Category Archives: Reinsurance

The Rise and Rise of ILS

The Rise and Rise of ILS

Named as one of the top ten disruptive innovations of 2014 the securitization of insurance risk has transformed the capital structure of the reinsurance industry, with insurance-linked securities now making up 15% of the total global capital dedicated to reinsurance. Continue reading →

The Dichotomy of Drones

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The risks posed by the emergence of drone technology are finding their way onto the reinsurance agenda, particularly for the aviation and casualty markets. However, drone use is also fast emerging as key to driving disaster response and mitigation. Continue reading →

The Evolution of the Life & Health Reinsurance Market

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Traditionally seen as a necessary purchase to access key services and data, life & health reinsurance buying patterns are changing. Continue reading →

Casualty Risk: Playing Catch Up

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The complexity of casualty business and the fact that it exhibits more challenging dynamics relative to property catastrophe are no longer sufficient justification for not developing a robust risk management framework. While property risk management has evolved over three decades … Continue reading →

10 Years On: The Evolution of Modeling Since Katrina

Risk modelling experts on the evolution of hurricane catastrophe models since Hurricane Katrina

The re/insurance industry used catastrophe risk models long before Hurricane Katrina, but Katrina challenged the standards of these models. It called into question the quality of exposure data, how the models were used and their suitability for various business applications. … Continue reading →

Mutual Insurers and Non-Traditional Capital: Time for a Change of Perspective


Only a few years ago, mutual insurers could understandably have viewed the influx of non-traditional capital trickling into the reinsurance market as irrelevant. Continue reading →

ERM: Discussing Fatness of Tails in Risk Models

Taylor's Fat-Tailed Gecko , Hemitheconyx taylori

Most decision makers are familiar with the statistical average and standard deviation measures. But risk management typically focuses on unlikely “tail” events. The financial crisis helped popularize the term “fat tails” to represent the idea that these extreme events are … Continue reading →

Soft Market Slowdown in Pockets at July 1 Renewals


The latest ‘1st View’ reinsurance renewals report – out yesterday from Willis Re – reveals that while competition remains intense for non-peak areas, signs of reinsurance pricing stabilization are starting to emerge in peak property catastrophe zones. Continue reading →

Risk Appetite and Tolerance

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Although most insurers operate with a good risk appetite, in most cases, it is not articulated in a way that managers can connect to ERM terminology. Continue reading →

Reinsurance and Solvency II – Part 1: The Challenge of Regulating Diverse Markets

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If you’ve read any of my past blogs about Solvency II you will know that I have a love/hate relationship with it. I fully believe in and support what Solvency II is trying to do but find the way it … Continue reading →