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2014

KCC White Paper - Managing Hurricane Risk with Characteristic Events (CEs)

KCC recently introduced a new loss estimation methodology called the Characteristic Event (CE) approach. In the CE approach, the hazard probabilities are quantified and then the losses are calculated for different return period events by landfall point. It's the flip side of the EP curve approach. The probabilities are based on the hazard versus the loss.

There are many advantages of the CE approach. While providing probability information, it also clearly identifies exposure concentrations and "hot spots" and provides transparent and intuitive information for decision makers, including boards and CEOs. The CEs stay the same from year to year, providing consistent metrics for measuring and monitoring risk over time. CEs are operational risk metrics that can be drilled down to individual policies for marginal impact analyses, pricing, and portfolio management.

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