Category Archives: Reinsurance

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

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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

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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

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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 →

Emerging ERM Risk of 2015: Outsourcing

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Outsourcing might just be the most common business management earnings booster of the past 10 years. Which means that it is also a top candidate for becoming a major emerging risk in the near future. Continue reading →

ERM in Practice: Risk Policies and Standards

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This fifth installment of ERM in Practice looks at a dozen global insurance and reinsurance groups, extracting several concrete examples from their ERM policies and frameworks. Continue reading →

No Respite for Reinsurers at January 1 Renewals

Willis Re 1stView: Property-Catastrophe-Pricing-Trends

The latest renewals report from Willis Re highlights that relentless rate reductions, low investment returns and the continued influx of alternative capital have offered no respite for reinsurers at the January 1, 2015 renewal season. Continue reading →

Guide to ERM: Writing an ORSA Report

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Insurance regulators have made the Own Risk and Solvency Assessment into one of the global Insurance Core Principles that need to be adopted in all countries. Continue reading →