enterprise risk management (ERM) News

Arthur J. Gallagher Completes Leadership Team with 4 Executive Appointments

Arthur J. Gallagher – the international division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. – has appointed Michael Rea as chief operating officer and Carol Richmond as chief risk officer, subject to regulatory approvals. Both recruits will join the organization’s international …

A.M. Best: New UAE Regulations Should Improve Risk Profile of Insurers

The Insurance Authority (IA) of the United Arab Emirates recently issued new financial regulations, which are well placed to improve the risk profile and policyholder security of UAE insurers, according to A.M. Best in a special report titled “A.M. Best …

A.M. Best: Europe’s Largest Cedants Alter Reinsurance Purchasing Practices

Europe’s 20 largest cedants are benefiting from lower reinsurance rates and stronger bargaining power, resulting from a trend that saw increasing centralized reinsurance purchasing at a group level. A new report from A.M. Best states that reinsurance rates in Europe remain under …

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 …