• Phoenix breathes new life into its actuarial systems

    03 July 2013

    The UK closed-fund consolidator has replaced its myriad modelling systems with just one, in a huge three-year project that is said to have been on time and on budget. For Phoenix, the project was not only operationally necessary; it was a strategic imperative. InsuranceERM explains

  • RMS cloud will be AIR-less

    21 June 2013

    Catastrophe modelling firms are promising to shift risk management into a higher gear with the launch of their various platforms and RMS has even thrown open its new service to third-party modellers. AIR Worldwide's Bill Churney explains why his firm won't be joining in

  • Structural modelling offers new approach to operational risk

    13 June 2013

    Structural or causal models also enable operational risk predictions to be explained to non-specialists in a way that is easy to understand, argue Josh Corrigan, Neil Cantle and Fred Vosvenieks

  • Separating country risks from national finances

    19 April 2013

    The use of sovereign ratings as a stand-in for country risk is proving problematic for many insurers and credit analysts, say Marcel Heinrichs and Ivelina Stanoeva

  • Eqecat's Paul Little: client expectations are rising

    09 April 2013

    Paul Little says his promotion to president of catastrophe modelling firm Eqecat was unexpected, but his experience in the sales side of the business, as well as 25 years in reinsurance broking, stand him in good stead to take the helm and focus on efforts to be "at the forefront of transparency," he tells Lorna Davies

  • Ageas's van Grimbergen: Matching adjustment is crucial for us

    15 March 2013

    Solvency II's long-term guarantees package has the future of the life insurance industry in its hands, says Emmanuel van Grimbergen, group risk officer of Ageas. He talks to Lorna Davies about his concerns, as well as his doubts about Eiopa's 'interim measures'

  • Cat modellers set out their platforms

    26 February 2013

    For Eqecat, AIR and RMS, the future is platforms and the promise to give clients more model transparency and control. Open-architecture initiatives such as Oasis are also gearing up. Lorna Davies details the developments

  • From the Talmud and Markowitz to a holistic picture of risk

    10 January 2013

    Systems thinking helps risk modellers develop a more dynamic, responsive analysis of complex systems. Matt Cocke and Richard See-Toh track developments from 4 BC to today's ERM approach

  • Predictive modelling needs man and machine to co-exist

    21 August 2012

    Predictive models used by insurers to manage risk and capital and support pricing could become automated, commodity items. But human judgement and overall method will remain the keys to refining models in the future, according to Duncan Anderson