19Jan09

Press release

Group

SCOR wins Risk Magazine’s “Insurance Risk Manager of the Year” award

The leading international financial risk publication “Risk Magazine” awarded SCOR with this year’s “Insurance Risk Manager of the Year” award for a proprietary software tool that SCOR has developed called “The Economic Scenario Generator (ESG)”. The award was bestowed on Dr Michel Dacorogna, Head of Group Financial Analysis and Risk Modelling at SCOR and project leader. The Risk Awards are designed to recognise best practice and innovation in the risk management on financial and derivatives markets.

The leading international financial risk publication “Risk Magazine” awarded SCOR with this year’s “Insurance Risk Manager of the Year” award for a proprietary software tool that SCOR has developed called “The Economic Scenario Generator (ESG)”. The award was bestowed on Dr Michel Dacorogna, Head of Group Financial Analysis and Risk Modelling at SCOR and project leader. The Risk Awards are designed to recognise best practice and innovation in the risk management on financial and derivatives markets.
 
The ESG is a software program that uses historical data of selected key variables for the most relevant economies in order to provide realistic economic risk scenarios and to determine how such economic risks could affect SCOR’s assets and liabilities. The variables applied are interest rates (full risk-free government-bond yield curves ranging from 3 month to 30 year maturities), inflation data, equity indices, exchange rates against the USD and gross domestic product figures for the most important currency zones. In addition, the following, especially-relevant factors for the SCOR portfolio are covered by the ESG: hedge fund index, real estate index, mortgage-backed security index.
 
By applying economic scenarios to SCOR’s investments, it is possible to properly assess the risks associated with a particular investment strategy and in particular the dependence between those risks. An Asset Liability Management (ALM) model incorporating the economic scenarios gives SCOR a complete picture of the risks taken and it enables the company to examine different investment strategies in order to find the optimum strategy within a predetermined risk framework.
 
SCOR Chairman and CEO Denis Kessler commented: "SCOR is very proud that its sound approach is recognized by Risk Magazine and the risk management community. It is a tribute to the fact that Entreprise Risk Management at SCOR is not simply a set of nice powerpoint presentations but is lived successfully through the hard times we are experiencing with appropriate tools like the ESG and prudent decisions. Group risk management, under the responsibility of Jean-Luc Besson, have developed impressive tools and processes to help us cope with the deep financial crisis."
 
Jean-Luc Besson, SCOR’s Chief Risk Officer commented: “SCOR is much honoured to receive this prestigious award as judged by an editorial panel of senior risk editors and staff writers. The SCOR Group congratulates the ESG team for this fabulous recognition. Economic risks are still frequently underestimated in our industry. SCOR has analysed of economic risks and how they can affect our balance sheet on the asset and liability side, which is a corner stone of our risk management.
 
Besides Dr Michel Dacorogna, the following team members have been involved in the development of the ESG: Dr Ulrich A. Müller, Senior Risk Consultant at SCOR, who designed the mathematics of the tool, Dr Roland Bürgi, business architect and senior risk consultant at SCOR, who designed and implemented the current version of the software, and Debora Iannuzzi, Risk Consultant, who has been using the ESG to help design a structured product to hedge SCOR’s interest rate risks and who has been a major driver in the software development. The IT team at SCOR Switzerland (Ake Wallin and Friedrich Schmückle) has also significantly contributed to the software development and the database establishment that runs in parallel.
 

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Ian Kelly

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