Posts Tagged ‘Continental Europe’



April 16th, 2014

Reinsurance Renewals in 2014

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

As we complete the April 1, 2014 reinsurance renewal, we review the GC Capital Ideas renewal stories of 2014. 

January 1, 2014 Renewals Bring Downward Pressure on Pricing: Guy Carpenter reports that reinsurance rates-on-line fell at the January 1, 2014 renewal in nearly all classes and regions. According to Guy Carpenter’s 2014 global renewal report, strong balance sheets, relatively low loss experiences and an unprecedented influx of convergence capital spurred competition and innovation at renewal. These factors led in turn to surplus capacity across most business segments as competition spilled beyond property catastrophe lines.

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April Renewals Bring Price Reductions & Focus on Tailored Coverage: Guy Carpenter reports that the April 1, 2014 renewal was marked by price reductions and more tailored reinsurance coverage. Strong balance sheets, an abundance of capacity and a consolidation of buying led to lower reinsurance pricing across most territories and business segments at the renewal.

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March 25th, 2014

What is Food Security? Part II

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peter_book_-smaller-hsPeter Book, Head of Agriculture, Asia Pacific

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Social: Managing the supply side.

A challenge in many regions is the transport from the farm of the right food to the consumer without physical loss or spoilage. Putting transit losses aside, there is a question of getting the “correct” food and influencing the supply chain.

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March 24th, 2014

What is Food Security? Part I

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peter_book_-smaller-hsPeter Book, Head of Agriculture, Asia Pacific

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Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.¹

Fundamentally food has to be safe, nutritious and available in sufficient quantity. On a global scale these are always achievable. It is at a country or smaller geographic territory-level where problems often arise. These concepts encompass the first part of the opening statement and relate to access:

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March 4th, 2014

Guy Carpenter Makes Senior Promotions

Posted at 11:30 PM ET

Guy Carpenter  today announced that Massimo Reina has been promoted to the position of CEO of Continental Europe and MENA, with immediate effect. He succeeds Peter Stubbings, who has taken up the position of Chairman of the firm’s Bermuda operations.

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February 19th, 2014

Europe, Middle East and Africa Catastrophe Review, 2013

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2013 will be remembered in Europe in part as the year of the flood, with the worst flood event affecting several Central European countries in June. Estimated insured losses from this event were around USD4.1 billion, with economic losses of around USD18 billion (1). Persistent heavy rain caused the Vltava, Elbe and Danube Rivers to overflow their banks and in some cases breach flood defenses. Countries affected included Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Poland.

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February 12th, 2014

Global Catastrophe Losses Fell Well Below Average in 2013

Posted at 11:45 PM ET

Guy Carpenter & Company released its 2013 Catastrophe Review, which shows that natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2013 resulted in insured losses of approximately $40 billion. Following above-average losses experienced in 2011 and 2012, 2013 provided a respite for the (re)insurance industry as insured losses were considerably less than the ten-year average of approximately $60 billion.

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February 5th, 2014

Chart: Prevalence of Annuity Settlements in Europe

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For bodily injury claim settlements in Europe, the trend is shifting away from lump sums and towards annuity-type settlements, which come with risks related to longevity, inflation and hedging.

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January 29th, 2014

Chart: European Property Catastrophe - Typical ROL Changes

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The chart compares changes at January 2014 with January 2013.

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January 23rd, 2014

Chart: Regional Property Catastrophe ROL Index

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The chart shows the indexes for United States, United Kingdom, Asia Pacific and Europe

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January 5th, 2014

January 2014 Renewal Report: Capacity: Evolution, Innovation and Opportunity

Posted at 11:45 PM ET

354_354-renewal-2The January 1, 2014 renewal saw rates on line (ROLs) fall significantly in nearly all regions and business segments as relatively low loss experiences, strong balance sheets and an influx of capital spurred competition and innovation in the reinsurance market. This culminated in a marketplace focused on meeting individual client needs as reinsurers reacted to the challenge posed by alternative markets and alternative markets, in turn, sought to deliver unique solutions. Insurers also looked to capitalize by adapting their buying strategies and prioritizing their risk transfer goals. 

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