Profiles in Risk – E70: Tom Johansmeyer of PCS – Aggregating Catastrophe Data For Industry Benchmarking and ILS Parametric Index Triggering

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Tom Johansmeyer is the Michael Lewis of Insurance. As the head of Verisk’s PCS division, Tom is continuing the PCS tradition of aggregating insured industry losses, and taking that to a whole new level. PCS, globally known for aggregating, weather, earthquake, fire and other natural catastrophes is expanding into cyber, terror and other specialty lines, and taking the show on the road…globally. Tom and I discuss the value of aggregated industry losses, how the industry is creatively using those loss figures and the new products being deployed to help the insurance ecosystem smoothly transfer risk. Armed with a philosophy degree, tenure at a consulting firm and a love of writing, Tom got into insurance at Guy Carpenter. Tom was the creator of Capital Ideas and has kept his writing and marketing skills sharp over at PCS. PCS is an advertiser of Insurance Nerds…join the Reinsurance Revolution!


PCS – Property Claims Service – a division of Verisk Analytics
ILW – Industry Loss Warranty
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Retrocession Insurance (trades)
Indemnity Triggers – An loss amount for the sponsor (usually an insurer) of the insurance security corresponding to the actual losses they sustained for an event. Tom discussed different trigger types. The article referenced here describes many of them. PCS specializes in collecting industry data which is often used in Industry Loss triggers
Basis Risk – In ILS, because ILS sponsors have different loss triggers available to them aside from triggers on their own losses (see indemnity above), sponsors run the risk that an event payout, based on a non-indemnity trigger, may not match their true losses. With basis risk, a sponsor may receive more payout than they had insured losses, or worse, less payout than their total event loss.
Costa Concordia loss
Deep Water Horizon loss
Jubilee loss
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Equifax Cyber Breach
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catastrophe-bond-issue/">Solidum Blockchain Transaction
Guy Carpenter
 – note Steve Evans, owner of Artemis will be a guest on Profiles in Risk in April
Nature’s Casino by Michael Lewis (one of the best insurance and ILS articles out there)

Against the Gods by Peter L. Berstein

Amazon Reinsurance Page


About Nick Lamparelli

Nick Lamparelli is a 20+ year veteran of the insurance wars. He has a unique vantage point on the insurance industry. From selling home & auto insurance, helping companies with commercial insurance, to being an underwriter with an excess & surplus lines wholesaler to catastrophe modeling Nick has wide experience in the industry. Over past 10 years, Nick has been focused on the insurance analytics of natural catastrophes and big data. Nick serves as our Chief Evangelist.

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