Posts Tagged ‘US’



June 30th, 2015

Guy Carpenter Names Tim Gardner CEO of U.S. Operations

Posted at 10:45 PM ET

Guy Carpenter today announced the appointment of Tim Gardner as CEO of U.S. Operations effective August 1, 2015. Mr. Gardner will be a member of the Guy Carpenter Board of Managers and he will be based in New York.

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June 29th, 2015

First Time Cat Bond Issuers, Q1 2015

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

In a promising sign for the 144A P&C catastrophe bond market, one new issuer successfully obtained capital markets protection during the first quarter. Safepoint Insurance Company, seeking to establish long-term relationships with alternative capital providers, issued USD100 million of Principal At-Risk Variable Rate Notes via a newly established catastrophe bond shelf program, Manatee Re Ltd. Series 2015-1. As the deal upsized from USD75 million, the insurance-linked securities investor base accommodated the growing Florida insurer, clearly demonstrating investors’ willingness to assume risk from start-up and/or growing insurance companies seeking protection in 144A bond format.

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June 25th, 2015

Repeat Cat Bond Issuers, Q1 2015

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Six repeat sponsors re-entered the market in the three months ending March 31, each issuing either replacement coverage or additional limit in advance of the North Atlantic wind season. Many of the repeat sponsors sought to continue to take advantage of attractive pricing as demonstrated by Catlin’s Galileo Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes. This particular transaction was Catlin’s second catastrophe bond issuance through the Galileo Re Ltd. catastrophe bond facility and fifth overall 144A catastrophe bond issuance, with the 2015-1 tranche sitting below the outstanding Series 2013-1 layer. The 2015-1 Notes demonstrate that investors continue to show an interest in high risk/higher yielding products as the initial risk interest spread on the Galileo Re Series 2015-1 Notes is 13.50 percent with a modeled annual expected loss of 8.60 percent on a sensitivity basis - based on AIR risk analysis.

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June 22nd, 2015

Guy Carpenter Releases 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Briefing

Posted at 10:49 PM ET

Guy Carpenter today released a briefing on the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season. According to the report, hurricane activity for the Atlantic Basin is projected to be below average for the 2015 season although impactful landfalls can occur in any hurricane season, even those of reduced activity.

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June 17th, 2015

Tropical Storm Bill

Posted at 2:15 PM ET

bill-track-2015-smallTropical Storm Bill made landfall at about 11:45 CDT (16:45 UTC) yesterday on Matagorda Island, Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 60 mph according to the NHC. Bill inflicted storm force winds, a storm surge of at least three feet and heavy rainfall to an area still saturated from the excessive rains of last month.

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June 17th, 2015

Cyber-attacks: Mounting Concerns

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review recent GC Capital Ideas stories on mounting concerns over cyber-attacks.

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June 16th, 2015

Cat Bond Update: Q1 2015 — Issuance Reaches Historic Volume

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

GC Securities’* briefing, “Catastrophe Bond Update: First Quarter 2015″ is now available.

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June 11th, 2015

Review – Americas Cat Losses - 2014

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

Here we review the Americas catastrophe losses for 2014.

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June 9th, 2015

Global Catastrophe Overview – 2014

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

2014 was a quiet year, with significant insured losses totaling around USD33 billion. Insured losses were below the ten-year and five-year moving averages of around USD59 billion and USD56 billion, respectively (see graphs below).

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June 4th, 2015

June 1, 2015 Renewals Show Rate of Price Declines Moderating

Posted at 5:52 AM ET

Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, a leading global risk and reinsurance specialist and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE:MMC), reports that after two years of  price decreases averaging 15 percent on U.S. property catastrophe placements, risk-adjusted pricing moderated at the most recent June renewals.

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