Category Archives: Natural Catastrophe

Assessing climate risk: How and why you should create your own view

Hurricane Sandy: Seaside Heights, NJ. 31 October 2012. Credit EPA Climate Risk

Corporations are under increasing pressure to address climate risks, a broad term that can mean different things to different people, so it is a tricky risk to quantify. Continue reading →

Risk environment update: Wildfire risk

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Losses from wildfires have increased exponentially, making more sophisticated analytical solutions necessary to confidently underwrite and price wildfire risk. Continue reading →

From catastrophe to data: The findings of Flood Club

streets flooded around a building

The re/insurance market is ready to embrace academic findings and new technology for risk management. It is clear that there is a surge of interest in climate risk in the financial sector and in catastrophe modeling. Continue reading →

What’s the barometer reading for incentive payouts when natural catastrophes take their toll?

aerial view of a tropic storm in the ocean moving towards land

Two tough years of natural catastrophe (CAT) events have battered property & casualty (P&C) insurers’ annual incentive plans (AIPs). But should plan participants, including underwriters, be held responsible for the weather? 2018 Willis Towers Watson pulse surveys on P&C insurers’ … Continue reading →

Are you ready for peak 2018 hurricane season?

a car submerged under water

While current predictions indicate a relatively quiet hurricane season, particularly in comparison to last year, it only takes one major hurricane making landfall in a built-up area to create a significant loss, as we saw with Hurricane Andrew in 1992 … Continue reading →

Learning about natural hazards: A recap of Willis Research Network’s spring seminar series

streets flooded around a building

This past spring, Willis Research Network (WRN) hosted a series of morning seminars that featured a number of research projects and partners. Topics ranged from severe convective storms to corporate risk profiling, and included findings from some of the WRN’s … Continue reading →

Insights from the Willis Re Flood Club: the weaknesses and strengths of flood modelling

cars in flooded parking lot

When industry experts gathered to consider the state of flood modelling, they discovered a disconnect between theory and reality that can leave insurers under some expensive water. So what’s next for modelling approaches? Insurers are worried about their flood exposure. … Continue reading →

2018’s most dangerous risks for insurers

red flags on top of rocks by the ocean

One definition of insanity is “doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.” Well, we asked insurers the same question in December 2017 that we asked in December 2016: What are the most dangerous risks to your company in … Continue reading →

Protecting people and assets in the Latin American natural resources industry: 3 imperatives

Tecpetrol’s Fabio Lugo addressing Latin American Natural Resources Conference in Buenos Aires

Tecpetrol’s Fabio Lugo addresses our Latin American Natural Resources Conference in Buenos Aires last month Latin America’s geography is rich in natural resources, currently producing 12% of the world oil and 7% of the world natural gas supply. But a … Continue reading →

Post-hurricane confusion in the energy insurance markets: 3 reasons why a market turn is too early to call

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Energy insurers were in a bullish mood as delegates gathered at the critical Baden-Baden reinsurance meeting last week. Their frame of mind didn’t come as a surprise, given all the media speculation on how insurance markets will respond in the … Continue reading →