Moore Stephens Says Insurers Must Make Greater Use of Risk Analysis

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
Leading accountant and consultant Moore Stephens has urged insurance underwriters and brokers to make greater use of financial and actuarial consultancy to assess risk.

John Harbor, head of the Moore Stephens Insurance Industry Group, writing in the Group's newsletter, insured interest, says, "The events of September 11 in the United States have shaken the international insurance industry to its foundations. Now is not a time for being wise after the event. But the terrorist attacks should have scotched once and for all the notion that insurance can de designed and sold on price alone.

"The best insurance is a combination of commercial acuity, actuarial perception, technical awareness, intuition and luck. Many underwriters and brokers make use of financial and actuarial consultancy to assess risk. Many don't. Today, those services are more valuable than at any time in history and the good news is that software tools today facilitate the ability to analyze data in ways that were simply not feasible in the past.

"Underwriting in ignorance of the true nature of risk and of potential and aggregate liabilities can no longer be considered a viable option. The buyers of insurance will have to accept that there may be a higher price to pay for this in terms of risk analysis. "

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