Posts Tagged ‘loss reserves’



September 9th, 2018

A Strategy for Market Volatility: Portfolio Optimization - GC@MC Commentary

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

dhru_jay_1day_matthew_biosnyder_jack_bioJay Dhru, Global Head of Business Intelligence; Matthew Day, Managing Director; Jack Snyder, Managing Director, Ratings Advisory

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  • Rising loss costs and expenses consume an ever larger portion of reserves
  • Optimized portfolio construction as vital as upfront underwriting of a risk
  • Excess capacity is pressuring insurers’ underwriting profitability

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January 16th, 2018

Exploring the Excess & Surplus Industry: E&S Market Update and Projections

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The excess and surplus (E&S) lines segment of the insurance industry continues to be the essential market for risks for which  the standard insurance market typically does not offer coverage. From extremely hazardous conditions to highly unique business operations and unproven new products, these unconventional risks are often complex and challenging. The E&S market’s challenge is to develop products to cover these exposures utilizing its expertise and freedom of rate and form.

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December 20th, 2017

Industry in investor “sweet spot”

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richard-hewitt-smiling-smRichard Hewitt, Head of Business Intelligence, EMEA

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  • Insurers bucking standard competitive cycle response
  • Current dynamics look set to continue for long term in spite of recent catastrophe losses
  • Investor appeal will remain strong

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December 14th, 2017

Exploring the P&C Industry: Recent Market Dynamics and Industry Performance

Posted at 11:00 AM ET

303405_guy-carpenter_cover-2-sm1The property and casualty (P&C) insurance industry continues to face economic and market-based challenges. New risks demand coverage; catastrophes are surfacing in unexpected ways and experience shifts are driving casualty lines’ capital needs. In this current environment of disruption and dynamic innovation, managers must analyze all factors in order to adapt to changing opportunities.

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December 4th, 2017

Critical Tool for Making Strategic Enterprise Risk Management Decisions

Posted at 2:43 PM ET

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  • There are indications that new A.M. Best Stochastic Based BCAR factor assignments may require more capital for companies entering a new line of business than for established writers growing in that line
  • Companies will be under extra pressure to choose growth strategies carefully because of potential capital pressures from A.M. Best and their potential for low returns due to the extended soft positions of many markets
  • With current capital positions evaluated, robust and current market insight is critical to accurately assess potential growth areas

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November 9th, 2017

For MPL, Market Softening Continues in 2016—Signs of Pressure Emerge

Posted at 4:00 AM ET

Steve Underdal, Managing Director; Greg Bliss, Managing Director; Matt Walter, Senior Vice President and Blake Berman, Senior Vice President

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Since 2010, the medical professional liability (MPL) industry has been navigating a soft market, with declining profitability, diminished investment gains and rising accident year operating ratios. Yet, reserve redundancies have kept calendar year combined ratios below 100 percent, allowing carriers to pay dividends to policyholders while maintaining favorable returns on equity. Recent trends in the MPL insurance industry, including more aggressive competition among carriers and a leveling off of frequency trends, are driving accident year combined ratios higher. Without the continued tailwind of favorable reserve development, current market rates could prove unsustainable, driving market hardening in the coming years.

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October 23rd, 2017

Industry in investor “sweet spot” – GC@BB Commentary

Posted at 3:15 AM ET

richard-hewitt-smiling-smRichard Hewitt, Head of Business Intelligence, EMEA

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  • Insurers bucking standard competitive cycle response
  • Current dynamics look set to continue for long term in spite of recent catastrophe losses
  • Investor appeal will remain strong

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October 16th, 2017

Guy Carpenter Reports US Insurance Market at a Crossroads but Opportunity Exists

Posted at 8:20 AM ET

303405_guy-carpenter_cover-2-sm1Guy Carpenter today released a study outlining a dynamic insurance industry facing a changing economy and pressure in once-stable lines, but with opportunity for those with management skill and understanding of risk.

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November 22nd, 2016

Reserving and Capital Setting: Conclusion

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The obvious response to the issues emerging risks provide is to make sure reserves and capital position are more than robust enough for any eventuality - however remote - and then release them when the risks fail to materialize. But, there are many arguments against this as a practical strategy:

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