Insurance is absorbing only a fraction of the economic impacts of terrorist attacks

24 March 2016

  • JLT RE AND JLT SPECIALTY RELEASE JOINT VIEWPOINT REPORT – RISING TO THE NEW TERROR CHALLENGE
  • TRADITONAL TERRORISM POLICIES ARE NOT MEETING THE CHALLENGES POSED BY TODAY'S EVOLVING THREAT

JLT Re and JLT Specialty Limited (JLT) have today launched a new Viewpoint Report - Rising to the new terror challenge, a detailed look at the evolving terrorist threat and the implications on terror (re)insurance cover.

Commenting on the report, Chris Holt, Head of Credit, Political & Security Risk Consulting, JLT Specialty, said, "Terrorism has evolved into a more complex threat for businesses and insurers, with both attacks and fatalities seeing steep increases since 20111".

"But this isn’t just about an increase in activity. The rise of Islamic extremism, combined with the potential access to weapons, explosives and toxic materials, comes at a time when modern communications and technologies are being exploited by groups as recruitment tools, communication channels and potential attack vectors. This means today's terrorist threat is more dynamic with impacts that are difficult to accurately predict".

Following a series of devastating bombings and shootings around the world in recent months, including the attacks in Brussels this week, the likelihood of a major terrorist attack is set to remain high, according to the report.

Paul Upton, Partner, Marine, Energy & Political Risk, JLT Re, said, "Clearly all of this has implications on the provision of terror (re)insurance cover. The market has been slow to respond and the fallout from several recent attacks has reinforced the need for new products. We are working with a number of market participants to deliver new and innovative products in this area. This can be done through the development of holistic solutions or, what is more likely in the short term, a suite of products that plug existing gaps2".

JLT Re Viewpoint - Rising to the new terror challenge

Notes:

1. Global Terrorist Attacks and Fatalities 2000 – 2014 (Global Terrorism Database)

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Viewpoint Reports

JLT Re Viewpoint is JLT Re’s regular series of reports that comment on or give insight into key topics, occurrences or changes in the (re)insurance and broking market place. On this report JLT Re has collaborated with JLT Specialty Limited to leverage the experience and specialty expertise of both organisations in this area.

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