This Cavalcade of Risky posts from around the world is also our fifth anniversary edition.
I wasn't there at the beginning but I have become a devotee of the Cavalcade. As a specialist in life insurance you realise how little specific news there is outside of reinsurance publications.
Where the Cavalcades relate to other risk disciplines (such as health, but also business risk management, and property and casualty risks) they have helped me to open my mind to other veiws.
Regular readers will already be aware of the organisational burden born by others to host the Cavs and our thanks go to Hank Stern at Insureblog who has kept the ship steaming along for five years.
Thanks for Cav #131
Before the main body of posts, thank you to Emily Holbrook, of the Risk Monitor for hosting the last Cavalcade which can still be found in all its glory over there.
- Risk Posts - and the not-so-risky
- Christchurch earthquake claims figures
- New Zealand Risk Bloggers
- Details of the next Cavalcade
Enjoy the "napkin art"!
Jaan Sidorov presents Primary Care and the Weak Correlation with Quality and Costs (and Costs Go the Wrong Way?) posted at Disease Management Care Blog - it's a continuing truth that the biggest utility gain comes from the first few dollars spent, and diminishing returns kick in after that.
David Williams plunges into politics and outcomes with A silver lining in GOP attempts to defund PPACA implementation posted at Health Business Blog
Risk Posts - and the not-so-risky
Some of these, of course, are life risks. Others are certainties - like that I won't be hired as a graphic designer any time soon :-)
I was very pleased to hear that the average size of the payout - at $199,000 - is much higher than the average for all claims, and larger than I predicted. Although the number is still quite low, at about five times average income in Christchurch, it is a much more useful sum. However, at only 63 lives paid out, the numbers covered are lower. In risk, we have much to do. In all my prediction was pretty close - and I stand by the view that the relatively small claim figure means there will be no direct effect on NZ life rates as a consequence.
The Insurance Council estimates the figure for property claims to be around $10billion. The difference in scale is obvious, and in this case there definitely will be an effect on property insurance rates.
New Zealand Risk Bloggers
Steve, at The Life Insurance Blog, complains about travel insurance.
Darrin, at goodreturns, writes about the loss of trust with life insurers.
Then there's yours truly, of course. I can be read both here, and over there.
The Next Cavalcade
The next host is "Ironman" at Political Calculations. Do support it, and if you would like to write, please de-lurk and get scribbling.
If you would like to connect with me please feel free to drop me a line here at Chatswood (see contact details for my email) or you can connect with me on LinkedIn and stay in touch that way.