enterprise risk management (ERM) News

Casualty Catastrophes Threaten (Re)Insurers’ Balance Sheets: Guy Carpenter

The “casualty catastrophe” is perhaps the most daunting threat that casualty (re)insurers face today, according to GCCapitalIdeas.com, Guy Carpenter’s thought-leadership blog. Casualty (or liability based) catastrophes have become increasingly frequent and severe over the past decade, exposing (re)insurers to much more risk …

Litmus Analysis’ Shipperlee Explains Current Re/Insurance Ratings

As the former head of A.M. Best in London, and a senior executive with Standard & Poor’s, Litmus Analysis Senior Partner Stuart Shipperlee has a very complete knowledge of what re/insurance company ratings are, and, perhaps more importantly, what they …

Zurich Launches Risk Management Tool for Financial Institutions

Zurich has launched a new Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) healthcheck assessment tool for financial institutions.  The tool was created to assist financial institutions in response to recent regulations making them more accountable for risk management. “The ERM Healthcheck helps financial …

Best Upgrades Ratings for Most ACE Limited Subsidiaries; Outlooks Stable

A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to ‘A++’ (Superior) from ‘A+’ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) to “aa+” from “aa” of the North American property/casualty subsidiaries of ACE Limited, which is based in Zurich, Switzerland, …

Best Affirms Arch Capital and Subs ‘A+’ Ratings; Outlook Stable

A.M. Best has affirmed the financial strength rating (FSR) of ‘A+’ (Superior) and the issuer credit ratings (ICR) of “aa-” of Bermuda-based Arch Reinsurance Ltd. and its strategic affiliates. Best also affirmed the ICR of “bbb+” of Arch Capital Group …

Alternative Capital Softening P&C Reinsurance Market: Towers Watson CFO Survey

A new survey from Towers Watson confirms that “over half (55 percent) of property & casualty (P&C) insurance chief financial officers (CFOs) believe the property reinsurance market is softer than the primary market, while more than one-third (34 percent) deem …

RSA’s S&P Rating Remains Seriously at Risk Even after Second Downgrade

An analysis from Stuart Shipperlee, Analytical Partner at Litmus Analysis, notes that following S&P’s initial downgrade last month, “RSA faced a further risk to its rating without fresh equity. This reflected the fact that even prior to its recent problems …

Best Report: European Insurers See Improvements; Challenges Remain

European non-life and life insurers “are benefitting from a more stable economic environment, although they continue to adjust product offerings and adapt reinsurance purchasing in response to the low-yield environment as they increase their focus on risk management,” according to …

S&P Report Looks At ERM Scores of North American, Bermudian Insurers

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has updated its enterprise risk management (ERM) opinions for all of its rated North American and Bermudian insurance companies. S&P explained that an “insurer’s ERM program is a system of processes and practices that aims …