National Underwriter Property & Casualty-May 9, 2011

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  • Death Of bin Laden Doesn’t Lessen Terror Threat

    Chad Hemenway, Mark E. Ruquet

    Insurance-industry experts are cautioning that the death of Osama bin Laden does not represent the end of the terrorism threat for the United States. The threat, in fact, may worsen if terrorists seek to execute a reprisal attack.

  • No Red Alerts In Program-Biz Segment

    Susanne Sclafane

    In spite of competitive conditions in the specialty program business segment, an insurance industry analyst doesn’t see any flashing red alerts signaling major troubles ahead for program carriers so far in 2011.

  • Workers’ Comp Reserve Risk: Is It The Cat Lurking On Your Balance Sheet?

    Aaron Bueler, Emil Metropoulos

    Traditional loss reserving methods that assume past loss development patterns will repeat produced initial loss estimate that were 25 percent too low for some years during the last soft market, say Guy Carpenter, arguing for the use of modern statistical approaches.

  • Economic Crisis Launch Was Perfectly Timed For MGA Startup V3, CEO Says

    Susanne Sclafane

    It may have seemed like horrible timing when Susan Rivera was starting up a program business-focused MGA in late 2009, but there were several advantages to launching in the wake of a global financial crisis and about six years into a soft property and casualty insurance market, she says.

  • RIMS Embraces Strategic Risk Management

    Caroline McDonald

    An emerging discipline—strategic risk management (SRM)—was defined and recognized by the Risk and Insurance Management Society at its annual conference here.

  • Remembering

    Susanne Sclafane

    During a week that had an abundance of news stories directly impacting property and casualty insurers, NU’s editors had a choice to make regarding what to feature on the cover of this edition.

  • Investors Warm Up To P&C Insurers, Challenges Remain

    William Wilt

    The second round of P&C earnings reports for the first quarter reveal differing strategies for the challenging workers’ comp line, struggles for regionals and rising retention rates for many primary carriers. The last trend may suggest the market is bottoming, P&C Insurance Analyst William Wilt notes.

  • More Good Timing

    Susanne Sclafane

    The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan are spurring interest in the earthquake Difference In Conditions (DIC) product at V3 Insurance Partner, according to President and CEO Susan Rivera.

  • Views Differ On Fate Of State Farm-Serviced NFIP Policies

    Arthur D. Postal

    Whether State Farm captive agents will continue to be allowed to service flood-insurance policies currently placed through them will be on the agenda when the full House Financial Services Committee takes up legislation reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

  • TMPAA Carrier Scores Less Volatile

    Susanne Sclafane

    Using his firm’s scoring method to gauge insurers’ financial strength, ALIRT Principal David Paul notes that specialty-insurer composite scores are less volatile than composites for the entire commercial-insurance industry over the long term.

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