Summary of Insurance From Underwriting to Derivatives

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Insurance From Underwriting to Derivatives book summary
Investments in European and U.S. insurance are just as safe and predictable as the next earthquake, but there is major money to be made before the ground begins to tremble. Here’s how the pros figure out what’s shaking.


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In Insurance from Underwriting to Derivaties, Eric Briys and Francois de Varenne, both Deutsche Bank insurance experts, have written a highly technical, albeit readable, book for their professional peers. They discuss property-casualty insurance, risk, securitizing, pricing and liabilities duration in the United States and Europe. However, it will dawn on the casual reader fairly early that there should be an "experts only" label on the book jacket. Even the basic introduction to property-casualty insurance begins with the presentation of complex mathematical models. More daunting models, charts and graphs elucidate information throughout. Insiders will appreciate this data and the extensive footnotes and references. While this may not be a book for the mid-management reader, assures you, without risk, that its target audience - financial executives and professionals in the insurance industry - will be very glad to have it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • An outline of the basics of property-casualty insurance, including securitizing risks
  • The state of the insurance industry in Europe and the United States
  • How professionals manage life insurance pricing, duration, assets and liabilities


Property-Casualty Insurance Basics
Four main developments give the first impression that the property-casualty insurance industry may be in trouble. Premiums are falling, interest rates have dropped, growth prospects are gloomy (though the value of insured risks is up) and the industry...
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About the Authors

Eric Briys is a managing director at Deutsche Bank, where he heads the Insurance Strategies Group. He worked previously for Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, and is a former Professor of Finance at HEC Management. He has published seven books on finance and economics and more than thirty scientific articles. Francois de Varenne covers European insurance and reinsurance companies as a vice-president at the Deutsche Bank. He also worked previously for Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers. He is the former head of Financial and Economics Affairs at the French Federation of Insurance Companies. He has published three books and more than ten scientific articles.

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