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2001 Seminar on Reinsurance Handouts

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  • Propery Catastrophe Models: Different Results From Three Models; Now What Do I Do?
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    Reinsurers and insurers have long struggled with sorting through the significant differences that exists when analyzing results generated by multiple catastrophe models. Representatives from three prominent catastrophe modeling firms will discuss potential reasons underlying these differences in opinions. Each modeling firm will select unique region and peril to discuss. They will also introduce the latest scientific opinion for that area. This general session should provide fascinating insight into catastrophe models. It will be followed by a concurrent session with the same panel, which will allow more material to be covered and facilitate further discussion with the audience.

  • ASTIN Reinsurance Paper Presentations

    Authors of ASTIN papers on reinsurance will present their papers on the joint day. During the discussion, the authors will elaborate on the technical aspects and the methods applied to their research, and present further developments. The presentations typically initiate a lively audience debate on the topic, which gives all participants the opportunity to further explore the subject.

  • Representations, Warranties, and Other New Professional Liability Products

    This panel will provide an overview of the new and exciting professional liability coverages of Transactional Risk Insurance. The panelists will also discuss the underwriting and pricing issues relating to these coverages, which include representations, warranties, and other transactional related coverages.

    Moderator:
    William Hopkins
    Vice President
    American Re-Insurance Company

    Panelists:
    David S. DeBerry
    First Vice President
    The Hartford
    Peter Szendro
    Vice President
    Zurich Reinsurance (North America)

  • Aggregate Distribution Modeling

    This session will address correlation and other advanced topics relating to modeling aggregate loss distributions. Topics will include:

    • Correlation issues in reinsurance;
    • Correlation models including copulas and common shock models;
    • Different measures of correlation and why they are not sufficient;
    • Brief discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of using simulation, closed form, and Fourier transform methods to calculate aggregate distributions; and
    • Distribution back-testing and statistical evidence.

    Moderator:

    Michael J. Belfatti, FCAS
    Vice President
    ACE Financial Solutions

    Panelists:
    Glenn G. Meyers, FCAS
    Chief of Actuarial Research
    Insurance Services Office, Inc.
    Shaun S. Wang, ACAS, Ph.D.
    Associate Actuary
    SCOR Reinsurance

  • Finite Risk Reinsurance

    The finite risk market is continually changing, bringing new challenges and opportunities to those involved. This session will look at the current state of the market with an eye towards recent trends as well as future demand for these products. Panelists will present viewpoints of both the underwriting and brokerage sides of the finite risk business.

    Moderator:
    David L. Drury, FCAS
    Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary
    Tempest Re USA

    Panelists:
    Robert N. Darby, FCAS
    Senior Vice President
    Zurich Reinsurance (North America)
    Gary R. Kratzer, FCAS
    Managing Director
    Guy Carpenter & Company, Inc.

  • Non-U.S. Liability Insurance: Pricing and Reserving Challenges

    As more insurers and reinsurers enter into the reinsurance of international exposures, U.S. actuaries are beginning to address the many pricing and reserving challenges of overseas countries. There are differences in the available data, benchmarks, and current nonactuarial practices in various regions of the globe. This session will focus on pricing international exposures, reserving issues in other countries, as well as the difficulties faced securing reinsurance for non-U.S. exposures. Also covered will be an approach to estimating size of loss distributions for foreign risks.

    Moderator:
    Michael E. Angelina, ACAS
    Consulting Actuary
    Tillinghast-Towers Perrin

    Panelists:
    James M. Maher, FCAS
    Vice President-Director
    St. Paul Re
    Charles Aman
    Vice President
    Towers Perrin Reinsurance
    TBD

  • Reinsurance Options and Derivatives
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    This session will explore derivative instruments available in the marketplace and methods used to price and evaluate these products. Accounting treatments and FASB 133, which governs accounting for derivative instruments, will also be discussed.

    Moderator:
    Elizabeth E.L. Hansen, FCAS
    Senior Vice President
    Guy Carpenter & Co. Inc.

    Panelists:
    Philip A. Kane, ACAS
    Vice President
    Salomon Smith Barney
    Philippe Joly
    Vice President
    Salomon Smith Barney
    TBD

  • Specialty Lines Pricing
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    This session will focus on the pricing and underwriting of non-standard classes of business, with a focus on surety and auto residual insurance. The first speaker will provide an overview of surety inside and outside the US; he will also focus on key underwriting considerations for reinsurers. The next speaker will present an actuarial approach to pricing surety excess of loss reinsurance contracts, and will also touch on relationship of historical profitability and the economic cycle. The final speaker will discuss his approach for analyzing auto residual value insurance.

    Moderator:
    Olivia Wacker Giuntini, FCAS
    Vice President
    Zurich Re

    Panelists:
    Eduardo Paternoster
    Vice President-Director
    St. Paul Re
    Gerson Smith
    Vice President
    St. Paul Re
    Christopher M. Steinbach, FCAS
    Assistant Actuary
    Swiss Re

  • Workers Compensation
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    The panelists will discuss current conditions and recent developments in workers compensation. Topics will include legislative and regulatory activity, trends in loss frequency and severity, and an analysis of medical costs. Issues affecting both prorata and excess of loss reinsurance will be discussed.

    Moderator:
    George N. Phillips, FCAS
    Vice President & Associate Actuary
    Transatlantic Reinsurance Corp.

    Panelists:
    Kay K. Rahardjo, FCAS
    Vice President
    Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
    Barbara A. Stahley, FCAS
    Regional Actuary
    NCCI

  • Advanced Reinsurance Reserving Topics
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    Using stochastic methods to reserve for finite reinsurance contracts is the first of two topics to be discussed in this session. The session will also introduce the concept of "speed-of-settlement" contracts as a reinsurance product being offered to offshore reinsurers. The presentation will focus on how to quantify an accurate liability for these types of contracts from a statutory accounting perspective, with an emphasis on using stochastic methods to determine a release of reserves and, thus, an earning of profits on these contracts.

    The second topic will be on analyzing and negotiating commutations of reinsurance contracts. The session will focus on the key issues that arise during negotiations and the challenges in performing actuarial analysis of these commutations.

    Moderator:
    Douglas W. McKenzie, FCAS
    Vice President
    Zurich Reinsurance (North America)

    Panelists:
    Jeffrey W. Davis, FCAS
    Chief Reserving Actuary & Vice President
    American Re-Insurance Company
    Sandra C. Santomenno, ACAS
    Actuary
    Employers Reinsurance Corp.

  • Latent Exposures
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    This panel will discuss both new and more established latent liabilities, including an update on recent developments with asbestos, and a discussion of new torts such as toxic mold, tobacco, MTBE, lead, and alcohol. A brief discussion will follow of how these liabilities can effect the balance sheet and value of insurance and reinsurance companies.

    Moderator:
    Bruce D. Fell, FCAS
    Vice President
    Am-Re Consultants, Inc.

    Panelists:
    Jennifer L. Biggs, FCAS
    Consulting Actuary
    Tillinghast-Towers Perrin
    Michael Frantz
    Vice President
    American Re-Insurance Company

  • Reinsurance Paper Presentations

    This year the Committee on Reinsurance Research is sponsoring a call for papers on "Using Dynamic Financial Analysis to Optimize Ceded Reinsurance Programs and Retained Portfolios." The best papers, including the prize-winning paper, will be presented at the seminar.

    Strategic Insurance Purchasing
    Authors:
    Kevin M. Bingham, Deloitte & Touche LLP
    John Slusarski, Deloitte & Touche LLP
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    Measuring Value in Reinsurance
    Author:
    Gary Venter, FCAS, President, Guy Carpenter Instratven
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    Stochastic Dominance: A Tool for Evaluating Reins Alternatives
    Author:
    Daniel Heyer, Director- Financial Products Actuarial Services, American Re-Insurance Company
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  • Intermediate Track Sessions

    Analyzing Loss Sensitive Reinsurance Treaty Terms
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    Covering both technical and practical issues behind evaluating loss sensitive treaty terms, this session will discuss excess-of-loss and prorata contract terms, including profit commission, sliding scale commissions, and swing rates. The speakers will use numerical examples to illustrate how to use an aggregate loss distribution to analyze various treaty terms. This session is intended for people with three or fewer years of reinsurance pricing experience.

    Moderator:
    Kari S. Mrazek, FCAS
    Actuary
    GE Reinsurance Corporation

    Panelists:
    Jeffery L. Dollinger, , FCAS
    Second Vice President
    Employers Reinsurance Corporation

    Reinsurance Pricing and Reserving- Intermediate Track
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    This session will cover the new reinsurance chapter from the revised 4th edition of the CAS Foundations of Casualty Actuarial Science textbook, being published this year. The chapter's author, Gary Patrik, will introduce the cahpter and discuss the functions of reinsurance and types of contracts. Chris Svendsgaard will briefly discuss reinsurance princing techniques for proprotional excess of loss, and aggregate excess contracts. Bill Belvin will discuss reinsurance loss reserving techniques, with numerical examples outlining different reserving methodologies.

    Moderator:
    Gary S. Patrik, FCAS
    Chief Pricing Actuary
    Swiss Re

    Panelists:
    William Belvin, , FCAS
    Chief Reserving Actuary
    Swiss Re
    Christian Svendsgaard, , FCAS
    Senior Pricing Actuary
    Swiss Re

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