Posts Tagged ‘Week in Review’



July 3rd, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: June 27 — July 3, 2015

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First Time Cat Bond Issuers, Q1 2015: 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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Guy Carpenter Names Tim Gardner CEO of U.S. Operations: Guy Carpenter 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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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Private Catastrophe Bond Market, Q1 2015: The private catastrophe bond market continues to grow steadily in 2015, with USD196.7 million of limit placed in rule 4(2) private placement format via six transactions through March 31, 2015. The 2015 year-to-date volume (through March 31, 2015) has exceeded the total full-year issuance in the individual years 2011, 2012 and 2013. Total year-end issuance in 2014 was USD561.5 million across 17 transactions. As the industry continues to develop and enhance platforms to facilitate issuance of smaller catastrophe bonds, it is likely the market will continue to see further issuance in such a format over 2015.

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June 1, 2015 Renewals Show Rate of Price Declines Moderating: 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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Insured Cat Losses - Europe/Middle East/Africa - 2014: Insured losses for the regions encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa accounted for around 21 percent of global insured losses in 2014. The most significant events included the severe convective outbreak (hail and windstorm Ela) that affected areas including Germany, France, Belgium and Austria. A frontal boundary crossing the area initiated severe thunderstorms and supercells. The thunderstorms inflicted damaging wind gusts and hail over a widespread area with reports of hail exceeding seven centimeters (2.8 inches) in diameter and isolated reports of hailstones as large as 12 centimeters (4.7 inches). Estimated insured losses from this event were around USD2.8 billion.

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Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

June 26th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: June 20 — 26, 2015

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Evolving Role of Reinsurance in Public Sector Risk: Here we review the evolving role of reinsurance in mitigating public sector risk through the expanding deployment of reinsurance and capital market solutions.

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Guy Carpenter Releases 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season Briefing: Guy Carpenter 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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Microinsurance Consortium and Venture Incubator Announces New Name: The Microinsurance Consortium, led by a group of leading companies in the insurance industry, announced a new name for their microinsurance venture incubator (MVI) - Blue Marble Microinsurance. The consortium consists of American International Group, Inc., Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC together with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd., Old Mutual plc, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company, XL Catlin, and Zurich Insurance Group.

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Chart: Q1 Cat Bond Issuance Reaches Historic Volume: Chart presents the 144A P&C catastrophe bond issuance from 1998 through the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter is particularly active in terms of issuance for the P&C cat bond market and this characteristic continued into 2015 as USD1.49 billion of 144A P&C cat bond limit was successfully placed with investors, the highest first quarter volume in history.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Guy Carpenter Announces MetaRisk® 8: Guy Carpenter announced the release of MetaRisk® 8, the latest version of the firm’s premier risk and capital management decision-making tool.

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Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

June 19th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: June 13 — 19, 2015

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Microinsurance Consortium and Venture Incubator Announces New Name: The Microinsurance Consortium, led by a group of leading companies in the insurance industry, announced a new name for their microinsurance venture incubator (MVI) - Blue Marble Microinsurance. The consortium consists of American International Group, Inc., Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC together with Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd., Old Mutual plc, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company, XL Catlin, and Zurich Insurance Group.

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

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Cat Bond Update: Q1 2015 - Issuance Reaches Historic Volume: GC Securities’* briefing, “Catastrophe Bond Update: First Quarter 2015″ is now available.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Parametric CAT Derivatives to “Build Back Better”: Destruction caused by catastrophes often unfolds due to inadequate construction practices or land use planning. The likely response to these events is to strive to “build back better,” in part by addressing the mistakes of the past. Unfortunately, communities that embrace this challenge often find that they lack the financial resources for it and ambitious reconstruction projects lose momentum.

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Tropical Storm Bill: Tropical Storm Bill made landfall at about 11:45 CDT (16:45 UTC) 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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*Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

June 12th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: June 6 — 12, 2015

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Guy Carpenter Launches CAT Risk Studio to Enhance Catastrophe Risk Analysis Capabilities: Guy Carpenter launched CAT Risk Studio (CRS), a new division that will support Guy Carpenter’s Model Suitability Analysis (MSA)® initiative and will work closely with GC Securities* on the development of parametric products for catastrophe risk transfer. CRS establishes Guy Carpenter’s presence at the Marsh & McLennan Innovation Centre in Dublin, Ireland.

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Guy Carpenter Launches the Financial Institutions and Cyber Components of the GC ForCas℠ Casualty Catastrophe Modeling Platform: Guy Carpenter announced the launch of the Financial Institutions and Cyber components of the GC ForCas casualty catastrophe modeling platform. GC ForCas is a stochastic modeling platform developed to help insurance carriers better understand their exposure to casualty catastrophe losses resulting from the accumulation of U.S. Commercial Lines insurance policies.

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June 1, 2015 Renewals Show Rate of Price Declines Moderating: Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, a leading global risk and reinsurance specialist and a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, 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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Global Catastrophe Overview - 2014: 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.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Alamo Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes for the State of Texas’s Windpool: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of the Series 2015-1 Notes, with notional principal of USD 700,000,000, through the existing catastrophe bond shelf program, Alamo Re Ltd., to benefit the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). This is the largest 144A catastrophe bond completed to date in 2015 and the second time that TWIA has utilized the cat bond market to manage its tropical cyclone risks.

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*Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

June 5th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: May 30 — June 5, 2015

Posted at 7:00 AM ET

June 1, 2015 Renewals Show Rate of Price Declines Moderating: 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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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Chart: Significant Insured Losses - 2011 to YE 2014: Reports losses by quarter.

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GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Cranberry Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes for the State of Massachusetts’s Residual Market Insurer: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of Series 2015-1 Class A Principal At-Risk Variable Rate Notes due July 6, 2018, with notional principal of USD 300,000,000, through a newly formed catastrophe bond shelf program, Cranberry Re Ltd., to benefit the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriting Association (MPIUA).

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U.S. Texas and Oklahoma Flooding - Update: Another round of heavy thunderstorms and intense rainfall affected the Southern Plains over the weekend. This follows a month of excessive rainfall in the area, with frequent periods of organized and slow-moving intense thunderstorms. Widespread and severe flooding has affected many areas, including flash flooding in both the Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth areas. Many area rivers have yet to crest after the last round of heavy rainfall.

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Benchmarks for Enterprise Risk Management Disclosures: Here we present GC Capital Ideas’ stories on analyses of enterprise risk management disclosures. A 2014 study updated the analysis done in 2009, one of our most popular stories. The full briefings are attached.

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*Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

May 29th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: May 23 — 29, 2015

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Benchmarks for Enterprise Risk Management Disclosures: Here we present GC Capital Ideas’ stories on analyses of enterprise risk management disclosures. A 2014 study updated the analysis done in 2009, one of our most popular stories. The full briefings are attached.

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Chart: Combined Ratio For Guy Carpenter Composite, YE 2014: Chart presents combined ratio for the Guy Carpenter Global Reinsurance Composite, 2004 through year end 2014.

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U.S. Texas and Oklahoma Flooding: Organized thunderstorm clusters produced excessive rainfall over the Memorial Day Weekend, triggering extreme flooding in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. In Houston, Texas, 11 inches of rainfall was unofficially reported between 9 p.m. CDT Monday through 3 a.m. CDT Tuesday. Austin, Texas also experienced seven inches of rainfall.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Emerging Risk Challenges And Opportunities: A cursory reading of just a few of the publications on the topic of emerging risks quickly resembles a crash-course in risk aversion therapy. We have been subjected to a bewildering and ever lengthening series of lists of emerging risks. Swiss Re recently identified 26 such risks, Hannover Re has an ongoing list of 14 while the World Economic Forum in its Global Risks 2014 lists 31 global risks.

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GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Pelican III Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes for Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation: GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, announced the placement of the Series 2015-1 Notes, with notional principal at $100,000,000, through a newly formed Bermuda domiciled catastrophe bond shelf program, Pelican III Re Ltd., to benefit Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (”LA Citizens”). This is the third time that LA Citizens has utilized the cat bond market to manage its tropical cyclone risks.

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*Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

May 22nd, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: May 16 — 22, 2015

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Emerging Risk Challenges And Opportunities: A cursory reading of just a few of the publications on the topic of emerging risks quickly resembles a crash-course in risk aversion therapy. We have been subjected to a bewildering and ever lengthening series of lists of emerging risks. Swiss Re recently identified 26 such risks, Hannover Re has an ongoing list of 14 while the World Economic Forum in its Global Risks 2014 lists 31 global risks.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Approach of Atlantic Hurricane Season: As we approach the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we review CAT-i stories covering the major storms from 2014.

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GC Capital Ideas Videocasts: A key feature of GC Capital Ideas is its Videocast series. Here we review recent video posts.

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Risk Profile, Appetite, and Tolerance: Fundamental Concepts in Risk Management and Reinsurance Effectiveness: Prior to the recent turbulence in the financial markets, insurers and reinsurers were increasing their use of enterprise risk management (ERM) to make risk and capital management decisions. While this was driven in part by rating agencies and regulators, many carriers began to recognize the value of metric-based frameworks and capital models in evaluating their portfolios.

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Notable Insured Global Losses in 2014: Notable insured losses in 2014 included the February snowstorms in Japan, frequent winter storms affecting Europe, flooding in the United Kingdom and a cold, stormy winter in the eastern half of North America. The arrival of spring in the second quarter produced several severe convective outbreaks in the United States and hail and windstorm Ela in Europe. A busy East-Pacific hurricane season brought Hurricane Odile to the Baja Peninsula. In the West Pacific, Typhoon Rammasun affected China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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May 15th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: May 9 — 15, 2015

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Approach of Atlantic Hurricane Season: As we approach the beginning of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we review CAT-i stories covering the major storms from 2014.

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Guy Carpenter Appoints Former New York State Superintendent of Insurance James Wrynn as Vice Chairman of US Strategic Advisory: Guy Carpenter announced the appointment of former New York State Superintendent of Insurance James J. Wrynn as Vice Chairman of US Strategic Advisory and a Managing Director. Mr. Wrynn reports to Andrew Marcell, CEO of US Operations, Guy Carpenter, effective, May 11.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Impact of Insurance Market Cycles on Insurers’ Reserves: Here we review GC Capital Ideas stories on the impact of insurance market cycles on insurers’ reserves.

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Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which is Best for Solvency Capital?: Here we review how a holistic approach to managing solvency capital requirements can benefit insurers’ bottom line.

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Cat Bonds: 2015 Trends: Pricing levels for first quarter 2015 deals will be influenced by the number of bonds maturing during the period. January alone will see USD2.3 billion of principal returned to investors as ten transactions have or are set to mature (absent any triggering event). Additionally, another USD1.24 billion of capital will be returned to investors in February and March, taking the total notional value of first quarter 2015 maturities to USD3.54 billion. Such maturities in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space in the first half of 2015, which has the highest percentage of outstanding cat bonds as of the end of the preceding year since 2011, is expected to provide further pressure to lower ILS pricing.

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Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

May 8th, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: May 2 — 8, 2015

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Impact of Insurance Market Cycles on Insurers’ Reserves: Here we review GC Capital Ideas stories on the impact of insurance market cycles on insurers’ reserves.

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New Solutions Help Mutual Insurers Face Market Challenges: Mutual insurance companies of all sizes currently face challenging market conditions where success requires not only focused distribution and operational excellence, but also access to increasingly sophisticated analytics services and products. How these firms use their resources and advanced technology to respond to these issues will separate market outperformers from underperformers.

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Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which Is Best for Solvency Capital?: In recent months a number of market commentators have opined on the merits of proportional reinsurance versus subordinated debt (sub debt), some favoring reinsurance solutions and some favoring sub debt, but generally finding results in line with the products their companies offered. Guy Carpenter feels reinsurance or sub debt alone is unlikely to provide the best solution to meet solvency capital requirements. Instead, a blended approach should be considered.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015. 

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7.8Mw Earthquake - Lamjung, Nepal: Nepal experienced a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on April 25, followed by two major aftershocks on April 25 and 26 of magnitude 6.6 and 6.7, respectively, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Media reports indicate at least 5,582 fatalities, 11,200 injuries, and at least eight million people affected. Infrastructure and transportation routes have been severely disrupted and food and water shortages are of great concern. The USGS PAGER service estimates most probable economic losses between USD1 and USD10 billion. It is clear from media reports that impacts have been widespread and of excessive severity and our first thoughts and concerns are with the millions affected by this tragic event.

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Catastrophe Bond Indemnity Trigger in 2014: 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.

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Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

May 1st, 2015

Week’s Top Stories: April 25 — May 1, 2015

Posted at 8:00 AM ET

Reinsurance Versus Subordinate Debt: Which Is Best for Solvency Capital?: In recent months a number of market commentators have opined on the merits of proportional reinsurance versus subordinated debt (sub debt), some favoring reinsurance solutions and some favoring sub debt, but generally finding results in line with the products their companies offered. Guy Carpenter feels reinsurance or sub debt alone is unlikely to provide the best solution to meet solvency capital requirements. Instead, a blended approach should be considered.

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Guy Carpenter Unveils New Digital Strategy and Innovative Electronic Platform: Guy Carpenter announced a new digital strategy, unveiling an innovative platform - GC Exchange℠ and its unique suite of electronic solutions, including GC MarketPlace℠ and GCReBID℠.

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GC Securities* Catastrophe Bond Update, First Quarter 2015: High-volume maturities coupled with a diverse and steady stream of new issuances created a dynamic market environment in the first quarter of 2015. The first quarter of each year is particularly active in terms of issuance for the property/casualty (P&C) catastrophe bond market, and this characteristic continued into 2015 as USD1.49 billion of 144A P&C catastrophe bond limit was successfully placed with investors, one of the highest first quarter volumes in the history of the 144A marketplace. However, the first quarter also had the highest ever volume of 144A P&C catastrophe bonds maturing, returning USD3.544 billion of principal to investors. As of March 31, 2015, USD20.813 billion of P&C 144A catastrophe bond risk capital was outstanding.

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Chart: Global Property Catastrophe ROL Index 1990 to 2015: The Guy Carpenter Global Property Catastrophe Rate on Line (ROL) index is presented for 1990 through 2015.

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Guy Carpenter Launches New Public Sector Specialty Practice: Guy Carpenter announced the launch of the Public Sector Specialty Practice. This global team is focused exclusively on the unique risk management needs of governmental agencies and entities.

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Chart: P&C M&A Activity 2006 to 2015: Chart presents property/casualty (P&C) merger and acquisition (M&A) activity primarily for United States and Bermuda-based companies over the past 10 years. The chart illustrates the number of deals and deal volume over that period.

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*Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities Corp., MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product. **GC Analytics is a registered mark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.