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May 26th, 2015

Benchmarks for Enterprise Risk Management Disclosures

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Here we present GC Capital Ideas’ stories on analyses of enterprise risk management disclosures. A 2014 study updated the analysis done in 2009, one of our most popular stories. The full briefings are attached.

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May 18th, 2015

GC Capital Ideas Videocasts

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A key feature of GC Capital Ideas is its Videocast series. Here we review recent video posts: 

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May 7th, 2015

Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which is Best for Solvency Capital?

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matt-day-headshot-sm5ross-milburn-pic-128x149smallMatthew Day, Senior Vice President, Guy Carpenter Strategic Advisory and Ross Milburn, Managing Director, GC Securities*, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd., which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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Here we review how a holistic approach to managing solvency capital requirements can benefit insurers’ bottom line: 

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April 30th, 2015

Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which Is Best for Solvency Capital? Part III

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matt-day-headshot-sm7ross-milburn-pic-128x149small2Matthew Day, Senior Vice President, Guy Carpenter Strategic Advisory and Ross Milburn, Managing Director,  GC Securities*, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd., which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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What About Volatility?

Insurers understand volatility in respect of their insurance and investment risk and reinsurance can play a significant role in controlling this. However, another form of volatility exists in respect of the pricing and availability of reinsurance and sub debt. To counter this clients are encouraged to consider multi-year reinsurance transactions, retroactive solutions and to explore sub debt issuance that by nature is long term. By staggering the end-dates of different transactions, a natural hedge against rising rates on line and debt market spreads can be created.

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April 29th, 2015

Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which Is Best for Solvency Capital? Part II

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matt-day-headshot-sm6ross-milburn-pic-128x149small1Matthew Day, Senior Vice President, Guy Carpenter Strategic Advisory and Ross Milburn, Managing Director,  GC Securities*, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd., which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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Increasing the Permanent Capital Available

Sub debt is an additional part of the capital tool kit available to insurers and can often be used to greater effect as part of a tailored solution than in isolation. In conjunction with a risk and/or capital management-based approach to the mitigation of each of the solvency capital requirement (SCR) components, management may consider issuing sub debt to provide growth capital (organic and through acquisition) as well as make a longer term contribution to SCR coverage.

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April 28th, 2015

Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which Is Best for Solvency Capital? Part I

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matt-day-headshot-sm5ross-milburn-pic-128x149smallMatthew Day, Senior Vice President, Guy Carpenter Strategic Advisory and Ross Milburn, Managing Director,  GC Securities*, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd., which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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In recent months a number of market commentators have opined on the merits of proportional reinsurance versus subordinated debt (sub debt), some favoring reinsurance solutions and some favoring sub debt, but generally finding results in line with the products their companies offered. Guy Carpenter feels reinsurance or sub debt alone is unlikely to provide the best solution to meet solvency capital requirements. Instead, a blended approach should be considered.

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April 27th, 2015

GC Securities* Catastrophe Bond Update, First Quarter 2015

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High-volume maturities coupled with a diverse and steady stream of new issuances created a dynamic market environment in the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter of each year is particularly active in terms of issuance for the property/casualty (P&C) catastrophe bond market, and this characteristic continued into 2015 as USD1.49 billion of 144A P&C catastrophe bond limit was successfully placed with investors, one of the highest first quarter volumes in the history of the 144A marketplace. However, the first quarter also had the highest ever volume of 144A P&C catastrophe bonds maturing, returning USD3.544 billion of principal to investors. As of March 31, 2015, USD20.813 billion of P&C 144A catastrophe bond risk capital was outstanding.

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April 22nd, 2015

Evolving Role of Reinsurance in Public Sector Risk

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Here we review the evolving role of reinsurance in mitigating public sector risk through the expanding deployment of reinsurance and capital market solutions: 

 

1. Capital Markets Developing Trends: Capital markets capacity continues to innovate as highlighted by the recent issuance of a catastrophe bond by the MTA . This issue, MetroCat, which came to market in July 2013, demonstrated the willingness of capital markets investors to assume storm surge and flood risk from named storms in a cost effective manner. 

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2. Public Entities, Insurers of Last Resort and Compulsory Cat Pools and Disaster Facilities: The use of capital markets-based risk transfer capacity by public entities, insurers of last resort, and compulsory catastrophe pools and disaster facilities continues to expand. These deals included Turkey’s Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool, Mexico’s FONDEN and New Zealand’s EQC. Most large U.S. insurers of last resort, such as CEA, Citizens (FL), Citizens (LA), North Carolina Joint Underwriting Association and the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association (NCJUA/NCIUA), and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, are utilizing capital markets capacity including collateralized reinsurance and catastrophe bonds. 

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3. GC Securities* Completes First Catastrophe Bond Issued By The World Bank On Behalf Of The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility: GC Securities announced the placement of Floating Rate CCRIF Catastrophe-Linked Capital at Risk Notes, with notional principal of USD30,000,000, issued by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, a member institution of the World Bank Group, to facilitate risk transfer on behalf of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (the CCRIF).  CCRIF is a risk-pooling facility that is designed to limit the financial impact on its sixteen Caribbean member governments resulting from catastrophic earthquakes and hurricanes by quickly providing financial liquidity when a policy is triggered. This is the first time that the CCRIF has utilized the cat bond market and the first catastrophe bond directly issued by the World Bank.

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March 25th, 2015

Public Entities, Insurers of Last Resort and Compulsory Cat Pools and Disaster Facilities

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The use of capital markets-based risk transfer capacity by public entities, insurers of last resort, and compulsory catastrophe pools and disaster facilities continues to expand. These deals included Turkey’s Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool, Mexico’s FONDEN and New Zealand’s EQC. Most large U.S. insurers of last resort, such as CEA, Citizens (FL), Citizens (LA), North Carolina Joint Underwriting Association and the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association (NCJUA/NCIUA), and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, are utilizing capital markets capacity including collateralized reinsurance and catastrophe bonds.

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March 24th, 2015

GC Strategic Advisory Update: Reinsurers Ratings Challenged with Negative Sector Outlook

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The major rating agencies covering the reinsurance sector (A.M. Best, S&P, Moody’s, Fitch) have all voiced concerns with the industry’s ability to adjust to the seemingly overwhelming headwinds currently facing the sector. With A.M. Best recently changing its outlook, the view of the reinsurance sector across the rating agencies is now unanimously negative.

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