In addition to feature articles, news articles, videos and podcasts, Carrier Management published dozens of charts in 2013, the most popular of which featured rankings of insurers.

As the year comes to a close, we offer another look at some of our most viewed charts by topic area. Links to corresponding articles are provided above each of the charts. Topics include rankings, the use of predictive analytics, reserve errors, risk analysis, talent management and premium and combined ratio forecasts.

Rankings

How They Rank: Fitch Reports On Top D&O Insurers

D&O DWP TOP 5 RANKING 2012 FITCH
Compiling direct premium data from supplements required by insurance regulators using data from SNL Financial, the Fitch report revealed that the top 5 combined to write almost 50 percent of the D&O 2012 direct written premiums, and the top 10 wrote 69 percent of the total.

Top 10 Non-Life Reinsurers: A.M. Best Ranking

AMBEST Top 10 nonlife
There is only one new name on the latest ranking of the top 10 global non-life reinsurers, with China Reinsurance (Group) Corp. replacing Transatlantic Reinsurance Co. on a list extracted from an A.M. Best analysis.

Top 5 Terrorism Insurance Markets

According to Marsh's 2013 Terrorism Insurance Report, roughly $750 million to $2 billion per risk in standalone capacity is available to companies that do not have sizeable exposures in locations where standalone insurers have reached or are approaching aggregation limits
According to Marsh’s 2013 Terrorism Insurance Report, roughly $750 million to $2 billion per risk in standalone capacity is available to companies that do not have sizeable exposures in locations where standalone insurers have reached or are approaching aggregation limits
Analytics and Reserve Analysis

82% of P/C Insurers Using Predictive Analytics: Earnix/ISO Research

Earnix ISO Predictive Chart 1
A survey of North American insurance professionals reveals widespread use of predictive analytics in the property/casualty insurance industry, with as many as 82 percent responding that they use predictive modeling in one or more lines.

Reserve Patterns Persist Post-SOX

Average net Reserve Error: Public vs. Private
The ability of property/casualty insurers to set loss reserves has not changed as a result of the enactment of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, according to researchers from Illinois State University and Pinnacle Actuarial Resources. The persistence of patterns in reserve errors rather than random effects suggests the same level of earnings management before and after SOX.
Risk Analysis

Insurers Rank Top 10 Extreme Risks; Global Pandemic is No. 1

Global insurance industry executives rank global pandemic, large-scale natural catastrophe and a food/water/energy crisis as the three most important extreme risks for the industry to worry about in the long term, according to a recent survey.
Global insurance industry executives rank global pandemic, large-scale natural catastrophe and a food/water/energy crisis as the three most important extreme risks for the industry to worry about in the long term, according to a recent survey.

Top 10 Insured Catastrophe Loss Events for 2013: Swiss Re

More than half of the insured losses from the top 10 catastrophe events in 2013 occurred in Europe, according to Swiss Re.
More than half of the insured losses from the top 10 catastrophe events in 2013 occurred in Europe, according to Swiss Re.

Top Five States Ranked By Insurable Coastal Value: AIR Worldwide

Across all 18 coastal states, AIR said the $10 trillion estimate of coastal properties represented 38 percent of the $28 trillion total insured value of properties located in all regions of those states—coastal and inland properties.
Across all 18 coastal states, AIR said the $10 trillion estimate of coastal properties represented 38 percent of the $28 trillion total insured value of properties located in all regions of those states—coastal and inland properties.

Risk Views: Insurers vs. Other Industries

Insurers, who are in the business of taking risk for a living, have a slightly different view of the top risks facing their organizations than risk professionals in other industries.
Insurers, who are in the business of taking risk for a living, have a slightly different view of the top risks facing their organizations than risk professionals in other industries.
Talent Management

Actuaries Regain Best Job Title

BEST & WORST JOBS 2013
Actuaries are back on the top of an annual ranking of best jobs, retaking the crown from software engineers, who held the title for two years running—and trouncing newspaper reporters who have the worst jobs in the nation.

Saint Joseph’s University Research Shines Light on Gender Diversity in Insurance

Brokerage firms, personal lines carriers and life companies consistently demonstrate more gender diversity than their financial, offshore and primary company counterparts, according to research by St. Joseph's University
Brokerage firms, personal lines carriers and life companies consistently demonstrate more gender diversity than their financial, offshore and primary company counterparts, according to research by Saint Joseph’s University

Compensation Gaps in the Insurance Industry: University Research

A Saint Joseph's University study uncovered wide gaps in compensation among market-facing (i.e. business-producing) roles such as CEOs or division presidents versus the more functional roles such as accounting, actuarial, claims, finance or legal—regardless of gender—with the top C-suite executives commanding $3 million more, on average, than executives in functional roles.
A Saint Joseph’s University study uncovered wide gaps in compensation among market-facing (i.e. business-producing) roles such as CEOs or division presidents versus the more functional roles such as accounting, actuarial, claims, finance or legal—regardless of gender—with the top C-suite executives commanding $3 million more, on average, than executives in functional roles.

Boards Unhappy With CEO Mentoring, Board Engagement Skills

When asked about individual events that might impact CEO evaluations, board members were more likely to say that the unexpected exodus of senior executive team members or negative results on a workplace engagement survey would have a
When asked about individual events that might impact CEO evaluations, board members were more likely to say that the unexpected exodus of senior executive team members or negative results on a workplace engagement survey would have a “very negative” or “moderately negative” impact than CEOs asked about the same two events.
Premium/Combined Ratio Forecasts

Top 15 Global Insurance Markets: 2020

While the United States and Japan will keep the top two spots, China will rank third in terms of primary insurance premium by 2020, Munich Re's Insurance Market Outlook report reveals.
While the United States and Japan will keep the top two spots, China will rank third in terms of primary insurance premium by 2020, Munich Re’s Insurance Market Outlook report reveals.

Future Profit Projections: Moody’s Analysis of Commercial Combined Ratios

Given the current level of commercial insurance price increases, which are outpacing loss ratio trends, analysts at Moody's Investors Service forecast that underwriting margins will also continue to improve.
Given the current level of commercial insurance price increases, which are outpacing loss ratio trends, analysts at Moody’s Investors Service forecast that underwriting margins will also continue to improve.

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