Insurance Disruption? Only if… Part 1

Posted by Ivan P. Maddox on Jan 10, 2018 1:32:31 PM

insurance challenges aheadHappy New Year! Let’s start 2018 with a favorite topic: insurance disruption. The Risks of Hazard has explored this in the past, again and again. Let’s see what’s new in 2018.

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Topics: Innovation in Insurance, Property Insurance, Insurance Technology

Last Year’s Guide to This Year

Posted by Ivan Maddox on Jan 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One way to start the new year is to take a look back and see how the previous year looks now that it’s in the past (which means we’re in the future now, which is neat).

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Topics: Insurance Protection Gap, Flood Insurance, Insurance Software, Insurance Technology

Hail Revisited – Navigating Grapefruits and Wall Street

Posted by Ivan Maddox on Apr 29, 2016 10:09:26 AM

Last week, Cyrena Arnold, the Director of Product Sciences at Weather Analytics, and I blogged about hail, exploring available analytics with the March storm in the Fort Worth area. The response has been incredible to that blog, so a reprise is in order. Revisiting the topic seven days later might seem like a stretch, but there is plenty to discuss from those seven days.

Texas had a really bad March, with the big carriers posting results impacted by the March storms: Allstate, Travelers, and Progressive led the way. Then, April happened, including the April 12th storm in San Antonio that is shaping up as the costliest in Texas history – expecting over $1.3B in insured losses.

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Topics: Risk Management, Hail, Insurance Technology

How to Handle Hail: Analytics at Last

Posted by Ivan Maddox on Apr 21, 2016 9:48:17 AM

This is a joint post by Ivan Maddox and Cyrena Arnold, Director of Product Sciences at Weather Analytics.

Hail. For property underwriters, hail is the peril that probably frightens them most. It is rarely excluded from homeowner policies, it is highly damaging, and very common in certain areas. Hail caused $6.6B in claims in the US in 2014 (AM Best), and there are hardly any decent underwriting tools to help out with it. In case a reminder was needed, here is AM Best’s coverage of Progressive’s Q1 results:

Net income dropped 13% at Progressive Corp. in the first quarter as catastrophe losses increased to $102 million, compared with $9 million a year earlier. Eighty percent of those losses came in March, when wind and hailstorms pummeled Texas and Louisiana.

Two hailstorms in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex caused insured losses industrywide of about $1.3 billion. A third storm in the region on April 11, with reports of softball-size hail and strong winds, may have been even more damaging (Best’s News Service, April 12, 2016).

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Topics: Insurance Underwriting, Risk Management, Hail, Insurance Technology

A Call to Action from Leaders in the Insurance Industry

Posted by Ivan Maddox on Apr 19, 2016 10:48:54 AM

After returning from a springtime vacation, and a hiatus from Risks of Hazard, I didn’t have to look hard to find topics to write about:

  • Its hail season now, and I have some new stuff to share on that.
  • Wildfire season is here now, too, and there is a post on that, coming soon.
  • And, Houston has been flooded again so we need to revisit the challenges of underwriting flood in that city.

But, deciding what to write first was easy once I saw this video from AM Best at RIMS. Meg Ryan hosts an executive panel discussion that includes Kelly Lyles (XL Catlin), Rob Shimek (from AIG, who has provided much foundation for this blog in the past couple months – thanks Mr. Shimek!), and Inga Beale (Lloyd’s). 

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Topics: Risk Scoring, Insurance Technology, insurance disruption, Insurance Protection Gap, Innovation in Insurance

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