A.M.BestTV: Insurers Develop New Ways to Trigger Disaster Coverage

OLDWICK, N.J.--()--This A.M.BestTV episode explores how brokers and insurers are borrowing from the catastrophe (cat) bonds world by developing coverage against natural perils that are triggered by measurable parameters rather than traditional claims reporting. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=parametric715 to view the video program.

Unlike traditional insurance, parametric instruments use a model to calculate the payout of the insurance policy. Swiss Reinsurance Company, which provides parametric products, has noted that this payout model aims to closely mirror the actual damage on the ground and enable a much more rapid payment as no loss adjusters are required after the event to assess the actual damage.

“Parametric instruments operate in the exact same way as a cat bond; however, the actual risk is borne by the insurance company,” said James Crystal, executive vice president at Crystal & Company. “In this market, the insurance company will not ask you for any information about what it is insuring, since it is underwriting against the actual event occurring. It is underwriting the risk.”

A.M. Best’s Managing Senior Financial Analyst Asha Attoh-Okine added, ‘The traditional market is evolving, and insurance companies are learning from what is happening in the alternative cat bond market.”

Other people that appear in this episode include:

  • Emma Garner, executive vice president at Swett & Crawford.

On Friday, July 31, 2015, A.M.BestTV will premiere a special presentation looking at the impact Hurricane Katrina left on the insurance industry 10 years after the deadly storm, with interviews with industry executives and regulators from New Orleans. See the preview at http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=katrinapreview715.

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Contacts

A.M. Best Company, Inc.
Lee McDonald, 908-439-2200, ext. 5561
Group Vice President, Publication and News Services
lee.mcdonald@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best Company, Inc.
Lee McDonald, 908-439-2200, ext. 5561
Group Vice President, Publication and News Services
lee.mcdonald@ambest.com