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May 23rd, 2019

Evolving Regulatory Pressures Signal Potential Turning Point in Cyber Risk Management Strategies

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Siobhan O’Brien, Head of the Cyber Center of Excellence for International and Global Specialties

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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. In the United Kingdom, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) is now asking (re)insurers to develop a silent cyber action plan by the end of the first half of 2019 and will conduct deep-dives on select firms in the second half to assess how they are meeting expectations described in a 2017 supervisory statement. It will then further assess affirmative cyber risk via an exploratory stress test later this year.

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May 22nd, 2019

Preparing For a Cyber Attack

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cyber-handbook-cover-image-smallCybersecurity in many organizations has over the last few years been exposed as kind of a Swiss cheese solution, as cyber criminals have found vulnerable entry points to pull off major hacks costing companies hundreds of millions of dollars. In countless cases, companies have failed to erect strong defenses, or failed to recognize and quickly react to an attack. Clearly, cybersecurity needs to be elevated to the top levels of risk-mitigation strategy, alongside currency risk, natural disaster, and terrorist attacks.

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May 21st, 2019

What Is the Future of Alternatives to Traditional Insurance Markets?

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Brian C. Elowe, Chief Client Officer for Marsh North America

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There’s been much discussion in risk finance circles over the past decade about alternatives to traditional insurance markets. Much of the focus has been on the provider side - the pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other investors that provide the capital behind so-called alternative risk transfer (ART) solutions.

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May 20th, 2019

Finding the Elusive Cyber Loss Curve Can Pay Big Dividends for Financial Institutions

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cyber-handbook-cover-image-smallWhat is the likelihood that your organization will experience a material cyber event in the next 12 months? Is the risk greater than 50 percent? Less than 25 percent? These questions are ever-present on the minds of risk managers, who long for at least a practical - if not precise - answer.

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May 17th, 2019

Week’s Top Stories: May 11 - 17, 2019

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A Risk Overview of Wildfire: Today, the frequency and severity of wildfires are garnering greater attention-not only from the media, but also from (re)insurers, catastrophe modelers, mitigation experts and other invested parties. As the industry searches for better understanding of this dynamic risk, Guy Carpenter’s GC Wildfire Diagnostic (SM) helps carriers differentiate and drive profitable growth using a bespoke selection of innovative, technology-based tools and services that span the disciplines of underwriting strategy, analytics and risk transfer.

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Flood Risk Challenges in Asia: Flood is one of the most significant natural catastrophe perils, globally accounting for nearly 40 percent of all catastrophe events. In 2017, floods accounted for nearly half of the natural catastrophe events and 65 percent of natural catastrophe deaths in the world - two thirds of the deaths occurring in Asia. According to the Lloyd’s City Risk Index, which examines flood risk as a percentage of GDP, nine of the top 10 cities at risk are located in Asia.

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Chart: Combined Ratio for Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, Year-End 2018: Chart presents combined ratio of the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2005 through year-end 2018.

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The Middle East and North Africa Risks Landscape: The results of climate inaction are becoming increasingly clear. The year 2018 was the fourth warmest on record. In the MENA region, Algeria had the hottest temperature - 51.3ºC - ever reliably recorded across the whole of Africa, and Oman recorded a minimum temperature of 42.6ºC. Rising temperatures led the United Nations to warn that melting ice sheets were causing sea-level rise to accelerate. The World Bank identified 24 port cities in the Middle East and 19 in North Africa at particular risk of rising waters.

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A Dynamic Approach to Managing Life Reinsurance Arrangements: The traditional life reinsurance model typically involves perpetual treaties linked to an underlying product. In order to create alignment between the contracting parties, the treaty would follow the underlying terms of the product. However, the treaty structure may concurrently include provisions that reduce alignment between the insurer and reinsurer, to the insurer’s detriment. This approach is often wrapped in the reinsurer’s “value proposition” - providing services to support the pricing, underwriting and claims management of the underlying product.

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Methodological Considerations in the Statistical Modeling of Catastrophe Bond Prices: 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.

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May 16th, 2019

Asia Pacific Focus – Insights from Guy Carpenter

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Here we present a recap of recent thought leadership from Guy Carpenter focusing on important insurance and reinsurance topics in Asia Pacific.

Understanding Flood Risk in Malaysia Through Catastrophe Modeling: According to Malaysia’s Department of Irrigation and Drainage, the many rivers running through the country put about 9 percent of the total land area under flood risk, potentially affecting 2.7 million people. Rapid urbanization is only going to worsen the problem through rising population concentrations and at-risk infrastructure, land consumption and the channeling of water courses.

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

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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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Asia’s Health Care Industry Reels from Cyberattacks: Health care is one of the sectors most vulnerable to cyberattacks, with more than one in four (27 percent) health care organizations reporting that they have been a victim of a cyberattack in the past 12 months.

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May 15th, 2019

The Middle East and North Africa Risks Landscape

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mena_risks_briefing_paper_cover-thumbnail1The results of climate inaction are becoming increasingly clear. The year 2018 was the fourth warmest on record (1). In the MENA region, Algeria had the hottest temperature - 51.3ºC - ever reliably recorded across the whole of Africa, and Oman recorded a minimum temperature of 42.6ºC (2). Rising temperatures led the United Nations to warn that melting ice sheets were causing sea-level rise to accelerate. The World Bank identified 24 port cities in the Middle East and 19 in North Africa at particular risk of rising waters (3).

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May 14th, 2019

Flood Risk Challenges in Asia

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mark-weatherhead-finalFlood is one of the most significant natural catastrophe perils, globally accounting for nearly 40 percent of all catastrophe events. In 2017, floods accounted for nearly half of the natural catastrophe events and 65 percent of natural catastrophe deaths in the world - two thirds of the deaths occurring in Asia. According to the Lloyd’s City Risk Index, which examines flood risk as a percentage of GDP, nine of the top 10 cities at risk are located in Asia, according to Mark Weatherhead, Head of Model Development - International, Guy Carpenter.

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May 13th, 2019

A Risk Overview of Wildfire

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Today, the frequency and severity of wildfires are garnering greater attention-not only from the media, but also from (re)insurers, catastrophe modelers, mitigation experts and other invested parties.

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