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Despite a multitude of other catastrophes in 2018, the single biggest loss event for reinsurers was so-called loss creep from 2017’s Hurricane Irma. Dirk Lohmann of Schroders examines what went wrong and what the industry must learn.
If there were two words to describe an investor’s perception of one of the key drivers of performance for many insurance-linked securities (ILS) managers (and indeed many professional reinsurers) in 2018 they would without a doubt be ‘loss creep’.
During the course of 2018 the loss estimates provided by Property Claims Service (PCS) for Hurricane Irma increased by $8 billion.