Joseph A. Herbers
Aaron N. Hillebrandt
Laura A. Maxwell
Derek W. Freihaut
Robert J. Walling III
Timothy C. Mosler
Pinnacle actuaries have real world experience
addressing issues related to allocating capital for pricing and associated profitability
Pinnacle’s team of highly qualified actuaries has experience in all areas of capital modeling, ranging from regulatory perspectives and rating agency models to models reflecting individual company risk and reward preferences.
Pinnacle actuaries have been leaders in Dynamic Financial Analysis and other forms of stochastic financial modeling for over 15 years.
Pinnacle actuaries are experts in identifying how risks interact and aggregate and in developing methods for quantifying and mitigating these aggregations.
Pinnacle understands the dynamics behind the risk-reward trade-off and can help you properly evaluate which risks are worth pursuing.
Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) is a critical component of increasing your organization’s value by assessing, controlling, exploiting, financing and monitoring risk. The importance of ERM is self-evident due to the demands for information by rating agencies, regulators and financing institutions. While economic capital modeling is an essential element of ERM, it is only part of the process and not sufficient in and of itself.
At Pinnacle, we recognize the “M” in ERM stands for "Management", not models.
We can assist you in the initial review, design and documentation of internal economic capital models and marginal pricing frameworks. Our holistic approach to ERM will help you to document your organization’s due diligence regarding ERM to interested parties.
Our expertise and insight comes from decades of tailoring specific solutions that meet the ERM needs of a wide range of entities and organizations:
We work with insurers and reinsurers on a variety of ERM projects, including:
We work with asset managers to develop models that optimize asset allocations and that help to match the durations of assets and liabilities.
Issues such as aggregation of risk, capital modeling and risk control procedures are all receiving considerable attention by regulators. Pinnacle works with a wide range of clients on these and other ERM issues and is well qualified to assist regulatory bodies in these matters.
Pinnacle helps self insured entities analyze their entire cost of risk associated with the selected retention option. We can analyze various retention levels for a self insurance plan in an effort to maximize the benefit of the plan while focusing on the risk appetite of the entity.
Pinnacle has vast experience assisting government insurance entities with ERM projects. Typically this would involve DFA analyses and other studies regarding capital adequacy and reinsurance structures.
Pinnacle’s expert staff helps public entities all over the United States in analyzing their exposures, liabilities, and risk management procedures in a cost effective way.
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A reinsurer wanted to compare technical treaty prices using varying capital allocation methodologies. A Pinnacle actuary assisted in the design of a model that used standard allocation methodologies, capital allocation based on marginal impacts to rating agency required capital, and recent ideas in capital consumption / utility theory. The result was a pricing model that highlighted the sensitivity of expected ROEs to the chosen capital allocation method and allowed underwriters to make more informed decisions.
Pinnacle was asked by a regional insurer to help build a customized financial model for use in strategic decision making and in determining economic capital needs. The model reflected current and potential underwriting operations. It also incorporated economic scenario generators, capital allocation, catastrophe model results, regulatory and rating agency metrics such as risk-based capital (RBC) and Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratings (BCAR), as well as loss reserve variability. The model was designed to be used to evaluate a variety of strategic decisions, particularly related to underwriting, reinsurance, macro investment allocation, and capital allocation decisions.
Self Insured Dividend / Assessment Analysis
A large group self insurance program was concerned with the amount of retained earnings and wanted to establish a policy for the minimum capital for the program to trigger dividend distributions. Pinnacle compared the program’s capitalization to a wide variety of industry standards for similar programs from rating agencies, regulators, and other sources. The results of this analysis lead to a recommended board policy regarding a minimum capital threshold for dividend distributions and ultimately to the development of an actuarially sound dividend distribution plan.
At Pinnacle, we partner with you to explore whatever path it takes to find the answers you need.
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