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November 16th, 2018

Week’s Top Stories: November 10 - November 16, 2018

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A Math Formula May Offer a Solution to Insurers’ Critical Challenges: Guy Carpenter has developed a methodology that applies a mathematical formula to provide insurers and reinsurers with a unified, practical framework for risk pricing and capital allocation.

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Silent Cyber Explained: “Silent cyber,” also known as unintended or non-affirmative coverage, refers to the unknown or unquantified exposures stemming from cyber perils that may be triggered within traditional property and liability insurance policies. The systemic nature of the cyber risk means silent cyber may become increasingly more prevalent in virtually every type of insurance policy.

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Increasing Frequency of Extreme Weather Events in Asia Pacific: The Asia Pacific may be the most adversely impacted region by the pronounced increase in the frequency of extreme weather events around the world. The Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Catastrophe Report 2017 projects an increase in economic losses from natural disasters in Asia, which amounted to USD 126 million a day between 2006 to 2015.

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GC Videocast - Emerging Cyber Risks Explained: The “years of data breaches,” 2013 and 2014, evolved to healthcare breaches, followed by ransomware attacks. What cyber perils lie ahead?  Guy Carpenter’s Jeremy S. Platt, Managing Director and Cyber Solutions Specialty Practice Leader; and Chris Shafer, Assistant Vice President at Cyber Solutions Specialty Practice, explain in the video.

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Wildfire Activity – California: Significant wildfires have affected areas of northern and southern California due to extremely dry, windy conditions and very dry fuels. In Northern California, the Camp Fire has burned at least 130,000 acres since November 8 and claimed at least 48 lives, making this the deadliest wildfire in known California history. Damage survey efforts are still ongoing, however initial reports indicate at least 7,600 residences destroyed with another 225 damaged. Meanwhile in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire has consumed at least 97,620 acres along with 483 structures, and at least two lives. Ongoing dry, windy conditions have offset containment efforts.

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Safeguarding Development in Asia-Pacific – Upgrading Infrastructure to Match Demand: In many parts of Asia-Pacific, infrastructure development does not meet the region’s rapid economic growth and urbanization, according to the latest report by Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Asia-Pacific Risk Center. The study, titled “From Threats to Impact - Evolving Risk Concerns in Asia-Pacific,” notes a finding by Asian Development Bank (ADB) that developing countries in Asia-Pacific and central Asia will require an additional USD 22 trillion for infrastructure development to maintain economic growth and eradicate poverty between 2015 and 2030.

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November 15th, 2018

GC Videocast - Emerging Cyber Risks Explained

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

The “years of data breaches,” 2013 and 2014, evolved to healthcare breaches, followed by ransomware attacks. What cyber perils lie ahead?  Guy Carpenter’s Jeremy S. Platt, Managing Director and Cyber Solutions Specialty Practice Leader; and Chris Shafer, Assistant Vice President at Cyber Solutions Specialty Practice, explain in the video.

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November 14th, 2018

Wildfire Activity – California

Posted at 9:37 PM ET

calwildfires-smallSignificant wildfires have affected areas of northern and southern California due to extremely dry, windy conditions and very dry fuels. In Northern California, the Camp Fire has burned at least 130,000 acres since November 8 and claimed at least 48 lives, making this the deadliest wildfire in known California history. Damage survey efforts are still ongoing, however initial reports indicate at least 7,600 residences destroyed with another 225 damaged. Meanwhile in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire has consumed at least 97,620 acres along with 483 structures, and at least two lives. Ongoing dry, windy conditions have offset containment efforts. However, aggressive firefighting efforts of over 5,100 firefighters have brought the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire to 35 and 47 percent containment, respectively. The cause of these fires remains under investigation, according to Cal Fire. A federal disaster area has been declared to better allow emergency assistance. Improving weather conditions should enable greater progress with containment effortsover the coming days.

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November 14th, 2018

Safeguarding Development in Asia-Pacific – Upgrading Infrastructure to Match Demand

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

_offset_472526_smallIn many parts of Asia-Pacific, infrastructure development does not meet the region’s rapid economic growth and urbanization, according to the latest report by Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Asia-Pacific Risk Center. The study, titled “From Threats to Impact - Evolving Risk Concerns in Asia-Pacific,” notes a finding by Asian Development Bank (ADB) that developing countries in Asia-Pacific and central Asia will require an additional USD 22 trillion for infrastructure development to maintain economic growth and eradicate poverty between 2015 and 2030.

Continue reading…

November 13th, 2018

A Math Formula May Offer a Solution to Insurers’ Critical Challenges

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Guy Carpenter has developed a methodology that applies a mathematical formula to provide insurers and reinsurers with a unified, practical framework for risk pricing and capital allocation.

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November 12th, 2018

Increasing Frequency of Extreme Weather Events in Asia Pacific

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

_offset_472526_smallThe Asia Pacific may be the most adversely impacted region by the pronounced increase in the frequency of extreme weather events around the world. The Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Catastrophe Report 2017 projects an increase in economic losses from natural disasters in Asia, which amounted to USD 126 million a day between 2006 to 2015 (1).

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November 9th, 2018

Week’s Top Stories: November 3 - November 9, 2018

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

Silent Cyber Explained: “Silent cyber,” also known as unintended or non-affirmative coverage, refers to the unknown or unquantified exposures stemming from cyber perils that may be triggered within traditional property and liability insurance policies. The systemic nature of the cyber risk means silent cyber may become increasingly more prevalent in virtually every type of insurance policy.

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Evolving Terror Threats - Innovation Needed to Meet Changing Demands: New modes of attack are causing a shift from large terrorist events aimed at property destruction to less sophisticated attacks causing mass casualties and fear. With global commerce, tourism and financial markets impacted, demand is growing for modeling, capacity and protection-gap solutions to increase resiliency against such attacks.

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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, according to Jeff Fleming, Managing Director, Guy Carpenter.

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Solutions for Improving Profitability in the Commercial Auto Liability Line: One of the major factors affecting property/casualty industry profitability in the United States in recent years has been the poor performance of the commercial auto liability (CAL) line. On both a Calendar and Accident Year basis, industry CAL underwriting results have been deteriorating for the past decade. Accident Year combined ratios have been above 105 percent since 2010, and carriers are feeling the pressure to reverse this trend. Related lines of business such as umbrella, have also felt the adverse effects of challenging loss trends driven by CAL. It is an open question regarding which will arrive first: autonomous cars and trucks or underwriting profits for CAL writers, believes Nick Durant, Managing Director, Guy Carpenter.

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Baden-Baden Reinsurance Symposium Explores Market Impact of Global (Re)insurance Composites: Guy Carpenter hosted the Reinsurance Symposium in Baden-Baden on October 21, the 10th year that Guy Carpenter has hosted the event. The theme of the Symposium was “Back to the past: a return to global composites.”

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Recent Thought Leadership from Guy Carpenter – North America Focus: Here we present a recap of recent thought leadership from Guy Carpenter focusing on important insurance and reinsurance topics in North America.

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November 8th, 2018

Silent Cyber Explained

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

“Silent cyber,” also known as unintended or non-affirmative coverage, refers to the unknown or unquantified exposures stemming from cyber perils that may be triggered within traditional property and liability insurance policies. The systemic nature of the cyber risk means silent cyber may become increasingly more prevalent in virtually every type of insurance policy.

Fundamentally, silent cyber arises from policies that may not explicitly provide a cyber coverage grant or from a cyber exclusion that is poorly worded or unclear. The “gray area” of where liability lies can also arise if insuring agreements are satisfied but the insurer did not price for or contemplate loss scenarios originating from a cyber peril.

For example, a commercial building with a property insurance policy suffers a cyber-attack that leads to a structure fire, which in turn damages the building’s HVAC system; and the event results in disruption in occupancy and use for several weeks. If the building’s insurance policy has no explicit cyber coverage or exclusions or the exclusion for cyber is ambiguous, it can create a gray area about coverage. On the other hand, if the building has cyber insurance that covers the damage to the server, and property insurance that covers the damage to the property, then it may lead to questions over which policy covers the damage to HVAC and which one applies to the business interruption.

Guy Carpenter has best-in-class capabilities and has placed over 30 stand-alone and blended cyber programs globally that protect against non-affirmative silent cyber.

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November 7th, 2018

Recent Thought Leadership from Guy Carpenter – Asia Pacific Focus

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

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

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