Posts Tagged ‘John Barrows’



March 7th, 2012

Guy Carpenter’s 7th Annual Specialty Insurance Program Issuing Carrier Survey, Part V, Reinsurance Purchasing, Acquisitions

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Reinsurance Purchasing

Reinsurance continues to play an important role for program issuing carriers. Sixty-six percent of respondents to the survey this year indicated the use of both direct reinsurers and intermediaries, while 32 percent indicated their use of intermediaries exclusively. This is pretty much consistent with the survey results of 2009 and 2010.

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March 6th, 2012

Guy Carpenter’s 7th Annual Specialty Insurance Program Issuing Carrier Survey, Part IV, Operating Platform, Performance Management

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Operating Platform

Carriers continue to maintain flexibility regarding their requirements for the services they expect their PA/MGA partners to perform and what they feel they need to control. Consistently, respondent carriers expect their PAs/MGAs to underwrite (93 percent), rate, quote, bind business (93 percent) and issue and service policies (86 percent). Most of the other services, even though not required or expected of PA/MGAs, are often performed by them, a third party, or in many cases, the carriers’ themselves.

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March 5th, 2012

Guy Carpenter’s 7th Annual Specialty Insurance Program Issuing Carrier Survey, Part III, Program Appetite

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Program appetite reflects flexibility. PAs/MGAs, like most U.S. businesses, are struggling with a stagnant economy. As a result, a number of the program opportunities are smaller in size today than they were when we first conducted our survey in 2005. Carriers have needed to become more flexible with their program minimum premium requirements, their willingness to consider startup programs, their willingness to front and the territorial scope with which they will write business.

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March 2nd, 2012

Guy Carpenter’s 7th Annual Specialty Insurance Program Issuing Carrier Survey, Part II, Market Size and Challenges

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Market Size and Dynamics

Even though responses to the questions on the perceived size of the PA/MGA market continue to reflect it as large, the respondents this year see it as being smaller than in any time over the course of the last four years. Historically, the results of our survey reflected a majority opinion (37 percent to 40 percent) that this market segment was in the USD30 billion to USD40 billion range. This year, only 24 percent reflected historical results, while 37 percent (up from 21 percent a year ago) believe it to be USD20 billion to USD30 billion.

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March 1st, 2012

Poised for Growth: Guy Carpenter’s 7th Annual Specialty Insurance Program Issuing Carrier Survey, Part I

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The Program Administrator and Managing General Agent (PA/MGA) market continues to be an important part of the overall insurance marketplace. When Guy Carpenter and Company (Guy Carpenter) conducted its first survey in 2005, little had been published about this exciting segment. Agencies, underwriters, reinsurance intermediaries and third party service providers such as claim administration firms, all were asking the same questions:

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February 29th, 2012

Insurers See Growth in Program Administrators and Managing General Agents Marketplace in 2012, According to Guy Carpenter Survey

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Specialty program insurance providers predict that the Program Administrators and Managing General Agents (PA/MGA) market will grow in 2012 as a result of changes taking place in program business, according to a survey conducted by Guy Carpenter. In its annual study of the PA/MGA marketplace, Guy Carpenter surveyed both traditional insurance companies with specialty program operations and specialty insurance carriers about their program business and the direction of the PA/MGA marketplace.

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December 1st, 2010

Chart: Managing General Agents/Program Administrators Survey Results: Services

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Guy Carpenter’s survey of managing general agents and program administrators demonstrated that carriers are still flexible with regard to the services that MGAs/PAs provide, including system use and claim handling. Ninety-eight percent of respondents expect the MGA/PA to underwrite, rate, quote and bind the business, as well as issue and service policies, up slightly from 95 percent in 2009 and showing another year of growth relative to 2008’s 80 percent.

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November 25th, 2010

Chart: Managing General Agents/Program Administrators Survey Results: Personal Lines Appetite

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Guy Carpenter’s survey of managing general agents and program administrators demonsrated that interest in growing personal lines was modest, with umbrella and auto lines garnering 7.7 percent of the attention of respondents each. There was no indicated interest in growing medical lines of business, and only 2.6 percent of survey participants expressed an appetite for more homeowners business.

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November 25th, 2010

Chart: Managing General Agents/Program Administrators Survey Results: Commercial Lines Appetite

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Guy Carpenter’s survey of managing general agents and program administrators demonsrated that interest in growing most commercial lines was low. General liability stood out, with 67.5 percent of respondents indicating an appetite for it. Property, inland marine and auto liability also resonated with many respondents - at 50 percent, 47.5 percent and 42.5 percent, respectively. For the remainder, less than a third of survey participants indicated an appetite for growth. Generally, we see MGAs becoming more sophisticated as they focus on more complex commercial risks using cutting edge analytical and underwriting tools.

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