Archive for the ‘Property’ Category



October 17th, 2017

California Wildfires – October 8-17, 2017 - Update

Posted at 6:52 PM ET

calif-wildfires-10-8-17-smWildfire activity has rendered especially severe impacts to certain areas of California since October 8, including areas of Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties. Wildfire activity has also rendered impacts to areas of Orange County east of the Los Angeles Metro area. Rates of extreme fire spread were enabled by especially dry conditions together with offshore gusty winds to burn a total of at least 217,566 acres since October 8. Media reports indicate at least 41 fatalities, making this the deadliest series of fires in California history. At least 5,700 structures have been destroyed and thousands more remain under threat. Containment efforts have made significant progress in the last week, thanks to efforts of at least 10,000 firefighters and reduced winds. Cooler conditions with an increase in moisture are expected this week with a chance for some precipitation over Northern California, according to the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS); this should support containment efforts. It will take some time to fully ascertain the full scope and severity of this event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected.

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October 17th, 2017

Integrating Growth and Enterprise Risk Management - GC@PCI Commentary

Posted at 8:30 AM ET

hettinger_cropped-smThomas Hettinger, Managing Director, Strategic Advisory

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  • There are indications that new A.M. Best Stochastic Based BCAR factor assignments may require more capital for companies entering a new line of business than for established writers growing in that line
  • Companies will be under extra pressure to choose growth strategies carefully because of potential capital pressures from A.M. Best and their potential for low returns due to the extended soft positions of many markets
  • With current capital positions evaluated, robust and current market insight is critical to accurately assess potential growth areas

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October 16th, 2017

New Vehicle Matches The Right Capital To Risk – GC@PCI Commentary

Posted at 1:30 PM ET

anger_cory-mngt-bio-largepriebe_david_photo-sm2Cory Anger, Global Head of ILS Origination and Structuring, GC Securities and David Priebe, Vice Chairman

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  • A new Marsh & McLennan vehicle provides unparalleled support in accessing long-term capital markets-based protection
  • A broader and more diverse range of capital sources brings better matching, more efficient solutions customized to the unique risk profile of clients
  • Provides a standardized documentation process and single point of access, in an efficient and cost effective manner

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October 16th, 2017

Interoperability: A Case For Open Source - GC@PCI Commentary

Posted at 11:30 AM ET

peter-hearn-2-smPeter Hearn, President & CEO

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  • Industry-wide call for increased transparency in cat modeling
  • Interoperability facilitates collaboration of multiple data sources
  • Open source models allow insurers to develop own view of risk

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October 16th, 2017

Flood Insurance: The 2018 Market Opportunity - GC@PCI Commentary

Posted at 8:30 AM ET

hayes_j_bio-sm1kulik-john-sm3Jonathan Hayes, Managing Director and John Kulik, Senior Vice President

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  • The U.S. insurance industry is actively seeking new opportunities for growth in a challenging market by identifying untapped customer needs. The potential flood market is over five times the size of the most often mentioned new market, cyber insurance
  • Greater access to flood data and loss results and more reliable exposure modeling are enhancing the flood (re)insurance marketplace
  • Several developments are helping carriers understand and monitor aggregation

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October 16th, 2017

Guy Carpenter Reports US Insurance Market at a Crossroads but Opportunity Exists

Posted at 8:20 AM ET

303405_guy-carpenter_cover-2-sm1Guy 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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October 15th, 2017

Just Say “Know” to Insurtech - GC@PCI Commentary

Posted at 1:30 PM ET

claude-yoder-cropClaude Yoder, Global Chief Innovation and Product Development Officer

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  • As insurtech offerings proliferate, to gain the advantages promised, companies need to know the opportunities afforded; know their own strengths and capabilities for engagement; and know their clients’ needs and expectations
  • Insurtech is the evolutionary next step for insurance through the combination of data, analytics and technology in new and innovative ways
  • Capturing information in real time through sensors or mobile devices is the newest process for the collection of data for analytics

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October 15th, 2017

Reinsurance Market Poised to Remain Vibrant Following Recent Catastrophe Events - GC@PCI Commentary

Posted at 11:30 AM ET

priebe_david_photo-sm1David Priebe, Vice Chairman

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  • The recent series of catastrophic events - earthquakes in Mexico, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria - is reminding cedents that reinsurance is one of the most effective ways to protect corporate capital bases
  • Harvey on its own is likely an earnings event that will probably not require an increase of industry capital; the addition of the cumulative effect of the earthquakes in Mexico and Hurricanes Irma and Maria, however, could create a capital event
  • The earthquakes and hurricanes provide an opportunity to define the viability and effectiveness of the 144A product. We expect that these instruments will demonstrate their effectiveness and serve their intended purpose

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October 12th, 2017

Investors’ View of the Insurance Market

Posted at 4:00 AM ET

Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas posts on the investors’ view of the current state of the insurance market.

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October 11th, 2017

The Digitization of the Insurance Industry

Posted at 4:00 AM ET

Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas posts on the developing digitization of the insurance industry.

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