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A.M. BestTV Special Presentation on Catastrophe Insurance: The 'Cat' Grows a Longer Tail


In this special A.M.BestTV episode, insurance industry
experts, modelers and government officials examine the mix of
litigation, legislative initiatives and governmental interventions that
have changed the rules for many worldwide disaster claims. Click on
to view the entire program.

Rising property values and a greater concentration of people in
catastrophe prone areas have increased the cost insurers have to pay to
recover from natural disasters.

"Catastrophe insurance is becoming more long tail," said Robert
Muir-Wood, chief research officer, Risk Management Solutions.
"Increasingly, events, especially some of the largest catastrophes where
losses just keep rising and rising long after the events occurred, are
causing catastrophe insurance to become long tail."

Robert Hartwig, director, department of finance, University of South
Carolina, said he believes that this trend is problematic for insurers
pricing property catastrophe and property business in general. "Insurers
make the assumption that these claims are going to be filed and closed
relatively quickly," said Hartwig. "That becomes increasingly impossible
as catastrophe insurance becomes long tail."

All participants agreed that in order to price insurance products
appropriately, certainty is needed. Without it, they said, the industry
has to price products according to the worst common denominator, which
can result in unnecessary costs to insurers and consumers.

Also appearing in this episode:

  • David Sampson, president and chief executive officer, Property
    Casualty Insurers Association of America;
  • Steven Weisbart, senior vice president and chief economist, Insurance
    Information Institute;
  • Fred Karlinsky, co-chair, insurance regulatory & transactions
    practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
  • Sean Shaw, lawyer, property insurance claims, Merlin Law Group; and
  • Christopher Draghi, financial analyst, A.M. Best.

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