NEWARK, Calif. - October 31, 2018 RMS, the leading global risk modeling and analytics firm, announces the release of its US Inland Flood High Definition (HD) model. Flood is the most frequent and widespread peril in the U.S. and has historically been difficult to model and insure due to its relative complexity and the lack of quality data available. RMS has leveraged extensive expertise in flood modeling to bring to market an innovative solution that solves for these existing market challenges. The new RMS US Inland Flood HD Model accounts for all types of inland floods, including those induced by both tropical cyclone and non-tropical cyclone rainfall, and is coupled with the RMS North Atlantic Storm Surge Model to provide a comprehensive view of inland flood risk alongside hurricane-driven coastal flood and wind risk.
Recent events such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Florence have driven increased awareness around the potential flood risk across the US along with the large gaps that currently exist in coverage. There is immense opportunity for the insurance industry to grow the US Flood market, but this requires leveraging the right tools to understand and accurately assess this risk.
Vice President, Dr. Pete Dailey, commented: “The market demand for flood insurance is growing, but to date the industry has lacked a tool to enable a rigorous and comprehensive treatment of all sources of flood risk. We are excited that our investment of over 60 man-years of development effort have culminated in a tool that meets this broad market requirement.” RMS HD Inland Flood Model also takes the challenge of data availability head on, with first-of-its-kind capabilities to account for key drivers of flood risk, including employing intelligent modeling techniques to account for key structural attributes such as first floor height and basement characteristics. The model also includes the first market-wide solution to account for the presence of all defenses that help mitigate flood risk, even in the absence of this information being available in public datasets.RMS Vice President, Arno Hilberts, stated: “This model is based on state-of-the-art hydrodynamical modeling, and is the first of its kind to be explicitly calibrated to a both depth and flow observations, and validated using flood zone and flood depth information from FEMA, as well as detailed claims data. This makes is unique, and enables our clients to use the model all the way from portfolio-management to the point of underwriting.”
The new HD model considers all these key drivers and mitigators of flood and leverages robust vulnerability relationships to precisely translate flood hazard to physical damage and financial costs for a full range of residential, commercial and industrial structures.
The new HD Financial model facilitates understanding of cross-peril correlation with the ability to appropriately capture seasonality impacts, and accurately and flexibly model time-dependent reinsurance policy terms. Such innovations facilitate risk differentiation and competitive underwriting and pricing to quickly optimize risk selection, while managing and ultimately growing a profitable portfolio.
Expectations are that the flood market will continue to present opportunity to (re)insurers equipped with the most versatile modeling solutions. RMS Chief Risk Modeling Officer, Dr. Mohsen Rahnama commented: “With the NFIP’s recent removal of the non-compete clause for Write-Your-Own carriers, and it’s pending reauthorization in November, we are hopeful that private participation in the flood insurance market will only increase. As the market evolves, those writing flood insurance will rely on a model that allows them to accurately capture the full range of potential losses from inland and coastal flooding.”
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LONDON – 20th December, 2021 – RMS®, the world’s leading catastrophe risk solutions company, announces that it has formally signed a consulting agreement with Tunis Re to create an exposure and accumulation study, with a focus on Flood, Terrorism and other natural catastrophes. This agreement will enable Tunis Re to increase monitoring of its exposures and further expand its risk management capabilities. Lamia Ben Mahmoud, Chief Executive Officer at Tunis Re, said: “To continue providing our valued clients with the excellent service to which they are accustomed, we continuously look for ways to stay ahead of our exposures and maintain exceptional risk management processes. Our strategic collaboration with RMS, who is highly regarded especially around flood, natural catastrophe and terrorism risks, will enable us to further develop a more comprehensive monitoring of these risks for the benefit of both our team and our clients and our other business partners.” Vivek Bajaj, Managing Director Europe and Asia, RMS, added: “We are delighted to work with Tunis Re on this collaborative initiative. We look forward to assisting them in furthering their awareness and knowledge of their exposures and supporting them as they embark on this journey. This demonstrates our commitment to continued development and growth in the important MENA region.” About Tunis Re Tunis Re is a public limited reinsurance company based in Tunis, Tunisia. Founded in 1981, the company writes both treaty and facultative solutions (non-life and life) and is one of Africa’s leading regional reinsurers. Tunis Re has a diversified global portfolio which expands over 51 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
LONDON – 13th December, 2021 – RMS, the world’s leading catastrophe risk solutions company, is working with leading global specialty (re)insurer Canopius to develop and enhance Canopius’ climate change risk analysis with the adoption of RMS Climate Change Models. RMS has worked closely with Canopius to fully integrate the climate change models into its business processes with a focus on North Atlantic hurricane wind and storm surge. The RMS Climate Change Models will also help Canopius to respond to new and emerging regulatory reporting, such as the recent Bank of England Climate Biennial Exploratory Scenario (CBES) exercise, as well as further financial disclosures. RMS Climate Change Models help (re)insurers, such as Canopius, better understand, evaluate, and manage climate change risk in multiple regions using a probabilistic modeling approach. The models offer comprehensive and flexible parameters to seamlessly adjust time horizons and Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) to assess the impacts and uncertainties associated with different climate change scenarios. Joss Matthewman, Senior Director, Product Management, RMS, said: “Rigorous and reliable climate change risk analytics are vital for all businesses right now. This is not just about contributing to increased regulation and financial disclosures, but also providing clients with strategic insights and outcomes for short-, medium- and long-term horizons. We are pleased to continue our work with Canopius, and we see more companies across the insurance and reinsurance industry defining best practices around climate change and investing in the future of our industry.” Paul Wilkinson, Head of Aggregation and Risk Strategy, Canopius said: “Climate change presents one of the most significant risks to the (re)insurance industry. It is important to us to incorporate the latest science relating to climate change into our risk analytics in a manner that can be tailored to our needs and fully integrated across key business operations, such as portfolio management, near-term underwriting, and business planning. The RMS models enable adjusting time horizons for the near- and long-term, which, combined with the full flexibility and range of the IPCC’s Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) scenarios allows us to confidently assess North Atlantic hurricane climate change risks.”
LONDON – 7th December, 2021 – Specialist global insurer Hiscox is working with RMS, the world’s leading catastrophe risk solutions company, to extend and increase its use of groundbreaking RMS Location Intelligence API technology, to improve the customer experience for its coverholders by providing real-time tailored quotes. RMS Location Intelligence provides market-leading modeling data offering high-resolution, location-level hazard, risk, and loss metrics. The use of an application programming interface (API) to integrate RMS data directly into Hiscox systems allows real-time responses to coverholders, and no lost business due to slow response times. RMS Location Intelligence also provides a live view of Hiscox’s bound portfolio enabling active management of risk aggregation and greater opportunities for dynamic pricing. Paul Butler, Technology Director, Hiscox, said: “It is no secret that technology continues to be a major driver across all aspects of the insurance industry. At Hiscox we are accelerating investment in our data and analytical capabilities to enable us to capture new opportunities in the market. Our Coverholder relationships are vital to our business growth at Hiscox and since working with RMS Location Intelligence API, our FloodPlus book has doubled year on year, now generating in the region of 20,000 quotes per week. The millisecond response times are needed to keep our overall API response time below four seconds – our benchmark for providing real-time and automated trading platforms in FloodPlus and BindPlus.” Jason Futers, Managing Director at RMS, said: “There has been huge growth in the Coverholder market, and many sophisticated carriers are now moving to live quoting of delegated business so that they can precisely tailor pricing to their view of risk and build a better book of business. RMS Location Intelligence offers real-time screening and pricing analytics from RMS data and models that enable carriers to adopt a consistent view across the full risk transfer process, from individual risks through to portfolio management. Being able to provide coverholders with real-time, fully automated quotes is a gamechanger that is driving increases to the quote-to-bind ratios, and improvements in the quality and quantity of underwritten policies.” About the Hiscox Group Hiscox is a global specialist insurer, headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). Our ambition is to be a respected specialist insurer with a diverse portfolio by product and geography. We believe that building balance between catastrophe-exposed business and less volatile local specialty business gives us opportunities for profitable growth throughout the insurance cycle. The Hiscox Group employs over 3,000 people in 14 countries, and has customers worldwide. Through the retail businesses in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA, we offer a range of specialist insurance for professionals and business customers as well as homeowners. Internationally traded, bigger ticket business and reinsurance is underwritten through Hiscox London Market and Hiscox Re & ILS. Our values define our business, with a focus on people, courage, ownership and integrity. We pride ourselves on being true to our word and our award-winning claims service is testament to that. For more information, visit www.hiscoxgroup.com