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May 25th, 2017

New Study Identifies Winners in Growing Insurtech Space

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A new report from consulting firm Oliver Wyman and insurtech investor Policen Direkt analyzes insurtech business models worldwide and pinpoints winners and losers.

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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 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 10th, 2017

Insurtech in China: Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry: Part III: Risks and Uncertainties Facing the Insurtech Industry

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cliff-sheng-portrait-sm3Cliff Sheng, Partner and Head of Financial Services, Greater China, Oliver Wyman

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Notwithstanding the tremendous scope and opportunity for certain simple products — such as travel insurance and shipping return insurance — in the Chinese insurtech market, several products such as auto insurance and universal life insurance face uncertainties owing to the following four factors:

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May 9th, 2017

Insurtech in China: Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry: Part II: Insurtech Makes Gains

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cliff-sheng-portrait-sm1Cliff Sheng, Partner and Head of Financial Services, Greater China, Oliver Wyman

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Insurtech is revolutionizing the insurance industry by bringing disruptive products and services to a market that is fast adopting, and increasingly moving toward, an online ecosystem. The market is also seeing a surge in the number of people who are aware of and are starting to understand the benefits of insurance.

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May 8th, 2017

Insurtech in China: Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry: Part I

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cliff-sheng-portrait-smCliff Sheng, Partner and Head of Financial Services, Greater China, Oliver Wyman

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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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May 1st, 2017

GC Capital Ideas Top Stories: April, 2017

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1.  The Insurance of Things & Industry 4.0 - A Matrix View: Technological progress and the accumulation of assets have not only stimulated the development of insurance products; they have in turn been nurtured by the availability of these offerings.

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2. Measuring Cyber Aggregation Risk: Cyber risk is now an embedded feature of the global risk landscape, and preventative risk management and post-event remediation are gaining importance as shareholders, customers, supply chain partners, and regulators are increasingly focused on how companies are managing for cyber risks. Insurance is becoming an important piece of the strategy for helping businesses address these risks.

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3. Analytics: Fueling Risk-Informed Decisions: Today’s rapidly changing global environment presents insurers with many challenges and opportunities as capital management and risk transfer techniques evolve at an unprecedented pace. Stakeholders, regulators and ratings agencies are deepening their focus on risk management practices, and revolutionary developments in technology, including the Internet of Things and hyper-connectivity, are driving companies to adapt to the challenges that senior management faces to support risk management decisions material to their business.

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4. China Risk Oriented Solvency System (C-ROSS): The China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) is instituting sweeping changes through its three-tiered China Risk Oriented Solvency System (C-ROSS) framework that will dramatically impact how (re)insurers conduct business. It will strengthen capital requirements, risk management and transparency disclosures - bringing China in line with, and in some cases overtaking, global standards. The C-ROSS framework is similar to Solvency II: three tiers focusing on quantitative, qualitative and disclosure requirements.

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5. 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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6. Chart: Source of Earnings for Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, YE 2016: Chart presents source of earnings for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite for year-end 2016 compared to year-end 2015.

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7. Guy Carpenter Reports Moderating Reinsurance Pricing Decline at January 1, 2017 Renewals: Guy Carpenter & Company reports the decline in reinsurance pricing moderated at the January 1, 2017 renewal across most classes of business and geographies, as compared to the past three renewal seasons.  Several sectors experienced increased loss activity, which had only a localized impact on pricing while capacity remained plentiful. After remaining fairly stable in 2015, dedicated reinsurance capital increased by 5 percent from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017 as calculated by Guy Carpenter and A.M. Best. The convergence capital segment increased by 10 percent.

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8. Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Globally, three of the ten most costly natural disaster events in the last 35 years occurred in total or in part in the Latin America/Caribbean (LAC) region; losses from Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean are still being assessed.

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9. 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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10. Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Europe/Middle East/Africa: On a global basis, approximately 70 percent of the economic loss caused by natural catastrophe events is not covered by insurance. This gap, the cost of uninsured events, frequently falls on governments through disaster relief, welfare payments and infrastructure repair and rebuilding. The ultimate cost of these responses causes a strain on public balance sheets and an increase in public debt, ultimately burdening taxpayers. The protection gap is increasing in emerging economies especially where the amount of natural catastrophe economic loss covered by insurance dropped from 25 percent in 2002 to approximately eight percent in 2014.

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April 18th, 2017

Measuring Cyber Aggregation Risk

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Julia Chu, Managing Director, Guy Carpenter and Ashwin Kashyap, Director of Product Management, Symantec Corporation

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Cyber risk is now an embedded feature of the global risk landscape, and preventative risk management and post-event remediation are gaining importance as shareholders, customers, supply chain partners and regulators are increasingly focused on how companies are managing for cyber risks. Insurance is becoming an important piece of the strategy for helping businesses address these risks.

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April 11th, 2017

Assessing Insurers in a Period of Rapid Change: Insurance Equity Analyst Survey 2016

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

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.

Continue reading…