Posts Tagged ‘rating agencies’



September 3rd, 2014

Private Market Involvement in US Terror Risk Market

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Prior to September 11, 2001, coverage for terrorism-related losses was generally included in standard catastrophe reinsurance agreements without specific charges. However, the USD20 billion loss that reinsurers paid out following the September 11, 2001 attacks prompted companies to quickly exclude terror coverage in standard agreements for most lines of business. Terrorism exclusions therefore became standard in catastrophe reinsurance programs at the January 1, 2002 renewal, seriously diminishing the availability of terrorism reinsurance capacity. Concerned that the lack of terrorism coverage would hit the American economy, the US Congress passed the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) into law in November 2002.

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May 29th, 2014

Guy Carpenter Strategic Advisory Appoints Two Prominent Rating Agency Executives

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Guy Carpenter today announced the appointments of Eric Simpson as Managing Director and Mark Murray as Senior Vice President. Mr. Murray reports to Mr. Simpson, who reports directly to Jack Snyder, Managing Director, Head of the Rating Agency Practice, Guy Carpenter Strategic Advisory. Both are based in the Philadelphia office. Mr. Simpson joined Guy Carpenter on April 28 and Mr. Murray on April 21.

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December 17th, 2013

Models on GC Capital Ideas

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Here we highlight recent stories that have appeared on GC Capital Ideas on models and modeling

Guy Carpenter Insights on A.M. Best’s 2013 Updates: A.M. Best has recently issued several insurance ratings updates. Guy Carpenter has reviewed those updates and has key insights to help companies better understand their potential impact.

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Uncertainty in Catastrophe Models:  How Much of it is Reasonable?  It seems reasonable to expect a degree of uncertainty in catastrophe model results. It is not uncommon, however, for models to produce results that differ by several factors. In order to assess how much of this uncertainty is epistemic, due to our incomplete knowledge of the physical phenomena involved, this existing uncertainty needs to be quantified.

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June 24th, 2013

Guy Carpenter Launches New Mutual Company Specialty Practice

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Guy Carpenter announced the launch of its new Mutual Company Specialty Practice, which will focus exclusively on the unique needs of mutual insurance companies. The practice will consist of a team of seasoned professionals dedicated to helping mutual company clients protect their capital and grow profitably.

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June 18th, 2013

Chart: RBC Ratio to BCAR

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In Figure 1, RBC Ratio is defined as the ratio of aggregate Total Adjusted Capital to Authorized Control Level RBC for each of 111 combined insurance groups. Plotted against BCAR, there is clearly a strong correlation between the measures, though the relationship is not perfect.

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April 4th, 2013

What About the “S” in ORSA? Actuaries Raise Their Hands: Part II

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Micah Woolstenhulme, Senior Vice President
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This post is Part II of an earlier post that reviewed a session held at the Casualty Actuarial Society Annual Meeting.  In that session, attendees hypothetically viewed the P&C industry as a single large company. Audience members were shareholders and session panelists adopted various executive and leadership roles in the company. The meeting’s task was to vet an economic capital model before the board of directors, allowing individual shareholders the freedom to openly question the model’s input and results. This model, if properly developed and embedded into the company’s strategic management, would represent a key component of the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA) Summary Report that will be required of large companies in the industry as early as 2015. Along the way, the presentation and board discussion were interrupted to poll the audience members on several interesting questions.

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April 3rd, 2013

What About the “S” in ORSA? Actuaries Raise Their Hands: Part I

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Micah Woolstenhulme, Senior Vice President
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At the 2012 Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, the general session, “Economic Capital Modeling for ORSA in the U.S. Property and Casualty (P&C) Industry:  The Stakeholders Convene,” afforded participants a novel opportunity to satisfy their continuing education credits. In that session, attendees hypothetically viewed the P&C industry as a single large company. Audience members were shareholders and session panelists adopted various executive and leadership roles in the company.

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November 19th, 2012

Implications of Emerging Market Growth: ERM

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David Flandro, Global Head of Business Intelligence, Julian Alovisi, Assistant Vice President and Lucy Dalimonte, Senior Vice President
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Although improvements in ERM practices meant (re)insurers were better prepared for the major catastrophes of 2010 and 2011 than those in 2005, the global nature of these losses has prompted some companies to review their perception of risk. This international loss trend, along with insurance growth in emerging market regions, is driving the need for better and more comprehensive tools for modeling risk. It also reinforces the need for (re)insurers to carefully consider how and where they diversify their business geographically and the adequacy of pricing in these territories.

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October 30th, 2012

Capital Model Embeddedness

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Paul Silberbush, Managing Director
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Capital models are becoming more and more “embedded” into property and casualty (re)insurers’ business processes. These models are typically constructed with two distinct and often contrasting purposes: 1) measuring capital for rating agency and/or regulatory requirements and 2) risk management and strategic business planning.

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October 23rd, 2012

Standard & Poor’s Proposed Criteria – Guy Carpenter’s View on Key Ratings Drivers

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arendal_birgitte_photomatt-gc-portraitBirgitte Arendal, Senior Vice President and Matthew Day, Senior Vice President
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Standard & Poor’s (S&P) proposed insurance rating criteria framework includes significant changes that may adversely impact financial strength ratings of (re)insurers. The new framework is expected to be published and become effective in early 2013. Guy Carpenter has examined the three key proposed criteria changes. In our opinion, these can drive rating changes especially for (re)insurers in the United States and other developed countries with “A” and “AA” range financial strength ratings.

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