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Many risk managers are doing their best Alfred E. Neuman impersonation, seemingly echoing the classic catch phrase of “Mad” magazine’s cartoon icon–”What, Me Worry?”–with their apparent lack of concern over terrorism exposures. Indeed, terrorism does not loom large on the radar screens of many risk managers surveyed by NU. That alarms me, especially with a major TRIA hearing coming up Tuesday before a House Financial Services subcommittee.

Despite all the hoopla about extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, due to expire at years end, when asked about the relative importance of various risks buyers are looking to cover over the next 12 months, just barely over half (52 percent) of the 132 risk managers queried by NU ranked terrorism as somewhat (33 percent) or highly (19 percent) important.

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