February 2017 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

It’s midwinter in the Northern Hemisphere, and we’re looking ahead to February with a review of historical catastrophe activity. In the ten years from 2007 through 2016, PCS® designated 28 catastrophes during the month of February. These included 26 weather-related events and two workers compensation events, which together caused approximately $9.8 billion in insured damages […]

Four Killer Blockchain Use Cases for Insurance

Is blockchain really a solution in search of a problem? At first glance, it may appear that way. Aside from developments in the industry loss warranty (ILW) market, clear use cases have been slow to emerge. That’s largely because blockchain innovation has focused on smart contracts that use of an independent third-party as the ‘oracle’, […]

Are We Missing the Real Blockchain Opportunity for Insurance?

Blockchain has taken the global insurance industry by storm. Insurtech start-ups have begun to probe this emerging technology, and insurers and reinsurers have watched, explored, and tested. So far, however, blockchain remains a discussion topic more than an implementation effort. The likely reason for this is a lack of insurance industry knowledge amongst blockchain-focused companies. […]

January 2017 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

With winter on its way, we look ahead to January cat event risks. Catastrophic January storms since 2007 have caused nearly $5.9 billion in insured losses. PCS has designated 16 catastrophes during the month of January between 2007 and 2016, including 10 winter storms and six wind and thunderstorm events. Last January, we saw the […]

December 2016 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

The 2016 hurricane season ended November 30 with two PCS® catastrophe designations from Atlantic Basin hurricanes that made landfall in the United States. We discussed Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew in our previous post. As winter approaches, we note that the month of December has brought 11 PCS-designated catastrophes since 2006. Those events generated approximately 490,000 […]

November 2016 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

The 2016 hurricane season will come to an end on November 30. So far this year, two catastrophes have been designated as tropical events. Hurricane Hermine affected Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia between August 31 and September 4 and resulted in approximately $245.6 million in insured losses. The other tropical […]