Ambiguous threats abound: sovereign debt crises, inflation, deflation, natural catastrophes, pandemics, terrorism, cyber theft/fraud, nanotechnology, etc. The list of potential threats to the insurance industry is both wide and deep; however, practical guidance on how insurers can identify, assess, evaluate, track and mitigate relevant threats is in relatively short supply.

One way to practically screen for potentially significant threats is to evaluate prospective ones against an insurer's exposure concentrations. By focusing on threats that could potentially hit a significant concentration, leading insurers are able to zero-in on the ones most relevant to them. This type of activity is important because many threats are ambiguous.

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