Category Archives: Reinsurance



The deadliest hurricane in 11 years has struck around a fortnight ago. After tearing a path through the Caribbean, across Haiti and Eastern Cuba, through the Bahamas and then along the east coast of the U.S., it was finally absorbed … Continue reading →

Reinsurance and enterprise risk management


Insurers are in the business of aggregating risk. This makes enterprise risk management (ERM) particularly important to insurers. In addition, insurers have an incredibly flexible and powerful tool available for sculpting their risks: reinsurance. ERM is a very new approach … Continue reading →

The fourth industrial revolution and being fair by design


As we move through the fourth industrial revolution, a few things stand out. Among them, that the ongoing discrimination against women — a shameful cultural and historical legacy — has no place in this century. I find it scandalous that … Continue reading →

Peering past the hype around blockchain


To some it sounds too good to be true: an online trading system that can’t be hacked, costs almost nothing, more or less runs itself and has potentially vast applications for transactional and data-driven business — like insurance. Continue reading →

Finding your way through the emerging risks maze – Some thoughts for mutual insurers

Drivers of emerging third party exposures

Technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, with no slowdown in sight. 3D printers, driverless cars and drones, mobile communications and the internet of things are revolutionising our daily lives, and at the same time bringing opportunities to mutual … Continue reading →

Has hurricane season peaked?


As an ex-weather forecaster, and redoubled through my role working with the Willis Research Network, I have always been involuntarily drawn toward extreme weather. For me, the peak of hurricane season always brings both excitement and anticipation at the prospect … Continue reading →

A defined risk appetite should be at the heart of a mutual insurer


Our industry is well served with data regarding losses, portfolio metrics and market dynamics. On the other hand, until recently there has been a lack of information regarding risk appetite and its influence on the reinsurance decision-making process. But the … Continue reading →

Advanced capital solutions


C-suite key risk issues There is a trend toward severe losses in excess of company risk appetite occurring at large multinationals. These losses may arise from single risks (risk of disaster such as hurricanes, storm surge, earthquakes, pandemic, or cyber-attacks) … Continue reading →

Common concerns when considering retrospective reinsurance solutions


This is the third in a series of blogs on retrospective insurance. In a previous blog I explored what retrospective reinsurance solutions are and why they are gaining in popularity and went on to further explore the different solutions available. Continue reading →

Questions of coverage in the wake of Italy’s August earthquake

2016 Italy Earthquake, credit: REUTERS

Last week’s earthquake in central Italy raises questions regarding the lack of earthquake insurance take-up and resilience measures, also available techniques for managing earthquake catastrophe accumulations. Continue reading →