June 22nd, 2015

Evolving Role of Reinsurance in Public Sector Risk

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Here we review the evolving role of reinsurance in mitigating public sector risk through the expanding deployment of reinsurance and capital market solutions: 

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June 19th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: June 13 — 19, 2015

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Microinsurance Consortium and Venture Incubator Announces New Name: The Microinsurance Consortium, led by a group of leading companies in the insurance industry, announced a new name for their microinsurance venture incubator (MVI) - Blue Marble Microinsurance. The consortium consists of American International Group, Inc., Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC together with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd., Old Mutual plc, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company, XL Catlin, and Zurich Insurance Group.

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Cyber-attacks: Mounting Concerns: Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas stories on mounting concerns over cyber-attacks.

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Cat Bond Update: Q1 2015 - Issuance Reaches Historic Volume: GC Securities’* briefing, “Catastrophe Bond Update: First Quarter 2015″ is now available.

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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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Parametric CAT Derivatives to “Build Back Better”: Destruction caused by catastrophes often unfolds due to inadequate construction practices or land use planning. The likely response to these events is to strive to “build back better,” in part by addressing the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, communities that embrace this challenge often find that they lack the financial resources for it and ambitious reconstruction projects lose momentum.

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And, You May Have Missed…

Tropical Storm Bill: Tropical Storm Bill made landfall at about 11:45 CDT (16:45 UTC) on Matagorda Island, Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 60 mph according to the NHC. Bill inflicted storm force winds, a storm surge of at least three feet and heavy rainfall to an area still saturated from the excessive rains of last month.

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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.

June 18th, 2015

Parametric CAT Derivatives to “Build Back Better”

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franco_guillermo_bioGuillermo Franco, Head of Catastrophe Risk Research - EMEA

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Destruction caused by catastrophes often unfolds due to inadequate construction practices or land use planning. The likely response to these events is to strive to “build back better,” in part by addressing the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, communities that embrace this challenge often find that they lack the financial resources for it and ambitious reconstruction projects lose momentum.

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June 17th, 2015

Tropical Storm Bill

Posted at 2:15 PM ET

bill-track-2015-smallTropical Storm Bill made landfall at about 11:45 CDT (16:45 UTC) yesterday on Matagorda Island, Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 60 mph according to the NHC. Bill inflicted storm force winds, a storm surge of at least three feet and heavy rainfall to an area still saturated from the excessive rains of last month.

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June 17th, 2015

Cyber-attacks: Mounting Concerns

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Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas stories on mounting concerns over cyber-attacks.

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June 16th, 2015

Cat Bond Update: Q1 2015 — Issuance Reaches Historic Volume

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GC Securities’* briefing, “Catastrophe Bond Update: First Quarter 2015″ is now available.

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June 15th, 2015

Microinsurance Consortium and Venture Incubator Announces New Name

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The Microinsurance Consortium, led by a group of leading companies in the insurance industry, today announced a new name for their microinsurance venture incubator (MVI) - Blue Marble Microinsurance. The consortium consists of American International Group, Inc., Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC together with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd., Old Mutual plc, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company, XL Catlin, and Zurich Insurance Group.

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June 12th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: June 6 — 12, 2015

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Guy Carpenter Launches CAT Risk Studio to Enhance Catastrophe Risk Analysis Capabilities: Guy Carpenter launched CAT Risk Studio (CRS), a new division that will support Guy Carpenter’s Model Suitability Analysis (MSA)® initiative and will work closely with GC Securities* on the development of parametric products for catastrophe risk transfer. CRS establishes Guy Carpenter’s presence at the Marsh & McLennan Innovation Centre in Dublin, Ireland.

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Guy Carpenter Launches the Financial Institutions and Cyber Components of the GC ForCas℠ Casualty Catastrophe Modeling Platform: Guy Carpenter announced the launch of the Financial Institutions and Cyber components of the GC ForCas casualty catastrophe modeling platform. GC ForCas is a stochastic modeling platform developed to help insurance carriers better understand their exposure to casualty catastrophe losses resulting from the accumulation of U.S. Commercial Lines insurance policies.

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June 1, 2015 Renewals Show Rate of Price Declines Moderating: Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, a leading global risk and reinsurance specialist and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, reports that after two years of  price decreases averaging 15 percent on U.S. property catastrophe placements, risk-adjusted pricing moderated at the most recent June renewals.

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Global Catastrophe Overview - 2014: 2014 was a quiet year, with significant insured losses totaling around USD33 billion. Insured losses were below the ten-year and five-year moving averages of around USD59 billion and USD56 billion, respectively.

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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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And, You May Have Missed…

GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Alamo Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes for the State of Texas’s Windpool: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of the Series 2015-1 Notes, with notional principal of USD 700,000,000, through the existing catastrophe bond shelf program, Alamo Re Ltd., to benefit the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). This is the largest 144A catastrophe bond completed to date in 2015 and the second time that TWIA has utilized the cat bond market to manage its tropical cyclone risks.

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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.

June 11th, 2015

Review – Americas Cat Losses - 2014

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Here we review the Americas catastrophe losses for 2014.

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June 10th, 2015

Guy Carpenter Appoints Paul Summers as Head of International Facultative Reinsurance

Posted at 6:51 AM ET

Guy Carpenter today announced that Paul Summers will be joining the company as Managing Director and Head of International Facultative Reinsurance, following completion of his current contractual notice period. He will assume this role from Massimo Reina, who will become Chairman of the division and will concentrate on his duties as CEO of Continental Europe & MENA.

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