Posts Tagged ‘A.M. Best’



January 18th, 2018

Guy Carpenter Reports Capital Growth and Market Resilience Despite 2017 Losses

Posted at 2:00 AM ET

lighthouse-thumb-22Guy Carpenter has released an estimate of year-end reinsurance capital levels and results of the January 2018 reinsurance renewal.

According to the analysis, capital dedicated to reinsurance continued to grow in 2017 despite catastrophe losses. Due to ongoing excess supply and overall market resilience at January 1, rate firming was generally moderate and pricing shifts focused on client-specific justification.

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December 4th, 2017

Critical Tool for Making Strategic Enterprise Risk Management Decisions

Posted at 2:43 PM 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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November 8th, 2017

Insurers Adapting in a Time of Disruption

Posted at 4:00 AM ET

Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas posts on strategies insurers may utilize to continue to achieve growth in a disruptive environment.

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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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September 25th, 2017

Guy Carpenter Advances Capital Modeling Capabilities with MetaRisk® 10

Posted at 3:30 AM ET

Guy Carpenter & Company today announced the launch of MetaRisk® 10, which significantly enhances automation, adds support for A.M. Best’s new stochastic-based Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) and enables modeling of “hours clauses.”

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March 21st, 2017

Emerging Practices in Risk Tolerances: Part II

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

brian-fischer-2014-hs-sm1Brian C. Fischer, Managing Director, GC Analytics®

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As A.M. Best implements a new rating methodology with enterprise risk management (ERM) as a specific rating category, risk tolerances will play an increasingly important role with the potential to further differentiate risk profiles in Best’s evaluation of companies’ risk and capital needs. Risk tolerances will likely positively impact a company’s ERM evaluation when A.M. Best deems the company’s risk tolerances as adequate and appropriate.

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March 20th, 2017

Emerging Practices in Risk Tolerances: Part I

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

brian-fischer-2014-hs-sm1Brian C. Fischer, Managing Director, GC Analytics®

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Insurers have long embraced the concept of risk tolerances. In some cases, the risk tolerances were expressly stated in a company’s enterprise risk management (ERM) policy document or in other cases exhibited in the course of normal operations.

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October 25th, 2016

Emerging Practices in Risk Tolerances

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

brian-fischer-2014-hs-sm1Brian C. Fischer, Managing Director, GC Analytics®

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Insurers have long embraced the concept of risk tolerances. In some cases, the risk tolerances were expressly stated in a company’s enterprise risk management (ERM) policy document or in other cases exhibited in the course of normal operations.

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October 23rd, 2016

A.M. Best’s More Transparent Ratings Criteria Provide Benefits to Insurers That Proactively “Own Their Ratings”

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

esimpson-hs-smEric Simpson, Managing Director

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Maintaining or improving ratings is a priority for most insurers. This can be challenging amid increasing demands for companies to “own their risk” (Own Risk and Solvency Assessment “ORSA”) in an environment of evolving rating agency requirements, including A.M. Best’s (Best) proposed ratings methodology and Stochastic-based Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) criteria.

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