Posts Tagged ‘Ike’



September 27th, 2011

North Atlantic Hurricane Models

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

All the major catastrophe modeling companies have reset their view of U.S./North American hurricane risk in the past year. Revisions to storm characteristics have been the key component of change for AIR, EQECAT and RMS. Many users have been frustrated by the lack of regard for risk management implications as some vendors packaged several significant U.S. hurricane changes into their releases. In subsequent GC Capital Ideas posts we will provide an overview of the significant changes to U.S./North Atlantic models over the last 12 months and give our view on each update.
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October 29th, 2009

Despite a Year of Change, Stable Renewal Is Likely

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smallmarcell_andrew_photographAndrew Marcell, CEO — Americas Broking Operations
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Capital management discipline has guided the (re)insurance industry through a turbulent year. Volatile financial markets, capital constraints and general uncertainty caused many carriers, a year ago, to fret over the coming renewal and the availability of capacity. Some were calling for sharp increases in reinsurance rates, and concerns of a capital shortfall were widespread. As we have seen, however, this did not occur. Despite the calamity visited upon the global financial services industry, (re)insurers have persevered, and the coming renewal is likely to be notable for its stability.

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September 17th, 2009

World Catastrophe Reinsurance Market 2009: Optimizing the Use of Catastrophe Models

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worldcatJohn Tedeschi, ACAS, MAAA, Managing Director and Chief of Catastrophe Modeling
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Insurer and reinsurer reliance on catastrophe models has become part of the fabric of risk management. Though they provide guidance rather than specific courses of action, these tools help carriers quantify risk and deploy their capital as effectively as possible. But, every catastrophe model has specific strengths and weaknesses, which is why risk-bearers tend to use several of them to evaluate exposures. The final decisions on whether to cover a particular risk are shaped by loss history, company objectives, and risk manager judgment. As a result, models are crucial to (re)insurer success … as long as they are used properly.

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September 14th, 2009

World Catastrophe Reinsurance Market 2009: Executive Summary

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worldcatChristopher Klein, Global Head of Business Intelligence
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Reinsurance rates increased by 8 percent through the 2009 reinsurance renewals, as measured by the Guy Carpenter World Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) Index. Upward pressure came largely from the impact of the 2008 financial catastrophe on reinsurers’ balance sheets, which was exacerbated by the effects of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. At the January 1, 2010 renewal, reinsurance rates are likely to show little movement, unless a major property catastrophe or financial shock occurs.

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September 9th, 2009

A Year after Ike: Model Lessons for Managing Capital

Posted at 6:00 AM ET

tedeschi_john_newphotoJohn Tedeschi, ACAS, MAAA, Chief of Catastrophe Modeling
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A week after Rendez-Vous ended last year, Hurricane Ike ripped through the Gulf of Mexico, devastated Galveston, Texas, and even caused considerable inland damage. Immediately, (re)insurers noted that losses would be high … but they did not expect to spend more than half a year continually revising their estimates upward. Many carriers began to look back on the storm and question their catastrophe models, wondering how a storm of much magnitude (at least from a financial perspective) could be missed. While the models themselves do bear some responsibility, the enduring lesson is likely to be the role of the risk manager in using them. After all, people — not technology - make decisions about risk and capital.

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August 31st, 2009

ERM Did Not Fail in 2008, Part I: A Year of Significant Loss

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mango_smallDonald Mango, Chief Actuary
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The profound financial damage that began last year has left the insurance industry looking for answers. Diligent underwriting and conservative investment strategies were not enough to prevent natural and financial catastrophes from bleeding balance sheets. Both firm leadership teams and key stakeholders have questioned the value of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) frameworks, yet the conclusion that ERM failed may be hasty. After all, the insurance industry actually survived the events of 2008 reasonably well, with at least some of the credit going to their ERM efforts. Where risk management did fail, the underlying causes were deeper.

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July 15th, 2009

Beware the Benign Hurricane Forecast

Posted at 1:01 AM ET

harnick_michelle_photoMichelle Harnick, Managing Director
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The 2009 hurricane season is expected to be moderate, but that’s no reason to let your defenses down. In setting your expectations for the coming months, it pays to consider severity as well as frequency. Most major forecasts address the number of storms anticipated — but they don’t account for severity. A mild Atlantic hurricane season could still trigger outsized insured losses, and an exposed (re)insurer could feel the shocks on its bottom line, return on equity (ROE) ratio, and even market capitalization.

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July 7th, 2009

Get the Most Out of Cat Models, Part II: Lessons from Ike

Posted at 1:15 AM ET

hurricaneJohn Tedeschi, ACAS, MAAA, Managing Director and Chief of Catastrophe Modeling
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It has taken many months for the (re)insurance industry to digest the effects of Hurricane Ike and its impact continues. One of the largest natural catastrophes in history in terms of insured losses, the Gulf of Mexico storm was in part overshadowed by the simultaneous financial catastrophe that struck business centers around the world. The implications of both emerged at the same time, as risk managers sought to keep pace with damage to both the asset and liability sides of the balance sheet.

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May 13th, 2009

Lloyd’s 2008 Results – Resilience in a Tough Market

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Mike Van Slooten, Senior Vice President
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Lloyd’s of London (”Lloyd’s”) competitive position strengthened in 2008, largely because of effective risk management oversight and relatively conservative investment allocation. The capital structure has proved resilient in the face of the worldwide financial catastrophe and financial strength ratings remain strong and stable. As a result, Lloyd’s is well-positioned to benefit from current market dislocation.

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May 13th, 2009

Chart: LLoyd’s Combined Ratios by Class

Posted at 12:57 AM ET

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Underwriting performances for all classes other than Marine weakened in 2008, with Property, Casualty, Energy, and Aviation reporting technical losses before releases from prior year reserves. The Energy result was particularly poor, reflecting significant Hurricane Ike losses in the Gulf of Mexico.

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