Category Archives: Analytics

Volcano Risk: Have we Learned any Lessons?

Don’t miss the exhibition Life and Death: Pompeii and Herculaneum still showing at London’s British Museum for a few days. For a place so closely associated in everyone’s mind with sudden death, the curators managed to put the emphasis on … Continue reading →

Clean Air and Tropical Storm Frequency

earth, aerosols, atmosphere, climate change

Using the word ‘aerosol’ in everyday language might generally be associated with spray cans. However besides styling our hair or odourising a room, aerosols are known to influence various physical processes in our atmosphere. Continue reading →

Stemming the Flow: Flooding in Central Europe

Prolonged heavy rainfall across central Europe combined with a wet May has brought widespread flooding to much of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. In response, Willis has mobilised field teams to document the evolution of the flood wave, survey … Continue reading →

Could an Earthquake Cause the Next Financial Crisis?

On January 17, 1995, an earthquake struck the Japanese port city of Kobe, killing 6,500 people and destroying $100 billion worth of property and capital. Five weeks later, Barings Bank was declared insolvent after admitting losses of $1.3 billion, twice the … Continue reading →

Big Data: Is it all just Big Jargon?

Big Data

A colleague recently shared with me an amusing article regarding the phenomenon we know as “Big Data”. As a technical person, I could empathise with many of the author’s observations and share the view that many of us feel that … Continue reading →

U.S. Insurers Need to Get Ready for ORSA


Slowly, but surely, and without a lot of fanfare, U.S. insurance regulators have been orchestrating a sea change in their interaction with companies over solvency.  Not as dramatic as Solvency II in Europe, but the U.S. changes are actually happening … Continue reading →

Russian Meteor Begs the Question: Can we Prepare for Asteroid Strikes?

Recently, I met scientists from Imperial College London to discuss whether or not climate change in the Artic is increasing the risk of landslide-triggered tsunamis in the UK. One of those very low-frequency, high-impact risks. Wait for it… Continue reading →

What Risks Will Emerge in 2013?

Emerging Risks

We look ahead for the risks businesses should prepare for in 2013. Read their predictions and vote for the one most likely to affect your business this year. Continue reading →

Resiliency vs. Fragility

Is there really a choice?  Who would choose to be fragile over resilient? Continue reading →

Risk Insights from Space

The insurance industry is on the brink of a data deluge thanks to the imminent launch of several new Sentinel satellites that could bring a huge increase in the volume and quality of useful information available to underwriters and risk … Continue reading →