Global Insurance Prices Have Increased Every Quarter for Two Years: Global commercial insurance prices rose by 8 percent in the third quarter of 2019. All three major product lines — property, casualty, and financial and professional — showed increases, with the third quarter of 2019 marking the eighth straight quarter of increases in the Marsh Global Insurance Market Index since its inception in 2012.
Survey: Cyberattacks Are the Number One Risk to Doing Business in U.S. and Canada: Results from the World Economic Forum’s 2019 Executive Opinion Survey indicate that for business executives in both Canada and the United States, “cyberattacks” are once again – by a large margin – the number one risk to doing business. This is a top risk in Europe and East Asia and the Pacific as well, where it now ranks first and second, respectively. The persistence of this risk at the top of mind for business leaders in these regions highlights the growing sophistication and proliferation of cyberattacks, and the corresponding exposure businesses are facing.
Asia Pacific 2019: Guy Carpenter Asia Pacific Rate-On-Line (ROL) Index Rose: The Guy Carpenter Asia Pacific Rate-On-Line (ROL) Index rose in 2019; this was the first time in nearly a decade that the index did not decline. Price increases were not uniform across the region, but were targeted toward cedents or even specific layers that suffered losses. Consequently, following Typhoon Jebi, which occurred in September 2018, price increases were significant for Japanese typhoon buyers. Also, there were moderate increases for certain cedents in Australia, while prices remained broadly flat for other perils and geographies.
Emerging From the Shadows; Casualty: Casualty (re)insurance is often overshadowed by developments in property lines. As the last two years have shown, the human impact and devastating damage caused by catastrophes such as hurricanes, typhoons, wildfires and earthquakes tend to dominate the headlines.
How to Protect Data in an Age of Digital Seamlessness: The trend toward digital seamlessness is accelerating; industries from finance to health care are increasingly using seamless technologies to make it easier for consumers to use their products and services. More than four billion people now own a smartphone, with many using them to buy groceries, manage finances, book travel, arrange deliveries or receive health care.
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Baden Baden: GC@BB Commentary Roundup: Here we highlight the most popular stories among our GC@BB series, which featured our review of critical issues shaping the reinsurance industry. These were the focus of discussions at the recent Baden Baden Reinsurance Symposium, which was hosted by Guy Carpenter.