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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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September 14th, 2017

Hurricane Irma - Update

Posted at 7:58 AM ET

hurricane-irma-9-13-smHurricane Irma was a large and destructive storm that rendered impacts to most of the Southeast United States including the Florida Keys as well as areas of the Caribbean. Impacts for areas of the Northern Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands, as well as northern Cuba have been especially severe. For the United States, the most severe impacts have been in the Florida Keys due to both wind and storm surge, with flood impacts as far away as coastal Georgia and northeast Florida. Wind impacts extend from Tennessee to the Carolinas to Florida. At least 67 fatalities have been reported. It will take time to fully assess the full scope and severity of this ongoing event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected.

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September 1st, 2017

Hurricane Harvey – Update

Posted at 7:03 AM ET

hurricane-harvey-8-31-smFollowing initial landfall, Hurricane Harvey continued to meander over southeast Texas while weakening to tropical storm status due to land interaction. Harvey then briefly emerged over the Gulf of Mexico before turning to the northeast and making a third landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, early Wednesday morning as a tropical storm. Harvey has since continued to move to the north-northeast and weakened further due to land interaction and dry air. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded Harvey from tropical storm to tropical depression status at 8 p.m. EDT on August 30, and discontinued tropical storm warnings at that time.

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August 4th, 2017

GC Securities Completes First Listed P&C Cat Bond Issued by World Bank International Bank for Reconstruction & Development’s Capital-at-Risk Program

Posted at 5:30 AM ET

GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, today announced the placement of a catastrophe bond benefitting the government of Mexico’s Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN). The $360,000,000, three-class catastrophe bond is issued by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (”World Bank” or “IBRD”), and represents the first listed property and catastrophe bond issued under its Capital-at-Risk notes program.

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July 10th, 2017

GC Securities* Completes First Ever Indemnity Triggered Multi-Europe Peril Only 144A Catastrophe Bond for Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.

Posted at 5:15 AM ET

GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, today announced the placement of Principal At-Risk Variable Rate Notes, with notional principal at €200,000,000, through a newly formed special purpose vehicle domiciled in Ireland, Lion II Re DAC, to benefit Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A., an Italian insurance company and the parent company of the Generali Group. This is the third time that Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. has utilized the insurance-linked securities market and is the first ever 144A cat bond to provide indemnity protection against multiple Europe perils.

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June 28th, 2017

GC Securities* Supports First Ever World Bank Catastrophe Bonds and Catastrophe-linked Swaps to Combat Infectious Disease

Posted at 9:31 PM ET

GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, participated in today’s pricing of bonds and catastrophe-linked swaps supporting pandemic risk. Part of an innovative new public-private partnership aimed at improving global resiliency and health security, the mechanism provides surge funding to developing countries facing a possible pandemic outbreak. GC Securities served as co-manager of the bonds and joint arranger of the swaps. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) was used by AIR Worldwide to provide expert risk modeling.

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June 14th, 2017

Marsh & McLennan Encourages the Industry’s Next Generation to Embrace Opportunities Created by Change

Posted at 2:28 AM ET

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.’s Young Professionals’ Global Forum 2017 opened in London today, with over 600 delegates attending the two-day event to hear from leading executives about the opportunities created by transformational changes impacting the insurance industry. Launched in 2013, this is the third year that MMC has sponsored this event which brings together insurance executives and the industry’s rising professionals. The Forum will culminate with a Gala Night celebrating the insurance industry’s extraordinary talent. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.

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June 5th, 2017

Survey: 80 Percent Say Treasury Plays a More Strategic Role Today Than Three Years Ago

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Treasurers increasingly play a more strategic role as their traditional roles become more critical to their organizations and they assume a wider range of responsibilities, including investor relations, insurance risk management, integrating supply chain management and real estate. This greater strategic role with more responsibilities illustrates the increasingly vital role that treasurers play in supporting senior executives, according to new research from the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP).

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May 8th, 2017

Insurtech in China: Revolutionizing the Insurance Industry: Part I

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

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


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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March 27th, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part I

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

aidan-pope-headshot-sm2Aidan Pope, Managing Director


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 (1); losses from Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean are still being assessed.

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