Posts Tagged ‘multi year’



April 9th, 2009

Catastrophe Risk Management Options for the Smaller Insurance Company

Posted at 12:00 PM ET

rains_david_bioDavid Rains, FSA, MAAA — Managing Director and Head of the Life, Accident and Health Specialty Practice, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC
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Every life insurer is exposed to catastrophe risk. The largest carriers, of course, tend to have the capital on hand to absorb substantial losses and can rely on economies of scale to make reinsurance more affordable. Smaller life insurers, on the other hand, do not always have the same risk management tools available at a proportionate cost. Thus, they may feel forced to retain risks which, if realized, could imperil solvency. Fortunately, there are products on the market that make cover attainable for smaller life insurers.

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October 31st, 2008

Week’s Top Stories: Oct 25 - 31, 2008

Posted at 9:03 AM ET

Carrier Capital Softens the Financial Blow: the market is experiencing a fundamental tension of factors right now.

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Cat Risk Comes Out of Hiding: advances in casualty catastrophe modeling may help protect you from “hidden” portfolio exposures.

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Uncover and Mitigate Product Liability Risk: avert a Casualty Catastrophe: few grasp the full extent of product liability insurance exposure.

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ERM: Part of the Answer to Financial Catastrophes: while hurricanes spun through the Gulf of Mexico last month, a larger catastrophe ripped through New York, London, Shanghai, and every other major financial center in the world.

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Models Rise to Flooding Challenge: most models have not been able to address the complexity of this peril, rendering targeted risk management impossible.

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Multi-Year Cover Gaining Steam in LA&H: the use of multi-year cover for accident and health lines of business, though in its infancy, could be the next step in mitigating risk and reducing ambiguity.

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October 29th, 2008

Multi-Year Cover Gaining Steam in LA&H

Posted at 9:00 AM ET

David Rains, Managing Director
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Carriers thrive on predictability. Risk management techniques, models, and sometimes intricate programs are devised to anticipate insured losses and take the appropriate risk transfer measures. The use of multi-year cover for accident and health lines of business, though in its infancy, could be the next step in mitigating risk and reducing ambiguity. With a longer-term commitment, (re)insurers trade price advantages that come from sharp turns in the market for the predictability that both crave, particularly when the market becomes volatile.

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August 16th, 2008

Approaching a Natural Floor on LA&H Rates

Posted at 2:39 PM ET

David Rains, Managing Director
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Life, Accident and Health cedent behavior was relatively unchanged at July 1, 2008 renewals. Prices have continued to come down, thanks to several consecutive benign loss years. Rates are beginning to stabilize for some product lines, including medical stop-loss and long-term disability, though the underlying reasons varied with the types of coverage sought. Insurers also are starting to investigate multi-year coverage to protect against volatility and maintain coverage in the event of market discontinuity, and reinsurers have begun to respond.

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