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Modeling Fundamentals: Combining Loss Metrics

Articles | AIR Currents Article
October 24, 2012

The AIR Institute, AIR’s catastrophe risk management training and education program, is launching a series of AIRCurrents articles that explore the fundamentals of catastrophe modeling. This first one, by Greg Sly, Manager, Client and Consulting Services, and Nan Ma, Senior Editor, explains the dos and don’ts of combining exceedance probability metrics.
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Earthquake Risk in Japan After Tohoku: Updates to the AIR Model

Articles | AIR Currents Article
January 24, 2013

This article provides a high level overview of some of the most significant changes in the forthcoming update to the AIR Earthquake Model for Japan, scheduled for release in June 2013.
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Summer Floods in the UK: Comparing 2012 and 2007

Articles | AIR Currents Article
November 26, 2012

Senior Client Services Associate Thomas Hughes, from AIR’s London Office, and Science Writer Sara Gambrill compare the UK summer floods of 2007 and 2012 and what the future may hold for the UK in terms of flood defense and insurance coverage.
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Modeling U.S. Hurricane Risk to Pleasure Boats

Articles | AIR Currents Article
September 20, 2012

The latest release of the AIR U.S. Hurricane model features the ability to estimate losses to the pleasure boat line of business. AIR Engineer Matt Maddalo describes AIR’s approach to modeling the vulnerability of these assets.
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Hedging Catastrophe Risk Using Industry Loss Warranties

Articles | AIR Currents Article
August 23, 2012

Michael Wedel, Manager in AIR’s Consulting and Client Services Group, discusses how industry loss warranties are used to hedge catastrophe risk—as well as how AIR’s CATRADER® software can be used to evaluate hedge effectiveness.
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Ten Years after the Elbe Floods: Putting Lessons Learned Toward the Development of a Detailed Flood Model

Articles | AIR Currents Article
August 23, 2012

The Elbe floods affected large areas of eastern Germany, Austria, and western Czech Republic. In the aftermath, AIR responded to the industry’s call for more detailed approaches to assessing loss potential. In this article, Tobias Klier, Andreas Reiche, Yörn Tatge, and Meagan Phelan highlight several features of the AIR Inland Flood Model for Germany that address issues raised by the Elbe floods.  
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The Next Generation of Computing Scalability

Articles | AIR Currents Article
July 19, 2012

The release of AIR’s Touchstone offers a degree of scalability unimaginable just a few years ago. In this article, AIR Vice President of Technical Services Peter Lewis and Vice President and Chief Software Architect Boris Davidson explain how the adoption of Microsoft High Performance Computing technology is making this possible.  
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Managing Wind Pool Risk with Portfolio Optimization

Articles | AIR Currents Article
June 18, 2012

Previous AIRCurrents articles explored AIR’s portfolio optimization solutions for reinsurers and insurers. This time, Matthew Holland discusses how insurers can use optimization to improve wind pool decision-making.
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Capturing Correlation in Agricultural Risk Models

Articles | AIR Currents Article
May 24, 2012

Dr. Gerhard Zuba details the significance of spatial correlation in a weather-based approach to agricultural modeling, and explains how AIR’s Agricultural Weather Index (AWI) technology explicitly captures the effects of spatially correlated weather events on modeled losses in China.
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Blending Severe Thunderstorm Model Results with Loss Experience Data—A Balanced Approach to Ratemaking

Articles | AIR Currents Article
May 24, 2012

The volatility in year-to-year severe thunderstorm losses means that traditional ratemaking approaches are not sufficient for developing actuarially sound prices. AIR Senior Vice President David Lalonde introduces a balanced ratemaking methodology that properly reflects the tail risk from potential severe thunderstorm events.
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