Seven Thoughts on Part VII Transfers

The first and second waves of Brexit-triggered transfers may now have completed, but further Part VII activity looks set to reach the courts – here are five reasons why, and two things to remember if you are considering embarking on a Part VII.  Come and talk to us if you want guidance through this specialist… Continue reading>

2021 Gibraltar Insurance Seminar and SFCR Review

It was a pleasure to welcome delegates to our second annual Gibraltar-focussed webinar, "Fit for the Future?", which we held on 4 March.  We would like to thank our Chair and Guest Speaker Ian Clark.  Ian kicked off our webinar with a thought-provoking discussion on the current state of the UK motor market, including: impacts… Continue reading>

Validation: Delivering value or just going round the loop?

Top three validation priorities for 2021: better insight, lower cost, capital efficiency At this time of year, many risk and capital teams embark on a new lap of their internal model validation cycle.  Unlike the more exciting underwriting cycle or the more troubling reserving cycle, the validation cycle is more about applying common sense.  Most… Continue reading>

Dear CRO: Please step up, or step down

by Alex Marcuson There may be trouble ahead… With its decidedly blunt approach, the PRA’s season’s greetings letter to CROs should prove to be a bracing wake-up call.  Having set out in Janet and John terms last year (to Chief Actuaries and CEOs) that firms seem to be weakening their reserves, the PRA is unimpressed… Continue reading>

GIRO 2020

The annual GIRO conference is always a highlight for us here at Marcuson Consulting.  With the conference being held virtually this year, it has been a great shame that we haven’t been able to reconnect with our fellow professionals in person. Even so, the sessions themselves continue to be extremely engaging, offering valuable insights into… Continue reading>

Liquidity Risk: Going with the Flow?

The North Atlantic hurricane season is upon us again, and 2020 is expected to be more demanding than normal.  As the industry emerges from the first wave of COVID-19, liquidity risk management should be prominent on board agendas. In September 2019, the PRA published their Supervisory Statement SS05/19  - “Liquidity risk management for insurers”.  Compliance… Continue reading>

International Nurses Day

On International Nurses Day and the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale (12 May 2020), Kendra Felisky of Marcuson Consulting celebrates the actuarial skills of one of the world’s most famous nurses. Florence Nightingale – A Pioneer of Data Visualisation and Handwashing… oh, and that nursing thing. It’s a situation familiar to all actuaries. You know… Continue reading>

Gibraltar SFCR review webinar

It is great to have held our first Gibraltar SFCR review webinar recently.  Huge thanks to our guest speaker Joe Perdoni of the GFSC and Kathryn Morgan for chairing the seminar.  Kendra Felisky, FCAS, CERA presented our quantitative analysis and Alex Marcuson shared strategies firms can adopt to enhance their risk processes and reporting. The… Continue reading>

Covid-19: Issues for Non-life Firms to Consider

by Alex Marcuson I have been thinking about how Covid-19 may affect the non-life insurance and reinsurance industry over the last week and thought I would share some observations. While there remains some uncertainty in both the short and long-term, emerging sickness and mortality rates suggest that this will be a disruptive rather than calamitous… Continue reading>