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Nicholas E. Alicea
Derek W. Freihaut
Robert J. Walling III
Erick E. Mortenson
Timothy C. Mosler
Arthur R. Randolph II
Joseph A. Herbers
Christopher J. Schubert
Radost Roumenova Wenman
Roosevelt C. Mosley Jr.
Linda K. Brobeck
Gary C. Wang
Michael K. Chen
Aaron N. Hillebrandt
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Pinnacle strives to construct benchmarks for any analysis, whether ratemaking, loss reserving or some other use, as close as possible to replicating the nature of the underlying data being reviewed.
Pinnacle has experience working with model output from all the major catastrophe modelers for hurricane, other wind, earthquake and fire, and making recommendations for rating plans, territory boundaries, catastrophe loads, rate filings, and reinsurance/risk financing structures.
Pinnacle helps insurers identify rating plan elements that can be more appropriately priced or added for additional risk segmentation.
Pinnacle has a powerful set of competitive analysis tools
that provide in-depth market analyses and enable comparison of premiums, rating factors and tiering plans, often with mapping and batch rating capabilities.
Pinnacle has strong experience identifying loss exposures and recognizing that differences exist between businesses. Upon classifying the various exposures, we can help establish a proper structure to minimize losses.
Pinnacle serves a wide variety of customers, including insurers, regulators, agents and industry associations, with industry-leading expertise for pricing and product management.
We support the insurance industry with sound actuarial advice using the most advanced techniques available anywhere. As pioneers in underwriting and pricing techniques, we apply new methods to analyze loss variables with a much higher degree of accuracy.
As well, we can provide the information and data files necessary to do everything from set up and manage your insurance operation to rate filings.
Whether you’re introducing a new program, modifying an existing program, or dealing with a regulatory matter, our experience in all aspects of property/casualty insurance pricing and product management can drive better decisions and help you achieve your goals. Our customers include insurance companies, state insurance departments, government insurers, industry associations and more.
Pinnacle’s experience in pricing and product management includes sectors such as:
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Rate Indications / Filings
A regional carrier came to Pinnacle wanting to implement an insurance score program along with rate indications for home, auto and farm. Pinnacle developed rate indications for each line, and developed an underwriting scorecard rating approach using insurance score as a critical component. The combination of implementing appropriate rates and the new rating plan enabled this company to turn their business around, become profitable and rebuild their surplus position.
Territory / Summit Analysis
The insurer had not reviewed or adjusted their territorial boundaries in several years; and their current territories were not based upon an analysis of their underlying loss experience.
Pinnacle began with an evaluation of available insurer and external industry data at the ZIP code level as well as their current and future policy processing capabilities. After all of the experience data was adjusted to a common base level, we used our Summit® software product to smooth the data to develop an initial adjusted pure premium by ZIP code to reflect both experience in a ZIP code and in neighboring ZIP codes. The number of additional neighboring ZIP codes used was dependent upon attaining a sufficient exposure level.
The smoothed data was then clustered using Summit® on both a contiguous and non-contiguous basis. The insurer needed to decide whether to maintain relatively contiguous definitions or use more granular and theoretically accurate non-contiguous definitions. Using statistical measures, we identified and graphed optimal definition sets. Non-contiguous definitions were selected by the client. To minimize the number of territories with a limited geographic area or only a few ZIP codes, some manual combination of “outlying” ZIP codes with territories (clusters) with similar adjusted pure premiums was performed.
Finally, we assisted the insurer in developing the necessary filing support material to gain approval. The new program is generating new business in areas of historical profitability but previously less than average competiveness.
Pinnacle was approached by a major national personal lines insurer to develop a vehicle rating program to replace the use of the ISO symbol product. Pinnacle, through the use of predictive modeling, assisted the carrier in designing a new vehicle rating program which made use of the vehicle’s actual physical characteristics for both the liability and physical damage coverages. The data used for the analysis was the company’s VIN data supplemented with industry VIN data and appended for vehicle characteristics from an external third party vendor. The resultant program completely eliminated the need for use of the ISO symbol and exhibited greater predictive power than the prior ISO based system.
At Pinnacle, we partner with you to explore whatever path it takes to find the answers you need.
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