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May 23rd, 2017

Evolving Risks Landscape: 2008—2017

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Social and environmental risks have supplanted economic ones as issues of greatest concern among respondents to the Global Risks Perception Survey. The survey was completed by almost 750 members of the World Economic Forum’s global multistakeholder community and the results analyzed in the World Economic Forum 2017 Global Risks Report, which was published by the World Economic Forum with support from Marsh & McLennan Companies and other partners.

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May 22nd, 2017

Chart: The Matrix of Cyber and Property Lines Insurance Coverage

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Chart examines the policy coverage matrix between cyber and property lines of insurance coverage. Below shows how the four types of subject matter (columns A-D) are generally covered by direct policies, relative to the various types of cyber and property perils (rows 1-5). Where cover is predominantly provided by property or cyber, the relevant icon is shown in blue. Where there is a degree of ambiguity, or coverage is limited, the icon is shown in gray.

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May 19th, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: May 13 — 19, 2017

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Disruptive Forces Redefining the Role of Insurance: Fundamental disruptive forces are driving monumental changes in the global economy at an unprecedented rate. These forces compel the (re)insurance industry to adjust to the new reality and capitalize on the opportunities created.

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Canada Flood Events, May 6 - 11: A slow-moving upper-level weather pattern with an embedded frontal system has brought periods of heavy rainfall to areas of eastern Canada to include the Saint Lawrence, Ottawa and Rideau Rivers and surrounding watersheds. The heavy rainfall together with melting snow has caused significant flooding for areas of southern Québec and eastern Ontario to include areas of Montréal and the National Capital Region. Flood control measures in north Montréal were also compromised, causing the flood threat to amplify. At least 4,141 homes have been flooded in Québec.

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Chart: Top Ten Catastrophe Bond Transactions for 2016: The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2016.

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Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Asia Pacific: According to United Nations estimates, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in Eastern, Southern and Southeastern Asia. The region hosts 778 million urban inhabitants and seven out of the world’s top ten most populated cities. The region is also home to every major peril - from cyclone to tsunami - and has experienced some of the world’s largest catastrophes based on economic loss. While there are natural catastrophes all over the world, Asia is a unique confluence of people and perils.

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Insurtech in China: Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry: China’s capital markets aren’t yet mature enough to support financial innovation; meanwhile, existing state-owned financial institutions are not reforming quickly enough. This gap in supply has provided opportunities for Chinese fintech players - who are being supported by rapidly growing online ecosystems and a tech-savvy population - in diverse fields ranging from investing to payments.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Assessing Insurers in a Period of Rapid Change: Insurance Equity Analyst Survey 2016: Guy Carpenter has collaborated with Mercer to survey insurance equity analysts to understand the possible objectives and aspirations of insurance company shareholders. Incorporating or at least considering the views of various stakeholders will be critical for insurers in ensuring that they are moving along the right path, especially in this uncertain environment.

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May 18th, 2017

Chart: Top Ten Catastrophe Bond Transactions For 2016

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The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2016.

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May 17th, 2017

Disruptive Forces Affecting the (Re)insurance Industry

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Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas posts about disruptive forces affecting the (re)insurance industry.

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May 16th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Asia Pacific: Part II: Highlights of Recent Initiatives

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graham-jones-smGraham Jones, Senior Vice President

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In July 2016, the China Residential Earthquake Insurance Pool (CREIP) was jointly established by the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) and Ministry of Finance. In development since 2014, the scheme consists of 45 insurers distributing policies with basic limits of USD 7,500 and USD 3,000 for urban and rural residents, respectively. Coverage up to a maximum limit of USD 150,000 is negotiable. The claims process has been simplified with payouts equaling zero, 50 or 100 percent of the policy limit based on five damage levels.

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May 15th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Asia Pacific: Part I

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Graham Jones, Senior Vice President

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According to United Nations estimates, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in Eastern, Southern and Southeastern Asia. The region hosts 778 million urban inhabitants and seven out of the world’s top ten most populated cities. The region is also home to every major peril - from cyclone to tsunami - and has experienced some of the world’s largest catastrophes based on economic loss. While there are natural catastrophes all over the world, Asia is a unique confluence of people and perils.

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May 12th, 2017

Canada Flood Events, May 6 - 11

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canadaflood-5-11-map-smA slow-moving upper-level weather pattern with an embedded frontal system has brought periods of heavy rainfall to areas of eastern Canada to include the Saint Lawrence, Ottawa and Rideau Rivers and surrounding watersheds. The heavy rainfall together with melting snow has caused significant flooding for areas of southern Québec and eastern Ontario to include areas of Montréal and the National Capital Region. Flood control measures in north Montréal were also compromised, causing the flood threat to amplify. At least 4,141 homes have been flooded in Québec. More heavy rainfall is expected over the coming days.

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May 12th, 2017

Week’s Top Stories: May 6 — 12, 2017

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Insurtech in China: Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry: China’s capital markets aren’t yet mature enough to support financial innovation; meanwhile, existing state-owned financial institutions are not reforming quickly enough. This gap in supply has provided opportunities for Chinese fintech players - who are being supported by rapidly growing online ecosystems and a tech-savvy population - in diverse fields ranging from investing to payments.

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Chart: Top Ten Catastrophe Bond Transactions For 2016: The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2016.

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Chart: Combined Ratio for Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, YE 2016: Chart presents combined ratio for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2005 through year-end 2016.

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Midwestern United States Flood/SCS Event, April 28 - May 4: A significant severe thunderstorm outbreak with heavy rainfall has affected areas from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes and Northeast, with historic flooding in parts of the Central Mississippi Valley. Significant rainfall amounts of over ten inches occurred over saturated soils of the Central Mississippi Valley and surrounding watersheds. The rainfall produced historic flooding on some rivers, and the Mississippi River itself is expected to approach record flood stage at Cape Girardeau over the coming days. Flood impacts have been locally severe and include reports of property damage, numerous road closures, evacuations and water rescues. A levee breach has forced evacuations near Pocahontas, Arkansas.

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Managing Catastrophe Model Uncertainty, Issues and Challenges: Here we repeat our series authored by John Major, which focuses on the issues and challenges in managing catastrophe model uncertainty.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Guy Carpenter Hosts International Forum: Building Sustainable Flood Insurance Solutions: Guy Carpenter & Company hosted an international forum entitled “Building sustainable flood insurance solutions” in Berlin on May 9-10. The event brought together leading figures from science and academia, non-governmental organizations and the (re)insurance industry to examine the rapidly growing impact of flooding and explore measures to significantly reduce that impact.

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May 11th, 2017

Chart: Top Ten Catastrophe Bond Transactions For 2016

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The table lists the top ten catastrophe bond transactions that were completed in 2016.

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