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October 13th, 2018

Hurricane Michael

Posted at 11:11 AM ET

michael-smallHurricane Michael made landfall on October 10 as a high-end Category-4 hurricane on the Florida Panhandle, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The storm rendered severe to complete damage to areas from Panama City to Port Saint Joe, with especially severe damage in Mexico Beach due to severe wind and storm surge. Damage due to wind has caused roof and wall collapse, especially for cinderblock construction and even commercial properties. Some coastal areas of Mexico Beach have been scoured to the foundation by storm surge and wave battering. At least twelve fatalities have been reported by media, although this number could rise as damage survey and search and rescue efforts continue. Our thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected by this event. Hurricane Michael is the strongest hurricane to affect the Continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew (1992).

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October 11th, 2018

Healthcare & Cyber Risk – Takeaways

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

We conclude the series on Healthcare & Cyber Risk by listing the five key takeaways from the study Holding Healthcare to Ransom by Marsh & McLennan Companies Asia Pacific Risk Center. Continue reading…

October 4th, 2018

Marsh & McLennan Cyber Resilience Insights Microsite

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

As we enter National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a new resource from Marsh & McLennan Companies collates the best insights on cyber resilience from across the firm and its strategic cyber partnerships. Continue reading…

October 3rd, 2018

Cybersecurity Awareness

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

On the start of the 15th Cybersecurity Awareness Month, GC Capital Ideas has collected our recent articles that offer insights into this very critical risk. Cyber risk and security will remain a top priority for the foreseeable future. In addition to hackers and cyber criminals continuously developing new methods of attack, state-sponsored cyber-attacks have occurred according to the U.S. government. Continue reading…

October 1st, 2018

Super Typhoon Trami

Posted at 6:53 PM ET

trami-2-bigIn the West-Pacific Basin, Typhoon Trami made landfall in the city of Tanabe, Japan (Wakayama prefecture) on 30 September at around 11 UTC (8 PM local time), according to media reports. Before reaching Honshu, the typhoon had rendered considerable impacts while making close approach to Okinawa, Kyūshū and Shikoku Islands. Trami brought significant flood impacts as a result of heavy rainfall and storm surge, as well as variable property damage due to wind. Significant power outages and transportation disruption have been reported by media. Over 4.3 million people were given evacuation orders or advisories. Media reports indicate at least four fatalities and 120 injured. It will take time to fully assess the complete scope and severity of the event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected.

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September 25th, 2018

Finding the ‘Right’ InsurTech – The Efficient and Insurance-centric Strategy

Posted at 1:11 PM ET

claude-yoder-crop1Claude Yoder, Global Head of Innovation and Product Development


The transformational advances that have impacted nearly everything we do are quickly catching up with the insurance industry and the urgency to further automate and integrate technology into the business is rapidly rising.

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September 18th, 2018

Super Typhoon Mangkhut

Posted at 4:20 PM ET

mangkhutsmallIn the West Pacific Basin, Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in Northern Luzon as a Category-5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale just after 18 UTC September 14, according to advisories of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). Significant impacts have been reported by media including severe damage due to wind and flooding as well as mudslides. Impacts to agricultural interests in the area have also been reported. After some weakening, Mangkhut then made final landfall just west of Hong Kong as a Category-1 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale just after 06 UTC September 16 in Taishan, according to JTWC and media reports. Considerable impacts due to wind and flooding were reported in Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong. Media reports indicate at least 70 fatalities as a result of Mangkhut, and our thoughts and concerns are with those lost and affected by this event.

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September 9th, 2018

Mw 6.6 Earthquake – Iburi, Hokkaido

Posted at 8:48 PM ET

hokaido-earthquake-smallA magnitude (Mw) 6.6 earthquake struck the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan at 18:07 UTC on  September 5 (03.07 JST on September 6), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter was located at a depth of 33.4 km in the Iburi Subprefecture, about 20 km east of the coastal city of Tomakomai and 62 km southeast of Sapporo. No tsunami warning was issued. The event triggered significant landsliding causing damage to buildings and vehicles, as well as widespread power outages. Reports indicate nearly three million households without power, affecting about half of the 5.3 million residents of the Island. Media reports indicate at least sixteen fatalities and over 150 injured, with 26 others still missing. It will take time to fully assess the scope and severity of this event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those affected.

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September 9th, 2018

A Strategy for Market Volatility: Portfolio Optimization - GC@MC Commentary

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

dhru_jay_1day_matthew_biosnyder_jack_bioJay Dhru, Global Head of Business Intelligence; Matthew Day, Managing Director; Jack Snyder, Managing Director, Ratings Advisory


  • Rising loss costs and expenses consume an ever larger portion of reserves
  • Optimized portfolio construction as vital as upfront underwriting of a risk
  • Excess capacity is pressuring insurers’ underwriting profitability

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