Posts Tagged ‘Catastrophes’



June 20th, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part II

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Aidan Pope, Managing Director

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Many recent catastrophe events in the Latin America/Caribbean region provide examples of the protection gap: Only 5 percent of the USD 8 billion economic loss from Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was insured; and the insured portion of the USD 2 to 3 billion economic loss caused by the April 2016 earthquake in Manta, Ecuador, is expected to reach no more than 15 percent. The 2016 earthquake has deeply impacted the local economy and government finances as unemployment increased by approximately 50 percent and the government was compelled to increase sales taxes by two percent to fund national reparation and recovery costs. In general, emerging markets face a much larger protection gap than developed economies:

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May 24th, 2017

Guy Carpenter Sees Market Shift Towards Core Model Strategy

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Industry Moves Away From Multi-Model Approach Given Current Market Conditions

Insurers and reinsurers are increasingly adopting a core model strategy based around a detailed assessment of its capabilities, instead of the multi-model or blended approach as investment in modeling capabilities comes under pressure, says Matthew Eagle, Head of GC Analytics® - International at Guy Carpenter.

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March 28th, 2017

Public-Private Insurance Partnerships Bolster Latin American/Caribbean Resilience: Part II

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aidan-pope-headshot-sm21Aidan Pope, Managing Director

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Many recent catastrophe events in the Latin America/Caribbean region provide examples of the protection gap: Only 5 percent of the USD 8 billion economic loss from Haiti’s 2010 earthquake was insured; and the insured portion of the USD 2 to 3 billion economic loss caused by the April 2016 earthquake in Manta, Ecuador, is expected to reach no more than 15 percent. The 2016 earthquake has deeply impacted the local economy and government finances as unemployment increased by approximately 50 percent and the government was compelled to increase sales taxes by two percent to fund national reparation and recovery costs. In general, emerging markets face a much larger protection gap than developed economies:

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March 16th, 2017

Cat Modelling Challenges in Europe: Part IV

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weatherhead_mark-sm3Mark Weatherhead, Head of Model Development - International

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Flood poses particular challenges for modelling. In particular, the hydraulic modelling of flood extents requires a high-quality digital terrain model that has been processed specifically for the task by removing features like bridges.

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March 15th, 2017

Cat Modelling Challenges in Europe: Part III

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There are two main lines of development. First, (re)insurers need to gain a deeper understanding of how the existing commercial vendor models perform for their book of business, how the models can be best modified or customized to better reflect their own loss history, and how the models compare to each other. Second, (re)insurers need to continue to address gaps in knowledge that are not adequately covered by existing models.

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March 14th, 2017

Cat Modelling Challenges in Europe: Part II

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weatherhead_mark-sm1Mark Weatherhead, Head of Model Development - International

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While there is still uncertainty regarding the degree of impact from climate change, the likely consequences are subject to modelling. Increasing global temperatures are projected to impact the mid-latitude and polar regions more than the tropics.

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March 13th, 2017

Cat Modelling Challenges in Europe: Part I

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2016 marked the 60th year of the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous. Since the first event in 1957 the insurance world has changed significantly, with economic and insured losses from natural catastrophes such as floods and hurricanes increasing dramatically.

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January 16th, 2017

Chart: Top Ten Significant Insured Loss Events: 2016

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The table lists the latest estimates for the top ten significant insured loss events for 2016.

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November 3rd, 2016

Asia Pacific Catastrophe Report 2016: Executive Summary: Losses

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bromo-volcano-east-java-indonesia-smEarthquakes in Taiwan and the Kumamoto prefecture of Japan and floods in southern China were the largest events. The reinsurance share of these losses appears modest. Barring a major catastrophe before the end of the year, catastrophe reinsurers are expected to return a healthy profit in Asia Pacific for the fourth year in a row.

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November 2nd, 2016

Asia Pacific Catastrophe Report 2016: Executive Summary

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bromo-volcano-east-java-indonesia-smIn the Asia Pacific region, purchases in original currency terms of total catastrophe treaty reinsurance limit grew year on year. Increased purchase in Japan largely drove the growth, with lesser growth experienced in India and China. Changes in pro rata arrangements at some Australian cedents reduced the overall catastrophe excess of loss requirements from Australia; these movements were not large enough to push the overall region-wide purchase backwards.

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