Here we review the top five CAT-i stories covering July through September of 2016.
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Hurricane Matthew became a rare Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph. The hurricane followed the western edge of a subtropical ridge to inflict catastrophic damage to Haiti as a Category 4 hurricane before crossing eastern Cuba, and turning to the northwest through the Bahamas towards Florida.
In the Northwest Pacific Basin, Typhoon Megi made landfall in central Taiwan Tuesday afternoon, local time. The typhoon brought reports of excessive rainfall, flash-flooding, and roof damage for affected areas. Isolated rainfall amounts exceeding 1,250 millimeters (50 inches) were reported, with general rainfall amounts of 250 millimeters (10 inches) or more.
Sherry Thomas, Head of Catastrophe Management - Americas and James Burnett-Herkes, Senior Vice President
Model Suitability Analysis (MSA)® consists of a set of standard tests and protocols that benchmark the models against independent reference data for hazard, event frequencies, damage functions, losses and historical experience. These datasets are created by independent and credible third-party research institutions that have expertise in the respective subjects. Rather than reinventing the wheel and developing models that already exist, the MSA approach evaluates the scientific underpinnings of existing models to establish confidence where warranted, and to identify areas of uncertainty. Guy Carpenter aggregates this information into our MSA Knowledge Base, and establishes standard protocols that are efficient to execute and test all models using the same standard procedure to achieve homogeneity and fairness in the process.
Could you afford to find that the portfolio you just acquired in North Carolina is more exposed to hurricane than previously assumed? What if next year’s Category 2 hurricane caused a loss in excess of 15 percent of your policyholders’ surplus? How will the changes in the U.S. Geological Survey National Seismic Hazard Maps impact your exposure to earthquake risk in the central and eastern United States?
Here we review GC Capital Ideas posts on the private sector closing the protection gap with public sector risk exposure.
As greater understanding of the cyber peril is gained, a chief concern for (re)insurers is risk aggregation. Unlike traditional property insurance where aggregation is monitored by physical locations, insurers are exposed to the possibility of a single attack or a series of attacks either against multiple insureds or a single insured (such as a cloud provider) that could lead to substantial losses across multiple geographies. While a large systemic risk has not yet materialized, it does not mean the risk is not present. The challenging part is that there is limited history and lack of data for this emerging exposure, which makes it difficult for insurers to measure cyber risk and calculate capital needs.
As businesses, both large and small, throughout all sectors of industry, become more and more reliant on technology to improve service efficiencies and functionalities, cyber risk has become one of the most pressing public topics addressed in corporate boardrooms and by governments across the globe. The corresponding awareness of a business’s susceptibility to a cyber-attack has grown along with a spate of high-profile attacks. Consequently, cyber risk is now an embedded feature of the global risk landscape, not only as a privacy/network liability, which is where much of the publicity has arisen, but also as a peril affecting traditional insurance lines. Therefore, preventative and post-event remediation are gaining importance as shareholders, regulators and rating agencies are increasingly focused on enterprise risk management activities for cyber risks.
Super Typhoon Meranti made close approach to southern Taiwan with one-minute sustained winds of 305 kilometers per hour (190 mph), among the strongest tropical cyclones on record. Meranti rendered significant flooding and wind impacts to southern Taiwan, with nearly 800 millimeters (32 inches) of rainfall for some locations. Meranti then weakened to make final landfall on Mainland China in Fujian Province with one-minute sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour (105 mph). Meranti rendered significant flood impacts and damage to infrastructure following final landfall. At least 11 fatalities and 82 injuries have been reported. Our first thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected by this event.
Recent Shift in Terrorist Focus to Economic Upheaval Requires Expanded Business Interruption Cover
In the wake of recent terror-related attacks, the insurance industry must expand its role of supporting the financial resilience of economies. This includes further clarifying the industry’s position alongside government-sponsored terrorism pools, according to Emma Karhan, Managing Director, Guy Carpenter. Continue reading…