Thursday, November 24, 2011

"Doomsday Coming for Catastrophic Risk Insurers?"


Solar Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) or Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) events are likely near-term scenarios that could decimate the insurance industry

The reinsurance industry fails to redistribute risk adequately, its very reason for being, according to a Harvard Business School professor in the interview cited below.

And in the case of a widespread catastrophic event such as a solar Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) or Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) event, which could cause immediate property & casualty damage equal to "20 Katrina's" per a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) study, there is not sufficient liquidity / capacity in the worldwide insurance / reinsurance industries to pay off all "covered" claims.  In short, you are not covered.

20 Katrina's equals about US$ 1 TRILLION.

So even if your company were to buy CME / EMP coverage within your Business Property, Business Continuity, Contingent Business Continuity, and D&O (Directors & Officers) policies, could you collect on it ?

More than likely, no.  So insurance is, sadly, not insurance for CME / EMP. 

And a holistic approach to planning for CME / EMP events is required.

Now to the news:

"Doomsday Coming for Catastrophic Risk Insurers?"

September 19, 2011

Interview with:  Prof. Kenneth A. Froot, Harvard Business School


POSTED 22 Sept 2011 by:

David A. Palella
[ Electro-Magnetic Pulse Defense Council(sm) ]

San Diego, California
cell: 619-787-5767

EMP Defense Council -- Preparing for Electro-Magnetic Pulse

(1) EMP Defense Council(SM) Highlights Calculable Risks of Solar Cycle Peak in 2013

(2) The EMP Defense Council(C) Announces the Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) Priority Hardening List Ranked by Industry Vulnerability, and Proposes a Markets-Based Approach to Addressing Solar or Nuclear EMP Events

(3) Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) Defense Council(C) Founded in San Diego, California on Pearl Harbor Day