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Parametric Insurance: A New Spin on an Old Product
During this year’s Pinnacle University (Pinnacle U) event, we presented an overview of parametric insurance. Unlike traditional insurance coverage, parametric insurance is not an indemnification product. Instead, it determines a benefit payable in advance of the policy purchase by estimating the loss as accurately as possible, subject to certain conditions being satisfied. The cost of the policy is based on a pre-determined trigger. Examples might include maximum sustained wind speed for hurricane coverage or earthquake magnitude as measured by the Richter scale.
Will Wildfire Losses Continue to Spread?
Zach Brogadir June 05, 2018 Posted in: Blog Posts, Homeowners, Insurance / Insurers, News
At the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) Spring Meeting, I had the pleasure of moderating a session entitled, What You Don't Know about Wildfires… Can Cost You. The topic drew a lot of interest, as 2017 was the most destructive and costly wildfire season ever recorded in the United States. The devastating wildfires affecting Northern California in October and Southern California in December claimed 43 lives and caused an estimated nearly $12 billion of insured losses. While California claimed the majority of 2017 wildfire losses, only about 13% of the total U.S. acres burned were in California. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, less densely-populated Montana and Nevada saw an even greater amount of burn. In total, wildfires scorched nearly double the 2016 area.
Hail Yes!!
Linda Brobeck December 07, 2017 Posted in: Blog Posts, Homeowners, Insurance / Insurers
Following major hurricane losses, the insurance industry responded on several levels. It built sophisticated models to better predict and mitigate resulting losses. It actively supported regulations and building codes to ensure more durable building materials and processes. It created windstorm pools to share the cost of essentially uninsurable risks in the eyes of the private market, to name just a few changes.
Art Randolph

Florida’s Property Insurance Market

The Wind Is (Finally) Blowing

Florida’s Property Insurance Market
With Hurricane Hermine bearing down on Florida, I recognized that I could not physically do anything to assist my sister and her family in Jacksonville (or my friends and extended family throughout the state), nor my insurance company clients that admirably serve the communities that will be affected by the storm. However, Hermine obligates me to contemplate the potential impact she may have on the underwriting results and financial solvency of Florida property insurers, and how the property insurance landscape might be altered.
Joe Herbers

Disparate Impact Theory Struck Down

Property/Casualty Insurers Win Victory in Court

Disparate Impact Theory Struck Down
Joe Herbers November 05, 2014 Posted in: Blog Posts, Homeowners, Insurance / Insurers
Federal Judge Richard Leon issued an order on Monday to vacate the disparate impact rule as applicable to the 1968 Fair Housing Act. The ruling stated that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) exceeded its authority when it drafted a new rule on disparate impact.
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