Press Release - JUNE 04, 2019

AM Best Looks at the Emerging Risks of Catastrophes

 Patricia Vowinkel
Executive Editor, Best’s Review®
+1 908 439 2200, ext. 5540


OLDWICK - JUNE 04, 2019
Best’s Review focuses on catastrophes in conjunction with the start of hurricane season this month. While these perennial storms are a constant threat for insurers, the June issue looks at other types of catastrophes, both natural and man-made.

  • “Going Dark” examines how the 2017 NotPetya ransomware attack paralyzed businesses and resulted in an estimated insured loss of $3 billion, revealing cyber as an emerging catastrophic risk.

  • “Stumbling Blocks” details the obstacles holding back the development of a cyber insurance-linked securities market, such as limited modeling, lack of loss history and its potential long tail.

  • “Waiting to Erupt” outlines the new ways insurers plan to assess and address the overlooked threat of volcano eruptions, including the development of parametric products and an exposure-based probabilistic volcano model.

Also in the June issue, “Storm Clouds on the Horizon” looks at the forecast of a recession in 2020 or 2021, and how asset managers are de-risking their portfolios. Regarding the life industry, “Reaching the Uninsurables” reports how insurers are targeting those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, searching for growth in an underserved market.

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