Category Archives: Reinsurance

A.M. Best’s proposed criteria changes: How might the rules of the road be changing?

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While the scope of A.M. Best's changes might appear wide-reaching and dramatic, we are not expecting extensive changes in ratings upon final implementation. Continue reading →

Dispelling the myth: Hurricane Andrew didn’t happen in an El Niño year

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In the 20 or so years that span my reinsurance career the subject of the influence of El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) on Atlantic hurricanes has often come up. And the topic invariable leads to the following comment “Yes, but didn’t … Continue reading →

How much capital should an insurer hold?

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An insurer’s management often wonders whether their company has the right amount of capital.  If they are holding too little, they may not be ready for when the next catastrophe occurs, or miss an opportunity to acquire a new affiliate … Continue reading →

What could a La Niña mean for insured property exposure along the U.S. coast?

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June 1 marked the beginning of hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin for 2016. Willis Towers Watson Wire recently published a blog on our predictions for this season based on Colorado State University’s forecast. With the hurricane season in mind, … Continue reading →

Reinsurance Evolves to Protect Earnings

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In today’s environment, managing an insurance company’s risk is increasingly challenging; scrutiny of insurers’ financial health and the inevitable associated market and peer comparisons are greater than ever before. Continue reading →

For ERM, a Better Solution to Guessing Frequency and Severity Pairs for Risks

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To compare your best guesses about frequency and severity of risks, you need to recognize that each risk likely has a wide variety of frequency severity pairs. Continue reading →

The Sharing Economy and The Forgotten Man

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The golden pin that holds together and supercharges the shared economy is the classification of workers as independent contractors. Continue reading →

The U.K. Floods: Looking Forward – Building Better Resilience

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How best to protect communities from flooding, how modelling could be better used to forecast areas at high risk of flooding, and reinsurance solutions to protect against earnings volatility. Continue reading →

U.K. Floods: Should We Expect More of the Same?

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Last week we examined the impact of the recent U.K. floods on the re/insurance industry. This leads us to ask what we should expect in the future. The U.K. December floods provided a useful case study on the performance of … Continue reading →

The U.K. Floods: Record-Breaking December – How Bad Was it?

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December 2015 saw Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank hit the U.K. leaving widespread flooding in its wake, breaking meteorological records and causing the insurance industry a £1.3bn headache. The flooding made headlines across the U.K., sparking a debate over the … Continue reading →