Archive for the ‘Casualty’ Category



February 20th, 2018

Managing Catastrophe Model Change

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Incorporating new hazard and claims insights can improve the estimates derived from catastrophe models. By re-analyzing historical events using the latest scientific methods or refining claims with more granular geographical and line of business breakdowns, we can update models with the latest expertise and data. But model changes that yield large swings in loss estimates for frequent events must be carefully scrutinized to understand assumptions and processes in order to truly support ownership of risk.

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February 15th, 2018

Exploring the Excess & Surplus Industry: E&S Market Update and Projections

Posted at 2:00 AM ET

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The excess and surplus (E&S) lines segment of the insurance industry continues to be the essential market for risks for which¬† the standard insurance market typically does not offer coverage. From extremely hazardous conditions to highly unique business operations and unproven new products, these unconventional risks are often complex and challenging. The E&S market’s challenge is to develop products to cover these exposures utilizing its expertise and freedom of rate and form.

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February 14th, 2018

Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite: Third Quarter 2017

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Here we bring together recent Chart Room posts highlighting performance of the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite.

February 13th, 2018

Association of Financial Professionals/Marsh & McLennan Risk Survey Report: 2018

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Finance and treasury professionals are looking to adopt technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and robotic process automation, but few are prepared for the new business risks that may be associated with these technologies - especially cyber, business operations and regulatory risks.

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February 7th, 2018

Cyber Risk: The Stakes Have Changed for the C-Suite

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cover-thumbnail1Three major cyber events in 2017 set new precedents for the scope of damage wrought by cyber-attacks. This new report from Marsh & McLennan Companies and FireEye identifies the trends that are further complicating this new cyber reality, including regulation and new attack vectors, and recommends tangible actions that executives and board members can take to manage the risks.

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February 5th, 2018

GC Capital Ideas Top Stories: January, 2018

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1 .Guy Carpenter Reports Capital Growth and Market Resilience Despite 2017 Losses; Guy Carpenter has released an estimate of year-end reinsurance capital levels and results of the January 2018 reinsurance renewal.

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2. Chart: Return on Equity for Guy Carpenter Reinsurance Composite, Q3, 2017; Chart presents return on equity for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2005 through third quarter, 2017.

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3. Guy Carpenter Reports US Insurance Market at a Crossroads but Opportunity Exists; Guy Carpenter today released a study outlining a dynamic insurance industry facing a changing economy and pressure in once-stable lines, but with opportunity for those with management skill and understanding of risk.

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4. Threat Trends on Major Cyber Attacks in 2017; The Marsh & McLennan Companies Cyber Risk Handbook 2018 is published.

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5. Exploring the Excess & Surplus Industry: E&S Market Update and Projections; The excess and surplus (E&S) lines segment of the insurance industry continues to be the essential market for risks for which  the standard insurance market typically does not offer coverage.

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6. 2017 North Atlantic Hurricane Season; The 2017 North Atlantic Hurricane season was one of the most active seasons on record, a historic season in many respects, and certainly an impactful one. Those most severely affected residents are facing a long and difficult recovery that could last for years. They continue to have our thoughts and concerns.

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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.

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8. The Impact of Insurtech; Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas posts on the growing interest in insurtech and its impact on the insurance industry.

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9. Industry Must Develop Common Cyber Risk Currency; Diversification is essential for evolving the cyber insurance market, yet expanding the cyber remit beyond data confidentiality and further into areas such as operational technology risk, data availability and integrity demands a common cyber risk currency, according to Morley Speed, Managing Director, and Carolyn Morley, Chairman, Global Casualty, Guy Carpenter.

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10. Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite: Third Quarter 2017: Here we bring together recent Chart Room posts highlighting performance of the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite.

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February 1st, 2018

Cyber Risk in an Interconnected World; Part II

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

platt-jeremyJeremy S. Platt, Managing Director and U.S. Cyber Specialty Practice Leader

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The new year will also offer cyber carriers the chance to seize opportunities created by innovative technologies to adapt lessons from other lines of business. Today, risk management of a cyber event reflects characteristics of pandemic containment. The medical community has developed clearly defined metrics and rigorous procedures for public and private stakeholders to reduce the impact of an outbreak. Similarly, the date of occurrence, duration, common source connection, frequency and severity are significant factors in adjusting cyber (re)insurance claims, and often depend on some level of collaboration with public entities. But as discussed above, a common currency to analyze and discuss cyber exposures is still being perfected. Quantification of cyber losses is also complicated by “silent” all-risk policies where cyber is the peril, but no cyber exclusions exist.

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January 31st, 2018

Cyber Risk in an Interconnected World; Part I

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platt-jeremyJeremy S. Platt, Managing Director and US Cyber Specialty Practice Leader

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In a digital world, cyber exposure evolves every day, making it one of the most dynamic emerging risks in the industry. Just as the housing boom along the US shoreline accelerated property losses, the technological sophistication and digital connectivity of the global economy have increased the cyber threat for all sectors. As large-scale breaches become more damaging and pervasive, the (re)insurance industry needs to continue to innovate to address potential systemic events, aggregations, and modeling capabilities. As such, 2018 will be a year of product growth and new challenges. In order to advance this important market, we must develop a common analytical language, harness advanced modeling technologies and learn lessons from other lines of business.

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January 30th, 2018

Automobile Liability Market Update & Loss Trends Analysis

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

thumbanilFor most U.S. property and casualty (P&C) insurance companies, automobile liability (auto liability) line performance has typically been one of the major factors adversely impacting overall profitability in recent years. Since the economic crisis of 2008, combined ratios for the auto liability line have steadily deteriorated, putting pressure on carriers to advance strategies to reverse this trend. These strategies need to be developed in order to address the major components that negatively impact auto liability loss ratios - inadequate rates for the risk assumed and marked increases in both frequency and severity of loss.

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