Posts Tagged ‘macroeconomic’
The Global Risks Report 2017, produced by the World Economic Forum with support from Marsh & McLennan Companies and other partners, was published this week. Now in its twelfth edition, the report provides insights into the key global risks facing businesses as well as the collective view of risk experts in all sectors as to the most significant threats to global prosperity over the next decade. The Global Risks Report 2017 will inform discussions at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting next week in Davos, Switzerland.
Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in the United States: The Market for Mortgage Credit Risk (Re)Insurance: Part II
(Re)insurance markets sold close to USD 8 billion of government sponsored entities (GSEs) mortgage credit risk transfer from 2013 to 2016 year-to-date, with significantly more planned on a consistent basis. A robust global credit risk transfer market is now in full-effect; recent transactions include the Credit Insurance Risk Transfer and Agency Credit Insurance Structure (re)insurance purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and capital bond issuances from Fannie Mae’s Connecticut Avenue Securities and Freddie Mac’s Structured Agency Credit Risk.
Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in the United States: The Market for Mortgage Credit Risk (Re)Insurance: Part I
The global financial crisis of 2008 exposed the US mortgage industry, taxpayers and the global capital markets to the full loss potential of residential mortgage credit risk. A total shakeup of the US housing sector was the result: a return to prudent underwriting criteria; market standardization in product; Private Mortgage Insurer Eligibility Requirements (PMIERs); and a Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) directive that mandates government sponsored entities (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to begin transferring credit risk on the hundreds of billions of dollars of US mortgages issued each year.
Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Europe/Middle East/Africa: Part IV: Closing the Protection Gap
Charles Whitmore, Managing Director
On a global basis, approximately 70 (1) percent of the economic loss caused by natural catastrophe events is not covered by insurance. This gap, the cost of uninsured events, frequently falls on governments through disaster relief, welfare payments and infrastructure repair and rebuilding. The ultimate cost of these responses causes a strain on public balance sheets and an increase in public debt, ultimately burdening taxpayers. The protection gap is increasing in emerging economies especially where the amount of natural catastrophe economic loss covered by insurance dropped from 25 percent in 2002 to approximately eight percent in 2014.
The gap between uninsured and insured risk continues to be an issue for the region. Insurance and reinsurance penetration rates remain low in many Asian countries. As the chart below shows, purchases in catastrophe reinsurance limit have grown, but in actual value terms the majority of growth is in territories with the highest levels of protection already.
In 2015, outbound mergers and acquisitions (M&A) abounded in the region, but a pause in transactions occurred in 2016. The flow of inbound M&A increased this year, largely caused by overseas companies making significant investments in joint ventures following recent regulatory changes in India.
Technology Innovation Identified as Top Growth Opportunity for (Re)insurance Industry in 2017, According to Guy Carpenter Annual Market Pulse Survey
Technology innovation will provide the biggest growth opportunities for (re)insurers in the year ahead, according to a survey released today by Guy Carpenter & Company. Now in its fifth year, the annual survey polled executives from insurance and reinsurance companies during the 2016 Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCIAA) Annual Meeting held in Dallas, Texas. The goal of this year’s survey was to identify the top opportunities and threats to profitable growth in the year ahead, as well as examine the most significant disruptive forces impacting the industry.
Nick Frankland, CEO EMEA, Guy Carpenter
The gap between insured losses and total economic losses remains stubbornly large - Swiss Re estimates that only 30 percent of global catastrophe losses in the ten years prior to 2015 were covered by insurance. Consequently, the remainder of the loss, USD 1.3 trillion, was borne by individuals, firms and governments, and this burden is increasing. Swiss Re estimates uninsured losses more than doubled from 0.08 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP) for the ten years from 1976 through 1985 to 0.17 percent for the years 2006 through 2015.