Posts Tagged ‘US’



October 17th, 2017

California Wildfires – October 8-17, 2017 - Update

Posted at 6:52 PM ET

calif-wildfires-10-8-17-smWildfire activity has rendered especially severe impacts to certain areas of California since October 8, including areas of Napa, Sonoma and Solano Counties. Wildfire activity has also rendered impacts to areas of Orange County east of the Los Angeles Metro area. Rates of extreme fire spread were enabled by especially dry conditions together with offshore gusty winds to burn a total of at least 217,566 acres since October 8. Media reports indicate at least 41 fatalities, making this the deadliest series of fires in California history. At least 5,700 structures have been destroyed and thousands more remain under threat. Containment efforts have made significant progress in the last week, thanks to efforts of at least 10,000 firefighters and reduced winds. Cooler conditions with an increase in moisture are expected this week with a chance for some precipitation over Northern California, according to the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS); this should support containment efforts. It will take some time to fully ascertain the full scope and severity of this event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected.

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October 16th, 2017

Flood Insurance: The 2018 Market Opportunity - GC@PCI Commentary

Posted at 8:30 AM ET

hayes_j_bio-sm1kulik-john-sm3Jonathan Hayes, Managing Director and John Kulik, Senior Vice President

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  • The U.S. insurance industry is actively seeking new opportunities for growth in a challenging market by identifying untapped customer needs. The potential flood market is over five times the size of the most often mentioned new market, cyber insurance
  • Greater access to flood data and loss results and more reliable exposure modeling are enhancing the flood (re)insurance marketplace
  • Several developments are helping carriers understand and monitor aggregation

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October 10th, 2017

California Wildfires – October 8-10, 2017

Posted at 5:19 PM ET

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Wildfire activity has recently rendered severe impacts to areas of California, including the Napa Valley area as well as areas east of the Los Angeles Metro area. The event is still developing, but media reports indicate more than a thousand structures burned with thousands more still under threat. At least 13 fatalities have been reported. Rates of extreme fire spread have been enabled by especially dry conditions together with offshore gusty winds.

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October 10th, 2017

Hurricane Nate

Posted at 5:04 PM ET

hurricane-nate-smHurricane Nate made landfall on October 7 near the mouth of the Mississippi river and then near Biloxi, Mississippi as a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 85 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Nate is the fourth hurricane to make U.S. landfall in the past two months and the first hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Hurricane Katrina (2005).

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October 5th, 2017

GC Capital Ideas CAT-i Stories: Third Quarter, 2017

Posted at 4:00 AM ET

Here is a look back at the CAT-i stories covering July through September of 2017.

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September 21st, 2017

Catastrophe Events Occurring In North America Recently

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review GC Capital Ideas posts on the three most recent catastrophe events occurring in North America within a period of 16 days.

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September 19th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in the United States: The Market for Mortgage Credit Risk (Re)insurance: Part II

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

krohn_jeff_photo_crop-sm2tedeschi_john_photo_sm21Jeffrey Krohn, Managing Director, and John Tedeschi, Managing Director

To date, the government sponsored entities (GSEs) have placed more than USD 10 billion of limit into the reinsurance market through Fannie Mae’s Credit Insurance Risk Transfer and Freddie Mac’s Agency Credit Insurance Structure, and over USD 50 billion of risk into the capital markets through Fannie Mae’s Connecticut Avenue Securities and Freddie Mac’s Structured Agency Credit Risk. Both capital market and reinsurance programs provide the GSEs with a form of excess of loss coverage on closed pools of mortgages meeting very strict guidelines.

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September 18th, 2017

Public Sector Risk Financing Perspectives in the United States: The Market for Mortgage Credit Risk (Re)insurance: Part I

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

krohn_jeff_photo_crop-sm1tedeschi_john_photo_sm2Jeffrey Krohn, Managing Director, and John Tedeschi, Managing Director

The global financial crisis of 2008 exposed the U.S. mortgage industry, taxpayers, and the global capital markets to the loss potential of residential mortgage credit risk. The total shakeup of the U.S. housing sector resulted in:

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September 14th, 2017

Hurricane Irma - Update

Posted at 7:58 AM ET

hurricane-irma-9-13-smHurricane Irma was a large and destructive storm that rendered impacts to most of the Southeast United States including the Florida Keys as well as areas of the Caribbean. Impacts for areas of the Northern Leeward Islands and the Virgin Islands, as well as northern Cuba have been especially severe. For the United States, the most severe impacts have been in the Florida Keys due to both wind and storm surge, with flood impacts as far away as coastal Georgia and northeast Florida. Wind impacts extend from Tennessee to the Carolinas to Florida. At least 67 fatalities have been reported. It will take time to fully assess the full scope and severity of this ongoing event, and our first thoughts and concerns are with those directly affected.

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September 11th, 2017

Hurricane Irma

Posted at 2:41 PM ET

hurricane-irma-smHurricane Irma affected areas of the Caribbean and northern Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, while also passing near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Impacts in areas of the northern Leeward Islands and northern Cuba have been especially severe. While affecting northern Cuba, Irma weakened to a Category 3 hurricane before turning north towards the Florida Keys.

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