Posts Tagged ‘Reinsurance’



February 24th, 2015

Growth of Private Cat Bond Placements in 2014

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

In addition to 144A transactions, the fourth quarter was an active one for the private cat bond market (Regulation D, Regulation S and Rule (4(2)) securities offerings). The terms and conditions of such securities are typically confidential due to the private nature of the issuance, unless the sponsors or the placement agents publicize information about the transactions. As of December 31, 2014 approximately USD561.5 million of limit was transferred to the capital markets via 17 transactions. These figures represent a 210 percent increase in the notional amount of limit placed year-over-year, and a 183 percent increase in the number of transactions year-over-year.

Continue reading…

February 19th, 2015

Catastrophe Bond Indemnity Trigger in 2014

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Eighty-one percent of the property and casualty (P&C) risk capital (based only on 144A cat bond transactions) was structured with an indemnity trigger on either a per-occurrence, annual aggregate or multi-year aggregate basis. The use of indemnity triggers increased steadily from a low of 30 percent in 2011 to 55 percent in 2013.

Continue reading…

February 17th, 2015

Guy Carpenter Appoints Matthew Eagle as Head of International Analytics

Posted at 11:30 PM ET

Guy Carpenter today announced the appointment of Matthew Eagle as Managing Director and Head of International Analytics for Guy Carpenter. 

Continue reading…

February 11th, 2015

Features of Collateral Structures

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

A collateralized reinsurance transaction is one in which a market creates a trust account at the inception of the contract term and funds the account in an amount equal to the contract limit (less certain deductions). This funding mechanism provides the client with readily accessible funds in the event of a loss that are segregated from the other assets of the market and remains available even if the market becomes insolvent. A collateralized reinsurance transaction also requires a pre-negotiated release of assets in the trust fund back to the market if there are no losses or if loss development is less than the contract limit.

Continue reading…

February 10th, 2015

Managing Counterparty Risk

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Guy Carpenter helps our clients manage the specific counterparty risk elements associated with collateralized markets. The credit analysis of collateralized markets is different than the analysis of a traditional reinsurer.

Continue reading…

February 9th, 2015

Capital Markets Developing Trends

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Capital markets capacity continues to innovate as highlighted by the recent issuance of a catastrophe bond by the MTA . This issue, MetroCat, which came to market in July 2013, demonstrated the willingness of capital markets investors to assume storm surge and flood risk from named storms in a cost effective manner.

Continue reading…

February 5th, 2015

GC Videocast - Overview of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management Framework and Application

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Eric Paire, Head of Strategic Advisory EMEA, Guy Carpenter, presented the sixth part of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series describing the “multi-layer” approach that Guy Carpenter and Mercer will adopt when working exclusively with insurance clients to holistically manage capital and strengthen balance sheets. The approach includes an extensive evaluation of the investment and reinsurance portfolios to understand client needs, an assessment of the rationale for freeing-up and/or moving capital and a consideration of  modeling aspects such as the Solvency II standard formula, internal models or rating agency models.

Continue reading…

February 4th, 2015

GC Videocast - Overview of the Benefits of Holistic Balance Sheet Management

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

In the fifth installment of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series, Russell Lee, Insurance Consultant, Mercer, shares his thoughts on how a holistic approach to capital management can benefit insurance companies in the face of challenging investment and underwriting conditions.

Continue reading…

February 3rd, 2015

GC Videocast - Reinsurance Solutions

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Andrew Cox, Capital Optimization, Guy Carpenter, and Niall Clifford, Financial Strategy Group, Mercer, explore a number of reinsurance solutions available to insurance companies in the fourth video installment of the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series.

Continue reading…

January 28th, 2015

GC Videocast - Linking Risk Appetite to Strategy

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

In the second video in the Holistic Balance Sheet Management series, Andrew Cox, Capital Optimization, Guy Carpenter and Niall Clifford, Financial Strategy Group, Mercer, explore how companies should approach investment risk and the link between investment strategy, risk appetite and reinsurance strategy. A key focus for insurance companies should be to link their investment strategy with their risk appetite metrics. While any increase in return on capital may seem very attractive, it is important that companies ensure that the risks they are taking are in line with their risk appetite and that they are aware of their constraints, allowing them to take risks in a measured way. Investment strategy should be considered alongside regulatory requirements, as a key aspect of Solvency II relates to how well each company understands the risks in its portfolio.

Continue reading…