Posts Tagged ‘Risk Benchmarks Report’



January 10th, 2019

Balance Sheet Expansion: Opportunities and Challenges

Posted at 1:16 AM ET

balance_sheet_expansionFrom 2014 to 2017, the property and casualty (P&C) industry in the United States grew its collective capital position from USD 686 billion to USD 767 billion, a 3.8 percent compound annual growth rate*. This expansion in capital was achieved during a period when the normalized return profile of the P&C underwriting business was considered to be below the cost of capital. The growth of industry capital during this period of subpar underwriting returns provides insights into the expectations for carriers’ opportunities and challenges through 2018 and into the years ahead. Continue reading…

October 29th, 2018

As Insurance Market Cycle Evolves, Carriers Must Review Underwriting Strategies

Posted at 8:00 AM ET

Guy Carpenter has completed its annual review of property & casualty (P&C) results and found that insurers’ operating environment today is very different than just a few short years ago.

Formerly stable lines produced significant volatility in 2017, while others that often struggle to produce underwriting returns enjoyed multi-decade highs in profitability. And the familiar underwriting cycle has decoupled materially across long-tail casualty lines, with profitability, growth and reserve development moving in widely different directions by line and segment. These are just a few of the findings reported in the company’s 2018 Risk Benchmarks Research Report, which focuses on the risk and performance of US P&C insurers. Continue reading…

February 20th, 2018

Managing Catastrophe Model Change

Posted at 9:38 AM ET

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Incorporating new hazard and claims insights can improve the estimates derived from catastrophe models. By re-analyzing historical events using the latest scientific methods or refining claims with more granular geographical and line of business breakdowns, we can update models with the latest expertise and data. But model changes that yield large swings in loss estimates for frequent events must be carefully scrutinized to understand assumptions and processes in order to truly support ownership of risk.

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January 30th, 2018

Automobile Liability Market Update & Loss Trends Analysis

Posted at 10:00 AM ET

thumbanilFor most U.S. property and casualty (P&C) insurance companies, automobile liability (auto liability) line performance has typically been one of the major factors adversely impacting overall profitability in recent years. Since the economic crisis of 2008, combined ratios for the auto liability line have steadily deteriorated, putting pressure on carriers to advance strategies to reverse this trend. These strategies need to be developed in order to address the major components that negatively impact auto liability loss ratios - inadequate rates for the risk assumed and marked increases in both frequency and severity of loss.

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