London - In order to better manage risk in an insurance business cycle fraught with uncertainty over market conditions and pricing, carriers in the U.S. and abroad should invest in the latest risk management tools, says a new report from Lloyd's, "Managing the Insurance Cycle." Lloyd's, which provides specialist commercial insurance coverage to customers in more than 200 countries and territories, published the report as part of its 360 Risk Project, an initiative to generate discussion on how best to manage risk in today's business environment. The report warns of "considerable uncertainty remains over prices and conditions in the commercial insurance market following last year's record hurricane season." Among other suggestions, it cautions underwriters to beware of the tendency to follow on market trends, and reminds them that "disciplined insurers... are prepared to walk away from markets when prices fall below a prudent risk-based minimum." Investing in state-of-the-art risk management and measurement tools, says Lloyd's, will support insurers' ability to create the best possible pricing models, as well as their ability to update them regularly to reflect the latest scientific evidence. "The models should more easily permit sensitivity analysis to show the impact of the many assumptions that are being made by the modellers on the insurer's behalf," notes the report. Lloyd's report cites "seven key steps for ensuring that the industry becomes less unpredictable and underwrites on a sustainable basis for the benefit of both policyholders and insurers," including: -- Don't follow the herd. -- Invest in the latest risk management tools. -- Don't let surplus capital dictate your underwriting. -- Don't be dazzled by higher investment returns. -- Don't rely on 'the big one' to push prices upwards. -- Redeploy capital from lines where margins are unsustainable. -- Get smarter with underwriter and manager incentives. More information onLloyd's report is available at www.lloyds.com/360. Source: Lloyd's

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