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October 19th, 2017

Little-Used Retirement Option Gets a Big Boost: Part II

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In the meantime, this complexity and the difficulty in explaining variable annuities to consumers has heavily slanted sales toward expensive, commission-based channels more comfortable with products that are “sold, not bought.” Yet, as has been the historic trend for other financial products and services, demand for simpler, more transparent annuity products that encourage value shopping will be essential in driving future growth. This should favor easy-to-understand, fee-based product designs that investors buy rather than commission-based products agents must sell.

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October 18th, 2017

Little-Used Retirement Option Gets a Big Boost: Part I

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With the erosion of defined benefit pension plans and uncertainty around the future of Social Security, the current workforce must find new ways to responsibly manage their income into and through retirement.

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October 27th, 2014

Guy Carpenter Launches New Healthcare & Life Specialty Practice

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Guy Carpenter today announced the launch of its new US Healthcare & Life Specialty Practice which will focus exclusively on the unique needs of health providers and insurers in this evolving segment. The practice will consist of a team of more than 50 health, healthcare and life broking professionals and actuaries dedicated to helping clients develop and implement strategies to best underwrite and manage the unique risks of this expanding and specialized market.

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July 19th, 2012

Life, Accident and Health Renewal at July 1, 2012

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While most renewal activity in this segment occurs at January 1, subsequent placements confirm that a highly competitive market exists for medical reinsurance. Capacity was rational but ample, with incumbents often renewing aggressively to avoid losing the business. Beyond competitive pricing, reinsurers looked to add greater value through their claims expertise or specialty network access.

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July 14th, 2010

Initial Reactions to Health Care Reform: An Insurer and Reinsurer Perspective: Index to Articles

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With the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the environment for health insurers has drastically changed. What we do know is that these changes will have a significant and immediate impact on every organization conducting business in the health care arena. In order to assess the current situation, brokers throughout Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC reached out to our business partners in all segments of the health care industry. In total, Guy Carpenter spoke with 24 various organizations about the immediate and long term effects of health care reform.

Part I: Introduction:  With the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the environment for health insurers has drastically changed. Undoubtedly, the wheels of progress move slowly and we have only begun to understand the full impact that the reforms will have on our industry. What we do know is that these changes will have a significant and immediate impact on every organization conducting business in the health care arena.

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Part II: Changes With the Biggest Impact:  In addition to the themes addressed in the introduction, several other specific aspects of health care reform were on the top of most executives’ minds. Based on the feedback received, this article identifies the following seven aspects of health care reform that our business partners identified as having the biggest impact on their organization.

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July 13th, 2010

Initial Reactions to Health Care Reform: An Insurer and Reinsurer Perspective, Part II: Changes with the Biggest Impact

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In addition to the themes addressed in the introduction, several other specific aspects of health care reform were on the top of most executives’ minds. Based on the feedback received, this article identifies the following seven aspects of health care reform that our business partners identified as having the biggest impact on their organization.

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July 12th, 2010

Initial Reactions to Health Care Reform: An Insurer and Reinsurer Perspective: Part I, Introduction

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With the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the environment for health insurers has drastically changed. Undoubtedly, the wheels of progress move slowly and we have only begun to understand the full impact that the reforms will have on our industry. What we do know is that these changes will have a significant and immediate impact on every organization conducting business in the health care arena.

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July 9th, 2010

Reinsurance Renewal July 1, 2010: Capital Cushion Continues to Impact Pricing: Index to Series

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Part I: Introduction and US Property:   Further erosion of rates was evident at the July 1, 2010 reinsurance renewal. Property rates were down by as much 15 percent despite substantial catastrophe loss activity in the first half of 2010. Heavy losses from the Chilean earthquake were insufficient to turn prices outside the areas immediately affected by the earthquake, despite the announcement of large increases in estimates from the largest European reinsurers. In the energy and casualty sectors, conditions were flat or down, but the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster may exert upwards pressure as more information emerges. Excess capital remains available to absorb losses as evidenced by continuing share buy-backs and the substitution of equity capital with less expensive debt.

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Part II: Latin America and Caribbean, Retrocession: In the Latin America and Caribbean region excluding Chile, terms and conditions in the property excess of loss and pro rata lines were unchanged at the July 1 renewal.

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Part III, Marine & Energy:  At the July 1, 2010 renewal, territories and marine classes that were unaffected by losses have seen rates remain stable. We have also witnessed a slowing in the decline of rates. The Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico loss did not cloud reinsurers’ judgments when quoting international placements and each account was underwritten separately based on specific account losses and exposures.

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Part IV, Casualty: At the July 1 renewals the US casualty lines continued to demonstrate a soft pricing environment with few changes seen from the prior renewals in the year. The direct market showed a general improvement in profitability as underwriting results and net investment gains increased. This occurred as premiums declined, further impacting a soft reinsurance pricing environment. A recent development is a slowing in the decline of the subject premium base for many casualty lines. It appears to be stabilizing (even increasing in some lines) as a result of the recovering economy.

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Part V, Life, Accident & Health: The passage of health reform in the United States has put medical insurers in the challenging position of trying to understand how to manage unlimited lifetime claim maximums. In the short term, annual caps on payments are still allowed, easing the transition, but this change creates increased risk for insurers as volatility is increased and rate-making is necessarily based on assumptions rather than experience. We are seeing increased demand for high attachment medical excess reinsurance with high limits - many clients are looking for unlimited cover to match their required offering. This may create an excellent opportunity for reinsurers willing to step up to the challenge. Many are offering limits from USD10 million to USD20 million attaching at excess of USD5 million. A few reinsurers have come forward with unlimited coverage. Pricing is varying widely between carriers but should begin to converge for the very high attachments.

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July 8th, 2010

Reinsurance Renewal July 1, 2010: Capital Cushion Continues to Impact Pricing: Part V, Life, Accident & Health

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The passage of health reform in the United States has put medical insurers in the challenging position of trying to understand how to manage unlimited lifetime claim maximums. In the short term, annual caps on payments are still allowed, easing the transition, but this change creates increased risk for insurers as volatility is increased and rate-making is necessarily based on assumptions rather than experience. We are seeing increased demand for high attachment medical excess reinsurance with high limits - many clients are looking for unlimited cover to match their required offering. This may create an excellent opportunity for reinsurers willing to step up to the challenge. Many are offering limits from USD10 million to USD20 million attaching at excess of USD5 million. A few reinsurers have come forward with unlimited coverage. Pricing is varying widely between carriers but should begin to converge for the very high attachments.

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April 7th, 2010

April 1 Renewals: US Life and Accident & Health

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David Rains, FSA, MAAA, Managing Director and Head of Life, Accident & Health Specialty
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Life and Personal Accident Catastrophe
The 2010 accident year started with extreme seismic activity. The Haiti earthquake caused both tragic loss of life and massive property damage on a tremendous scale. Also tragic, but less severe, the Chilean earthquake stimulated tsunami concerns across the world. Thankfully, those didn’t materialize, but recalled the incredible loss of lives from the Indonesian tsunami of 2004.

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