Posts Tagged ‘Catastrophes’



January 14th, 2019

Reinsurance Rate Movement Limited at January 1 Despite Uncertainty over Pricing Adequacy and Available Capital

Posted at 4:01 AM ET

The overall impact of catastrophe losses on property rates was muted at the January 1, 2019 reinsurance renewals, but the fourth highest annual catastrophe loss year on record did create questions over pricing adequacy, underwriting strategy and the amount of capital available, says Guy Carpenter. Continue reading…

January 8th, 2019

Taiwan: Catastrophe Insurance and Gap in Coverage

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

14shades_thumbnailTaiwan has experienced a series of extreme weather events in recent years, which are expected to continue into the future, says the report 14 Shades of Risk In Asia-Pacific: Evolving Risk Concerns in Asia-Pacific by Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Asia-Pacific Risk Center. Continue reading…

December 31st, 2018

Catastrophe Insurance Gap in China

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

14shades_thumbnailEven though China is the fastest growing insurance market in the world, the country’s catastrophe insurance protection gap remains significant, according to the recent report 14 Shades of Risk In Asia-Pacific: Evolving Risk Concerns by Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Asia-Pacific Risk Center. Continue reading…

December 28th, 2018

Sydney Hailstorms, December 20, 2018

Posted at 8:49 PM ET

australia-hail-small1A severe convective storm affected large parts of New South Wales, including Sydney, the Central Coast and Wollongong from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on December 20, 2018. The storm generated large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding in many areas of the state. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), there were ground reports of hail of 8 cm diameter in Berowra Heights in Sydney’s north and similar size hail in Casula and Liverpool in the city’s southwest.  The Nattai National Park west of Picton also experienced large hail. Initial damage reports indicated that the suburbs of Berowra Heights, Hornsby, Liverpool, Gosford and Lithgow were the most severely affected. Given that the event occurred during the Christmas holidays, many residents and businesses have not fully assessed the extent of damages; therefore, loss estimates are expected to increase in the next few weeks.

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November 29th, 2018

Wildfire Activity - California - Update

Posted at 7:25 PM ET

calwildfires_small1Recent wildfire activity has rendered especially severe impacts to areas of California, including areas of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Rates of extreme fire spread were enabled by especially dry, windy conditions on November 8 and the days following. Aggressive firefighting efforts allowed containment efforts to progress despite adverse conditions over the following week. Periods of heavy rainfall have recently allowed firefighting crews to bring the last of the fires to 100 percent containment over the last week. The Camp, Woolsey and Hill Fires have burned an estimated 20,297 structures since November 8, including at least 13,972 residential structures from the Camp Fire alone, according to Cal Fire statistics. These fires have also claimed at least 91 lives. Recent heavy rainfall has amplified the threat for flash-flooding and debris flows in and around the burn scars. Media reports indicate estimated insured losses for the Camp and Woolsey Fires of around USD 9-13 billion as reported by RMS. It will take some time to determine the full scope and severity of this event as search, recovery and survey efforts continue. Our first thoughts and concerns remain with those lost and directly affected by this event.

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November 14th, 2018

Wildfire Activity – California

Posted at 9:37 PM ET

calwildfires-smallSignificant wildfires have affected areas of northern and southern California due to extremely dry, windy conditions and very dry fuels. In Northern California, the Camp Fire has burned at least 130,000 acres since November 8 and claimed at least 48 lives, making this the deadliest wildfire in known California history. Damage survey efforts are still ongoing, however initial reports indicate at least 7,600 residences destroyed with another 225 damaged. Meanwhile in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire has consumed at least 97,620 acres along with 483 structures, and at least two lives. Ongoing dry, windy conditions have offset containment efforts. However, aggressive firefighting efforts of over 5,100 firefighters have brought the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire to 35 and 47 percent containment, respectively. The cause of these fires remains under investigation, according to Cal Fire. A federal disaster area has been declared to better allow emergency assistance. Improving weather conditions should enable greater progress with containment efforts over the coming days.

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October 31st, 2018

Flood Risk Challenges in Asia - GC@SIRC Commentary

Posted at 9:00 PM ET

mark-weatherhead-finalMark Weatherhead, Head of Model Development, International

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  • Asia is particularly prone to flooding because of three factors: hydrology, population density and mitigation rate
  • To improve loss assessments, hazard data should be combined with other data types, such as probabilistic event sets and defense information
  • Guy Carpenter has made a significant investment in data and technology to help our clients improve their understanding of flood risk

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October 29th, 2018

2018 Asia Pacific Catastrophe Reinsurance Report

Posted at 9:00 PM ET

front-cover150x140Guy Carpenter has released its 2018 Asia Pacific Catastrophe Reinsurance Report. The report reviews property catastrophe cover trends; market conditions, including losses and pricing; and catastrophe events in each of the major Asia Pacific countries during 2018.

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October 29th, 2018

As Insurance Market Cycle Evolves, Carriers Must Review Underwriting Strategies

Posted at 8:00 AM ET

Guy Carpenter has completed its annual review of property & casualty (P&C) results and found that insurers’ operating environment today is very different than just a few short years ago.

Formerly stable lines produced significant volatility in 2017, while others that often struggle to produce underwriting returns enjoyed multi-decade highs in profitability. And the familiar underwriting cycle has decoupled materially across long-tail casualty lines, with profitability, growth and reserve development moving in widely different directions by line and segment. These are just a few of the findings reported in the company’s 2018 Risk Benchmarks Research Report, which focuses on the risk and performance of US P&C insurers. Continue reading…