January 2017 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

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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 […]

Market-leading business intelligence coming to insurers: Q&A with Phanom Dixie

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With a career built on analyzing complex industries, Phanom Dixie loves data—and solving business problems. So it’s no wonder she’s very excited to lead a new benchmarking initiative that will benefit ISO ClaimSearch® customers. We asked Phanom to tell us more about this breakout project. Q: How did the benchmarking initiative come about? Phanom: The […]

December 2016 Preview: Historical Catastrophe Activity

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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

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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 […]

October 2016 Preview: Historical Cat Activity

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As October approaches, so does the end of peak hurricane season, however, insurers should still be vigilant and prepared to assist policyholders in the event of a late-season disturbances. While the fourth quarter generally tends to be less active, there have been 19 PCS-designated catastrophes in the month of October in the past ten years. […]

3D printer risks investigated

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In a previous blog post—3D Printers: Do emitted chemicals from inexpensive desktop models pose health risks?—we discussed a study on emissions and possible risks associated with small commercial desktop 3D printers. Due to lower cost, this class of printer is becoming more widespread in universities, commercial facilities, and even homes. As a result, they’re increasingly […]