Posts Tagged ‘risk’



March 22nd, 2017

Strategic Growth Analysis – The Guy Carpenter Approach: Part I

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The changes in today’s property and casualty (P&C) insurance marketplace present insurers with many challenges to capital management and risk transfer techniques. Insurers are compelled to leverage their capital positions to increase and diversify their market shares to an unprecedented degree. Preserving the status quo is not an option for long-term viability. Profitable growth is a key priority for companies seeking additional return. Companies need to enter new lines of business or geographies strategically with proper analysis. Guy Carpenter offers proprietary analytical tools, intellectual capital and expertise to help companies determine and evaluate their growth plans while maintaining an acceptable level of risk and profitability.

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March 21st, 2017

Emerging Practices in Risk Tolerances: Part II

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brian-fischer-2014-hs-sm1Brian C. Fischer, Managing Director, GC Analytics®

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As A.M. Best implements a new rating methodology with enterprise risk management (ERM) as a specific rating category, risk tolerances will play an increasingly important role with the potential to further differentiate risk profiles in Best’s evaluation of companies’ risk and capital needs. Risk tolerances will likely positively impact a company’s ERM evaluation when A.M. Best deems the company’s risk tolerances as adequate and appropriate.

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February 15th, 2017

The U.S. Financial and Professional Insurance Market in 2017: 10 Trends to Watch

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From cyber risk to the changing regulatory landscape to increasing liability challenges for directors and officers, risks continue to evolve within the financial and professional liability insurance marketplace. What’s in store in the year ahead? Continue reading…

February 14th, 2017

Chart: Solvency II Ratios as of End of H1 2016

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Chart presents (re)insurers’ Solvency II ratios compiled by Guy Carpenter for the first half of 2016. Many companies publish their solvency ratios without being required to do so, and some others actually specify target solvency ratio ranges as part of their risk appetite and financial targets. Solvency ratios are another metric for investors to use when assessing the relative financial strength of companies - and (re)insurance buyers can do the same when assessing counterparty risk.

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February 7th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives – Sharing Visual Intelligence for Disaster Response: Part I

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As governments and emergency responders focus on search and rescue in the hours and days following catastrophic events, the (re)insurance industry is autonomously responding with visual technologies for loss assessment.

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February 6th, 2017

Evolving Risks Landscape: 2008—2017

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Social and environmental risks have supplanted economic ones as issues of greatest concern among respondents to the Global Risks Perception Survey. The survey was completed by almost 750 members of the World Economic Forum’s global multistakeholder community and the results analyzed in the World Economic Forum 2017 Global Risks Report, which was published by the World Economic Forum with support from Marsh & McLennan Companies and other partners.

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January 24th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in Asia Pacific: Part II: Highlights of Recent Initiatives

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In July 2016, the China Residential Earthquake Insurance Pool (CREIP) was jointly established by the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) and Ministry of Finance. In development since 2014, the scheme consists of 45 insurers distributing policies with basic limits of USD 7,500 and USD 3,000 for urban and rural residents, respectively. Coverage up to a maximum limit of USD 150,000 is negotiable. The claims process has been simplified with payouts equaling zero, 50 or 100 percent of the policy limit based on five damage levels.

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January 20th, 2017

Survey: Geopolitical Risk Is Now a Top Concern for Finance Professionals

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2017risksurvey_cover-thumbnail-smGeopolitical risk is having a bigger impact on earnings than ever before — and senior management and boards are taking notice.

According to the 2017 Association for Financial Professionals Risk Survey, supported by Marsh & McLennan Companies, 49 percent of finance professionals believe their organizations are exposed to greater earnings uncertainty than they were three years ago.

In addition, 52 percent of Treasury & Finance functions are considering the impact on their organization’s growth expectations due to a geopolitical event. That’s no surprise given that 46 percent say their C-suite and board were concerned about geopolitical risk in 2016.

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January 17th, 2017

Further Considerations on the Hurricane “Shield” Theory

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james-wallerJames Waller, Ph.D, Research Meteorologist

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A recent New York Times article titled “Conditions That Form More Hurricanes Also Protect U.S., Study Finds” (1) notes a hurricane “shield” for the U.S. coast during busy hurricane seasons. The article, based on recent research by James Kossin, (2) provides valuable insight, including some notes of caution from other experts in the field, but the observations should be treated with a moment of pause. Some key points to consider:

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January 13th, 2017

Global Risks Report 2017

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global-risks-report-landing-page-sm1The 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.

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