investing in a Time of Climate Change - The Sequel: A new report documents Mercer’s latest climate scenario model for assessing the effects of both climate-related physical damages (physical risks) and the transition to a low-carbon economy (transition risks) on investment return expectations. The Sequel models three climate change scenarios, a 2°C, 3°C and 4°C average warming increase on preindustrial levels, over three timeframes - 2030, 2050 and 2100.

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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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The Transformation of Australian and New Zealand Life Insurance: The life insurance industry in Australia is facing unprecedented challenges from forces within and from the effects of an increasingly globalized economy. As life industry profitability has declined in Australia in recent years, the underlying manufacturing business model is rapidly changing.

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April 25th, 2019

Investing in a Time of Climate Change – The Sequel

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

A new report, Investing in a Time of Climate Change — The Sequel, documents Mercer’s latest climate scenario model for assessing the effects of both climate-related physical damages (physical risks) and the transition to a low-carbon economy (transition risks) on investment return expectations. The Sequel models three climate change scenarios, a 2°C, 3°C and 4°C average warming increase on preindustrial levels, over three timeframes - 2030, 2050 and 2100.

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April 24th, 2019

A Matter of Time: Why the Clock is Ticking on Stop-Loss Reinsurance

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

diagnostic-risk-squareAs cutting-edge science leads to new, high-cost drugs and therapies, insurers are seeing uncapped claims costs grow higher. Stop-loss reimbursements generally are on the rise, with an increasing number of employers being reimbursed for a stop-loss claim every year.

Continue reading…

April 23rd, 2019

NotPetya Was Not Cyber “War”

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

cyber-handbook-cover-image-smallNotPetya wreaked havoc for some large companies, costing them billions of dollars in lost revenue, damaging computer systems, and requiring significant expense to restore global operations. In its wake, entire industries reassessed their practices for patching, business continuity, supply chain interruption, and more.

Since the NotPetya event, we have learned much about the attack, but many details remain elusive. One continuing discussion for the insurance industry, however, is whether NotPetya was “warlike” - and more specifically, whether the ubiquitous war exclusion found in cyber insurance policies could have prevented coverage. A recent Wall Street Journal article described this as “a multimillion-dollar question for companies that purchase cyber insurance.”

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April 22nd, 2019

Facultative or Treaty and Why the Need for Hybrid Solutions: Part II

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

fleming_jeffJeff Fleming, Managing Director

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Turning to the other form of reinsurance, treaty is considered generally to be the “go-to” coverage solution for portfolios of risk. Challenges associated with treaty reinsurance may include:

  • Minimum and deposit premiums
  • Unnecessary coverage
  • Limited sideways coverage (reinstatements and occurrence caps).

“As a result of the limitations of each of the coverage options, a reinsurance solution that draws on both facultative and treaty enables insurers to purchase reinsurance cover that meets the specific and unique needs of their profiles,” Fleming explains. “Guy Carpenter introduced a customized alternative to facultative and treaty reinsurance - GC Hybrid Solutions.”

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April 19th, 2019

Week’s Top Stories: April 13 - 19, 2019

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going: Overcoming the Cyber Risk Appetite Challenge: The scale of recent attacks and resulting media attention, supervisory pressures to upgrade cyber risk management and the pace of technology innovation to keep up with are increasing rapidly. These factors are compelling financial institutions to have a clear understanding of the cyber risks they face, and to determine the level of cyber risk the institution is willing to accept.

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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.

Read the article >>


Evolving Regulatory Pressures Signal Potential Turning Point in Cyber Risk Management Strategies: Cyber risk presents an exciting opportunity for re/insurers, but as one of the most dynamic perils in the industry, regulators are formalizing capital requirements and quantitative and qualitative measurements of risk appetite.

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The Transformation of Australian and New Zealand Life Insurance: The life insurance industry in Australia is facing unprecedented challenges from forces within and from the effects of an increasingly globalized economy. As life industry profitability has declined in Australia in recent years, the underlying manufacturing business model is rapidly changing.

Read the article >>


Insurance Risk Management 2025: Navigating the Digital Future: How could the insurance industry look in 2025, and what are the implications for the Risk function? A video from Guy Carpenter affiliate Oliver Wyman offers a futuristic glimpse of a rapidly evolving industry.

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And, you may have missed…

First Singapore Catastrophe Bond Sets Stage for ILS Expansion in Asia-Pacific: The first catastrophe bond has been issued out of Singapore. This highlights the potential of the insurance- linked securities (ILS) market in the region, and is aligned with the city-state’s efforts to establish itself as a global hub for Asian risk transfer. The bond is sponsored by Insurance Australia Group (IAG) as part of its 2019 catastrophe aggregate reinsurance cover and represents the first such transaction by the company.

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