Posts Tagged ‘investment’



February 5th, 2015

GC Videocast - Overview of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management Framework and Application

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Eric Paire, Head of Strategic Advisory EMEA, Guy Carpenter, presented the sixth part of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series describing the “multi-layer” approach that Guy Carpenter and Mercer will adopt when working exclusively with insurance clients to holistically manage capital and strengthen balance sheets. The approach includes an extensive evaluation of the investment and reinsurance portfolios to understand client needs, an assessment of the rationale for freeing-up and/or moving capital and a consideration of  modeling aspects such as the Solvency II standard formula, internal models or rating agency models.

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February 4th, 2015

GC Videocast - Overview of the Benefits of Holistic Balance Sheet Management

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In the fifth installment of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series, Russell Lee, Insurance Consultant, Mercer, shares his thoughts on how a holistic approach to capital management can benefit insurance companies in the face of challenging investment and underwriting conditions.

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January 29th, 2015

GC Videocast - Managing Volatility by Breaking Down Silos

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In the third video of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series, Andrew Cox, Capital Optimization, Guy Carpenter, and Niall Clifford, Financial Strategy Group, Mercer, give their overview on how increasing investment risk can introduce capital and earnings volatility.

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January 28th, 2015

GC Videocast - Linking Risk Appetite to Strategy

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In the second video in the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series, Andrew Cox, Capital Optimization, Guy Carpenter and Niall Clifford, Financial Strategy Group, Mercer, explore how companies should approach investment risk and the link between investment strategy, risk appetite and reinsurance strategy. A key focus for insurance companies should be to link their investment strategy with their risk appetite metrics. While any increase in return on capital may seem very attractive, it is important that companies ensure that the risks they are taking are in line with their risk appetite and that they are aware of their constraints, allowing them to take risks in a measured way. Investment strategy should be considered alongside regulatory requirements, as a key aspect of Solvency II relates to how well each company understands the risks in its portfolio.

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January 26th, 2015

Holistic Balance Sheet Management: Ensuring Added Value; Introduction to Videocast Series

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A holistic approach that optimizes the use of the two traditionally separate areas of balance sheet management (reinsurance and investment strategy) can make a significant difference to (re)insurers’ financial results. (Re)insurers should seek to address both the asset and liability sides of the balance sheet in an integrated manner.

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November 13th, 2014

Emerging Compensation Structures

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Compensation for provision of long-term care for bodily injury is becoming an increasingly challenging problem for society in general and insurers in particular.

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August 14th, 2014

Guy Carpenter Launches MetaRisk® 7.3

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Guy Carpenter today announced the release of MetaRisk® 7.3, the latest version of the firm’s premier risk and capital management decision-making tool.

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October 29th, 2013

Capital Stewardship: Maximizing Value with Guy Carpenter

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Executive teams adapting to the changing dynamics of the specialty insurance and global reinsurance markets in an environment of excess capital, growing influence of convergence participants, low investment returns and diminishing reserve releases are presented with a series of strategic dilemmas and opportunities.

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October 21st, 2013

Increasing Strategic Advisory Needs of Large European Insurers and Reinsurers

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paire_eric_thumbEric Paire, Head of Global Partners & Strategic Development EMEA

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Major European international insurance companies face common challenges, issues and external constraints on their way to profitable growth. How can external strategic advice help through the process?

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March 7th, 2013

BRIC Countries

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Here we bring together recent GC Capital Ideas’ posts that have focused on the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries. 

Increased Flood Loss Potential:  Making use of all available tools and practicing comprehensive exposure management will both strengthen (re)insurers’ ERM practices and allow them to make informed risk management and reinsurance decisions as they enter new markets. Certainly, flood risk is prevalent and increasing in almost every developing economy.

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Lloyd’s: What Will Success Look Like?  If Lloyd’s is successful in achieving the growth and diversification outlined in its near-term and long-term strategic plans, it can expect to capitalize on business opportunities in emerging market economies such as the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China). Growth, however, will not necessarily be limited to these markets. Other countries in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America are experiencing strong growth and increasing insurance penetration, and these territories also present attractive opportunities for Lloyd’s.

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Growth Potential in Developing Markets:  Positive premium growth trends in developing markets are expected to be sustained over the next decade. During this time, emerging markets are expected to drive global economic growth, and foreign direct investment in these emerging regions is likely to increase. In Brazil alone, investment in infrastructure is expected to amount to USD550 billion over the next few years as the country prepares to host the soccer World Cup in 2014 and the summer Olympics in 2016. China and India too are expected to continue to see robust growth in the next ten years.

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State of the Reinsurance Market, Part II: Inflation/Deflation Expectations, Investment Returns:  Expansionary monetary policy has fueled concerns that inflation could increase in the medium term, but the picture is less clear in the near term. While consumer price indices in Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC), the United States and the rest of the G7 currently exhibit positive trends, consensus forecasts show borderline disinflationary trends in the nearer term in the United States and many developed markets.

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