May 19th, 2015

Emerging Risk Challenges And Opportunities

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A cursory reading of just a few of the publications on the topic of emerging risks quickly resembles a crash-course in risk aversion therapy. We have been subjected to a bewildering and ever lengthening series of lists of emerging risks. Swiss Re recently identified 26 such risks (1), Hannover Re has an ongoing list of 14 while the World Economic Forum in its Global Risks 2014 (2) lists 31 global risks (3).

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May 18th, 2015

GC Capital Ideas Videocasts

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A key feature of GC Capital Ideas is its Videocast series. Here we review recent video posts: 

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May 15th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: May 9 — 15, 2015

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Approach of Atlantic Hurricane Season: As we approach the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we review CAT-i stories covering the major storms from 2014.

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Guy Carpenter Appoints Former New York State Superintendent of Insurance James Wrynn as Vice Chairman of US Strategic Advisory: Guy Carpenter announced the appointment of former New York State Superintendent of Insurance James J. Wrynn as Vice Chairman of US Strategic Advisory and a Managing Director. Mr. Wrynn reports to Andrew Marcell, CEO of US Operations, Guy Carpenter, effective, May 11.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Impact of Insurance Market Cycles on Insurers’ Reserves: Here we review GC Capital Ideas stories on the impact of insurance market cycles on insurers’ reserves.

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Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which is Best for Solvency Capital?: Here we review how a holistic approach to managing solvency capital requirements can benefit insurers’ bottom line.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Cat Bonds: 2015 Trends: Pricing levels for first quarter 2015 deals will be influenced by the number of bonds maturing during the period. January alone will see USD2.3 billion of principal returned to investors as ten transactions have or are set to mature (absent any triggering event). Additionally, another USD1.24 billion of capital will be returned to investors in February and March, taking the total notional value of first quarter 2015 maturities to USD3.54 billion. Such maturities in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space in the first half of 2015, which has the highest percentage of outstanding cat bonds as of the end of the preceding year since 2011, is expected to provide further pressure to lower ILS pricing.

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May 14th, 2015

Affordable Care Act: Health Insurers Addressing the Need to Develop New Strategies

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It has been a little over four years since the enactment and subsequent implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more widely known as the ACA. The impact on the insurance industry as a whole has been tremendous, but it has not been shared equally among the industry subsectors. While the property/casualty (P&C) industry was not exactly spared, receiving a comparatively “light touch,” the ACA has been a catalyst helping create a transformational bridge between the P&C and the health insurance industries.

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May 13th, 2015

Guy Carpenter Appoints Garrick Smith as US Sales Leader for the Excess & Surplus Lines Specialty Practice

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Guy Carpenter today announced the appointment of Garrick L. Smith as Managing Director and US Sales Leader for the firm’s Excess & Surplus Lines Specialty Practice. Mr. Smith is reporting to William M. Allen, Executive Vice President and Chairman of the Practice.

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May 13th, 2015

Approach of Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season

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As we approach the beginning of the 2015 Eastern Pacific Hurricane Season, we review CAT-i stories covering the major storms from 2014.

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May 12th, 2015

Approach of Atlantic Hurricane Season

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As we approach the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we review CAT-i stories covering the major storms from 2014. 

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May 11th, 2015

Guy Carpenter Appoints Former New York State Superintendent of Insurance James Wrynn as Vice Chairman of US Strategic Advisory

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Guy Carpenter today announced the appointment of former New York State Superintendent of Insurance James J. Wrynn as Vice Chairman of US Strategic Advisory and a Managing Director. Mr. Wrynn reports to Andrew Marcell, CEO of US Operations, Guy Carpenter, effective today, May 11.

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May 8th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: May 2 — 8, 2015

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Impact of Insurance Market Cycles on Insurers’ Reserves: Here we review GC Capital Ideas stories on the impact of insurance market cycles on insurers’ reserves.

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New Solutions Help Mutual Insurers Face Market Challenges: Mutual insurance companies of all sizes currently face challenging market conditions where success requires not only focused distribution and operational excellence, but also access to increasingly sophisticated analytics services and products. How these firms use their resources and advanced technology to respond to these issues will separate market outperformers from underperformers.

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Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which Is Best for Solvency Capital?: In recent months a number of market commentators have opined on the merits of proportional reinsurance versus subordinated debt (sub debt), some favoring reinsurance solutions and some favoring sub debt, but generally finding results in line with the products their companies offered. Guy Carpenter feels reinsurance or sub debt alone is unlikely to provide the best solution to meet solvency capital requirements. Instead, a blended approach should be considered.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015. 

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7.8Mw Earthquake - Lamjung, Nepal: Nepal experienced a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 25, followed by two major aftershocks on April 25 and 26 of magnitude 6.6 and 6.7, respectively, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Media reports indicate at least 5,582 fatalities, 11,200 injuries, and at least eight million people affected. Infrastructure and transportation routes have been severely disrupted and food and water shortages are of great concern. The USGS PAGER service estimates most probable economic losses between USD1 and USD10 billion. It is clear from media reports that impacts have been widespread and of excessive severity and our first thoughts and concerns are with the millions affected by this tragic event.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Catastrophe Bond Indemnity Trigger in 2014: Eighty-one percent of the property and casualty (P&C) risk capital (based only on 144A cat bond transactions) was structured with an indemnity trigger on either a per-occurrence, annual aggregate or multi-year aggregate basis. The use of indemnity triggers increased steadily from a low of 30 percent in 2011 to 55 percent in 2013.

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Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

May 7th, 2015

Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which is Best for Solvency Capital?

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matt-day-headshot-sm5ross-milburn-pic-128x149smallMatthew Day, Senior Vice President, Guy Carpenter Strategic Advisory and Ross Milburn, Managing Director, GC Securities*, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd., which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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Here we review how a holistic approach to managing solvency capital requirements can benefit insurers’ bottom line: 

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