A discussion of Risk and Risk Management from the perspective of an Insurance company risk manager. Insurers provide products that help everyone to manage their risks. Here you will hear Dave Ingram and Max Rudolph, actuaries from the global consultancy Actuarial Risk Management talk about the sorts of things that keep those insurance company risk managers up at night. Or at least they should.
RiskMaster Cheat Code
21:15Has any of your ERM program has been written down? Or is it at risk of being lost when a key player leaves the insurer? The Risk Management Framework document provides the RiskMaster Cheat Codes for understanding the overall ERM system and for specific topics like stress testing and risk reporting to allow a new risk team to start from a solid base should that be needed. It also can act as a cheat sheet for the Board to be able to participate in ERM discussions even though they do not live in the system. By Dave Ingram.
Water, Water Everywhere
22:00Climate change and population growth have stressed fresh water sources, leaving agriculture and coastal residents with opposing issues. While aquifers and rivers struggle, extreme weather and sea level rise provide an overabundance of water. Insurers increasingly are dealing with these extreme weather events that highlight the presence of too much water (hurricanes, inland flooding) or too little water (drought, fire). Today Max covers some existing issues while others will be emerging at a later time. By Max Rudolph
Using Risk Appetite: Contrarian Views
14:40It is commonly assumed that higher returns require higher risk to be accepted. Fear and greed may outperform over the short term but often the last investor in does poorly. Long periods of stimulus provide warning that economic cycles come to an end eventually. By Max Rudolph.
Regime Changes lead to New Normal
23:46Radical changes in our Physical, Political, Economic and Social systems have been and will continue to buffet humanity. Every so often the combined result is a major change of regime in which new patterns for each of these systems develops and persists for some time creating a new normal. We make the case that this is coming in our world. By Max Rudolph and Dave Ingram
Leverage: The Flip Side of Risk Management
17:42It was tempting, when interest rates were so low, to borrow just because you could. But that may not be best for an organization from a risk/reward perspective. Leverage can have a major impact on the risk profile that is not usually considered. Leverage is actually the flip side of risk management. By Dave Ingram
14:34No one is arguing anymore that the planet is not getting hotter, but what are the limits to temperature rise for humans survival? The ramifications for those who live in poverty in tropical zones is that they will need to move because of the heat. The alternatives are unacceptable. The world needs a plan to deal with massive climate migration. By Max Rudolph.
Risk and Capital
16:22Stakeholder perception about the appropriate level of risk and the corresponding capital level varies. Some insurers focus on optimizing income and disbursements, while others find their goals aligned by holding redundant capital. Here we discuss several broad choices for the level of capital and the pros and cons of each based upon common business objectives. By Dave Ingram.
Interactions between risks: Implications for building scenarios
21:38Historically, scenarios have focused on one assumption at a time but that is not realistic in today’s quickly evolving world. Risk interactions are very important considerations and impact scenario assumptions dynamically. Three narrative scenarios that interact between financial and non-financial risks are discussed. By Max Rudolph.