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Global Insurance
Market Quarterly Briefing

Global Insurance Market Quarterly Briefing — August 2014 28-Jul- 2014

Strong capacity leads to fifth quarter of falling insurance rates.

Briefing

Brazilian Anti-Corruption Law Holds Corporations Accountable 07-Jul- 2014

Multinational companies operating in Brazil should review their risk management programs to ensure they meet tough new standards.

Report

Addressing the Risk of an Active Shooter 30-Jun- 2014

“Active shooter” and workplace violence events are on the rise but there are steps you can take to mitigate their impact.

Briefing

EMEA Trade Credit Market Update 24-Jun- 2014

Though the economic outlook for the region is improving, insolvency is expected to rise in some countries.

Report

UK and Ireland 2014 Cyber-Risk Survey Report 24-Jun- 2014

Despite several high profile breaches, many UK and Ireland companies have not yet fully assessed the exposure.

Report

Addressing the Risk of an Active Shooter in Retail and Restaurant Settings 05-Jun- 2014

Preparation and training, including emergency response plans and tabletop exercises, can help protect customers and employees in the event of workplace violence.

Benchmarking Trends: US Umbrella and Excess Liability Rates Soften 20-May- 2014

Strong competition among insurers contributed to a general softening of US excess liability rates in the first quarter of 2014, despite ongoing concern among underwriters about lar...

Briefing

Managing Workers’ Compensation Exposures as the Workforce Ages 15-May- 2014

Employers can take action to reduce the frequency of injuries and help their employees remain fit and in a better position to recover following an injury.

Global Insurance
Market Quarterly Briefing

Global Insurance Market Quarterly Briefing — May 2014 05-May- 2014

A continued softening of property pricing generated overall insurance market declines in the first quarter in every major region globally.

Report

2014 Captive Benchmarking Report — The Evolution of Captives: 50 Years Later 29-Apr- 2014

Marsh benchmarked 1,148 captives, including a vast array of captives, risk retention groups, non-traditional captive (such as special purpose vehicles), and life insurance captives...

Report

Excellence in Risk Management XI — Risk Management and Organizational Alignment: A Strategic Focus 28-Apr- 2014

Our 11th annual Excellence report, produced collaboratively by Marsh and RIMS, was compiled from online responses received from nearly 600 risk professionals, C-suite executives, a...

Report

2014 Terrorism Risk Insurance Report 21-Apr- 2014

Uncertainty around renewal of the federal insurance terrorism backstop, set to expire December 31, 2014, has affected the availability and price of insurance.

Briefing

Data Security and Information Privacy Risks in the Retail Industry 07-Apr- 2014

Retailers are among the industries most affected by cyber breaches — but there are steps to take to mitigate the risk.

Benchmarking Trends: Interest in Cyber Insurance Continues to Climb 31-Mar- 2014

As cyber incidents increased in frequency and severity in 2013, the percentage of companies that purchased cyber insurance rose by double digits.

Insurance
Market Report

Latin America and Caribbean Insurance Market Report 2014 18-Mar- 2014

The majority of countries in the Latin America and Caribbean regions saw either flat or falling insurance rates. Venezuela continues to be the most challenging market for insureds,...

Report

Advanced Cyber Attacks on Global Energy Facilities 17-Mar- 2014

This Marsh research paper looks at how energy firms are being disproportionately targeted by increasingly sophisticated hacker networks.

Report

Benchmarking the Middle East Onshore Energy Industry: Strengths and Opportunities of the World’s Energy Superpower 16-Mar- 2014

Gauging the relative risk quality of Middle Eastern oil, gas and petrochemical facilities.

Briefing

Political Risk Insurance: Implications of Political Instability in Ukraine and Russia 11-Mar- 2014

If your company has political risk exposures in either country, you may experience premium rate increases at renewals or difficulties procuring coverage.

Briefing

Cyber Security and the Boardroom 05-Mar- 2014

Boards of directors must not only devote more attention to cyber risks, but also evaluate their organizations' readiness for an attack.

Briefing

Health Care Reform and Workers’ Compensation Programs 26-Feb- 2014

ACA may not only affect employees’ quality of care but also workers’ compensation premiums and claims.

Briefing

The West Virginia Chemical Spill: Lessons in Risk Management 25-Feb- 2014

Companies that handle hazardous chemicals and those in their vicinity need to manage the risks associated with chemical spills.

Report

Comparing Claims from Catastrophic Earthquakes 18-Feb- 2014

We compare and contrast claims data from the catastrophic earthquakes that took place in Chile, New Zealand and Japan during 2010 and 2011.

Insurance
Market Report

Canada Insurance Market Report 2014 11-Feb- 2014

Insurance markets in Canada were characterized by mostly stable rates across industries and coverage lines in 2013.

Insurance
Market Report

Europe, Middle East, and Africa Insurance Market Report 2014 09-Feb- 2014

With abundant capacity and fierce competition among insurers favourable conditions continue to prevail for EMEA buyers of insurance.

Insurance
Market Report

Asia Insurance Market Report 2014 09-Feb- 2014

The insurance industry in Asia seems to be in a perpetual soft market, driven by new capital, new capacity, and fierce competition.

Insurance
Market Report

Pacific Insurance Market Report 2014 09-Feb- 2014

With record levels of surplus capital in the global insurance market fuelling healthy competition among insurers, 2014 could prove to be another year of favourable conditions for M...

Insurance
Market Report

US Insurance Market Report 2014 07-Feb- 2014

US commercial property insurance prices stabilized for many organizations in 2013 as a significant surplus of capital among insurers and reinsurers kept competition high.

Global Insurance
Market Quarterly Briefing

Global Insurance Market Quarterly Briefing — February 2014 04-Feb- 2014

Global insurance rates trended downward in the fourth quarter of 2013 in all regions except the US.

Briefing

Pending TRIPRA Expiration Impacts Workers’ Compensation Industry 21-Jan- 2014

As uncertainty about TRIPRA’s reauthorization mounts, many organizations are seeing pressure on their workers’ compensation insurance.

Briefing

Insurability of Fines and Penalties Under E&O Policies 19-Dec- 2013

In Illinois, the question of whether fines and penalties are covered under E&O policies has been clarified somewhat. But what about elsewhere?

Briefing

Political Risk Trends and Hotspots for 2014 18-Dec- 2013

Political violence and underlying societal risks are rising for direct foreign investors, according to Maplecroft’s Political Risk Atlas 2014.

Benchmarking Trends: Capital Surplus Affecting Property Insurance Pricing 17-Dec- 2013

US property insurance rates stable or declining through third quarter 2013.

Briefing

As Reform Takes Effect, Health Care D&O Rates Increase 10-Dec- 2013

Insurers are seeking price increases for D&O liability insurance for health care companies, and many are reconsidering the scope of coverage offered as the ACA takes effect.

Global Insurance
Market Quarterly Briefing

Global Insurance Market Quarterly Briefing — November 2013 15-Nov- 2013

Global insurance rates fell marginally in the third quarter of 2013, driven by decreases in pricing within several regions across several lines of business.

Briefing

Building Safety and Leadership in the US Construction Industry 13-Nov- 2013

Management training, leadership development, and continuous safety improvement can be employed to reduce construction sector fatalities and other dangers.

Briefing

Securing Power, Utilities, and Other Critical Infrastructure from Growing Cyber Risks 17-Oct- 2013

The power and utilities industry faces more cyber attacks than any other critical infrastructure sector, according to Department of Homeland Security data.

Briefing

Government Shutdown Sparks Risk and Insurance Considerations 10-Oct- 2013

Filings of insurance claims and lawsuits are likely to increase the longer the federal government shutdown continues.

Briefing

Social Media Heightens Political Risk in Emerging Markets 29-Sep- 2013

As social media’s influence grows, businesses must consider its potential impact on their operations and factor them into their global political risk management strategies.

Risk-Adjusted
Benchmarking

Risk-Adjusted Benchmarking: D&O Rates Fall in Second Quarter 24-Sep- 2013

Publicly traded clients in the US that renewed in the second quarter of 2013 saw risk-adjusted primary directors and officers liability insurance rates fall on average 0.97%.

Briefing

Cyber Risks Extend Beyond Data and Privacy Exposures 17-Sep- 2013

Organizations may be focusing on managing cyber risks at the expense of a potentially more severe exposure: the impact of technology failures on supply chains and operations.

Report

Common Causes of Large Losses in the Global Power Sector 04-Sep- 2013

Analyzing 150 insurance claims in the global power and utilities industry, we found that weather-related losses are disproportionately higher than other operational losses.

Benchmarking Trends: US Environmental Insurance Rates Remain Competitive 14-Aug- 2013

The demand for environmental insurance across all industries in the US increased in the first half of 2013. While pricing remained generally soft, some markets continued to firm.

Global Insurance
Market Quarterly Briefing

Global Insurance Market Quarterly Briefing – August 2013 31-Jul- 2013

Insurance rates in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, the UK, and Continental Europe declined modestly in the second quarter of 2013; rates in the US rose moderately.

Report

Oklahoma and Beyond: Significant State Workers’ Compensation Reforms in 2013 24-Jul- 2013

To date in 2013, nine states have seen significant workers’ compensation reform bills signed into law. We cover highlights from the legislation in each of the nine states.

Briefing

Unrest in Turkey and Brazil: Risk and Insurance Implications 27-Jun- 2013

As of June 21, no business had losses reported in either country that would likely trigger political risk insurance claims, though insurers are carefully monitoring events.

Report

Bangladesh Factory Collapse: Lessons in Risk for the Retail Industry 19-Jun- 2013

The factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people highlights the risks that labor conditions can pose to workers and organizations’ bottom lines.

Benchmarking Trends: Property Insurance Market Remained Stable in First Quarter 16-May- 2013

Though the second-costliest storm in US history, Superstorm Sandy has not been a market-changing event in terms of rates; yet underwriters are scrutinizing terms and conditions.

Report

2013 Terrorism Risk Insurance Report 30-Apr- 2013

The insurance industry and insureds may face the December 31, 2014, expiration of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007, commonly known as TRIA.

Briefing

Managing Risk on the New Frontiers of Energy Exploration 25-Apr- 2013

We evaluate the changing risk landscape for companies involved in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons from previously untapped reserves.

2013 Captive Benchmarking Report 23-Apr- 2013

This year, more than 1,220 captives managed by Marsh were benchmarked. Of those, 886 captives were selected for benchmarking analysis, about 15% of all captives globally.

Excellence in Risk
Management Report

Excellence in Risk Management 2013 22-Apr- 2013

The 2013 "Excellence in Risk Management" survey, produced by Marsh and RIMS, gathered the views of more than 1,200 risk professionals worldwide.

Global Insurance
Market Quarterly Briefing

Global Insurance Market Quarterly Briefing — April 2013 16-Apr- 2013

On average, global insurance rates firmed in the first quarter. Many parts of the world had a stable rate environment, but most major US lines saw increases of 2% to 4%.

Benchmarking Trends: More Companies Purchasing Cyber Insurance 14-Mar- 2013

Limits purchased increased significantly in 2012, driven by greater awareness of cyber risks and clarification by underwriters of the scope of cyber and related insurance policies.

Risk-Adjusted
Benchmarking

Risk-Adjusted Benchmarking: D&O Rates Rise in Fourth Quarter 21-Feb- 2013

Though overall program rate reductions were still achievable until the fourth quarter, by the end of 2012 insurance premiums were generally flat to up slightly.

Benchmarking Trends: Casualty Rates Edging Upward 24-Jan- 2013

Pricing for casualty coverage lines was in transition entering 2013; trends are likely to be felt unevenly across industry sectors and to be dependent on client-specific risks.

Global Insurance
Market Quarterly Briefing

Global Insurance Market Quarterly Briefing December 2012 18-Dec- 2012

Insurance rates firmed in the fourth quarter of 2012, but at a slower rate than in the previous quarter, despite the mounting costs of Superstorm Sandy.

Briefing

US Port Strikes—What’s at Stake and How to Manage Your Risk 06-Dec- 2012

We outline strategies to improve supply chain visibility and evaluate risk mitigation options and provide a list of key questions that can help you to reduce vulnerabilities.

Benchmarking Trends: Fidelity/Crime Insurance Rates Rise in Third Quarter 05-Dec- 2012

Renewal rates for fidelity/crime insurance firmed continuously over the last year, with average rates at renewal rising in each of the last three quarters.

Briefing

Curbing the Cost of Employees' Compensation in Hong Kong 03-Dec- 2012

Marsh has found that by taking a multi-disciplinary approach, many employers have the ability to significantly reduce their employees’ compensation risks and premiums.

Benchmarking Trends: Excess/Umbrella Insurance Rates Still Increasing 17-Oct- 2012

Insureds with difficult risk profiles typically experienced the highest increases in pricing and primary attachment points, sometimes in conjunction with coverage restrictions.

Global Insurance
Market Quarterly Briefing

Global Insurance Market Quarterly Briefing — October 2012 03-Oct- 2012

Global insurance prices continued to rise in the third quarter of 2012, but showed signs of stabilizing; rates across major lines increased by 0.9% over the second quarter.

Report

The Impact of Large Losses in the Global Power Industry 24-Sep- 2012

Having seen at least one claim of more than US$25 million since 2005, insurance carriers have firmed rates and tightened underwriting standards and engineering requirements.

Benchmarking Trends — E&O Liability Rates Tick Upward in Second Quarter 04-Sep- 2012

Though more E&O programs saw increases than decreases at renewal, according to Marsh benchmarking data, it is too soon to say if the increases mark the beginning of a trend.