Historically reinsurers have had to invest heavily in developing their own proprietary IT systems. Much of this was driven by the fact that third-party solutions were simply not available in the marketplace. Over the past 10 years, the insurance technology landscape has been transformed dramatically, and reinsurers regularly confront the decision of whether it makes more sense to build their own proprietary system to solve a problem or purchase a third-party solution. Read More
It used to be that reinsurance portfolio roll-ups—combining the estimated probabilistic CAT losses from all the reinsurance contracts you write into one global portfolio displaying your business’s overall expected loss and exceedance probability curve—were done annually because of the time and resources needed. But this traditional rolling up for the once-a-year snapshot of a business appears to be waning. At AIR Envision Europe 2017, we polled the room and found that only 4% of attendees are still rolling up on a yearly basis—65% are rolling up their global portfolios on a quarterly basis, and the remainder are rolling up even more often than that!
This raises the question, why are 31% of AIR clients now taking the trouble to roll up so frequently? Read More
A lack of major catastrophes in recent years (aside from this year), increased competition brought on by the inflow of alternative capital from investors, and the need to spend more time and resources processing increasing volumes of data are several of the key forces that have created today’s soft reinsurance market conditions. With combined ratios increasing and global property reinsurance rates online (ROLs) having declined for 11 straight years, describing the underwriting environment as “challenging” would be an understatement. Read More
Today’s soft reinsurance market has put increasing amounts of pressure on traditional reinsurers to develop new strategies and tactics to survive. Combined ratios are increasing, and it’s a sink or swim environment that can feel like a futile race to 100%. In this post we’ll take a look at some of the forces that have created today’s soft market conditions and connect them back to their effect on combined ratios. Read More
In the wake of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season’s record-setting catastrophic loss year and in response to the increased demand of capital adequacy and requirements, sidecars gained popularity in the (re)insurance market as an important strategic tool. They have since transitioned from an instrument created to cope with the impact of large-scale catastrophic losses, to an efficient quota-share capacity instrument used by (re)insurers to leverage their relationships with capital markets.
One of the most commonly cited metrics of a (re)insurance company’s success—and perhaps a term those new to the industry are unfamiliar with—is the combined ratio. Read More