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Jul 30, 2019

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


Today’s episode is featuring Sridhar Manyem, the Director of Industry Research and Analytics for AM Best the only global credit rating agency with a unique focus on the insurance industry. Sridhar is the Head of the Industry Research Team where his responsibilities include publishing AM Best’s perspectives of topical issues relating to the insurance industry, possible implications to AM Best’s credit ratings, and analytics for P/C, Life/Health, and reinsurance sectors. Prior to joining AM Best in 2017, he was at The World Bank as a Senior Credit Officer, responsible for implementing reinsurance credit risk framework at MIGA (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Association).


Justin and Sridhar will be discussing the ratings changes at AM Best and some of the recent reports they’ve published that will surely benefit listeners in the industry! They also discuss topics that will affect all RIMS members including coverage of the TRIA reauthorization; special reports on cannabis, cyber, and D&O; and how the ratings changes will impact the traditional risk management industry.


Key Takeaways:

[:13] About today’s episode with Sridhar Manyem.

[:27] About RIMS upcoming events!

[1:05] Justin welcomes Sridhar to the podcast!

[1:26] Sridhar talks about AM Best’s ratings changes.

[2:45] Sridhar explains what drove these ratings changes.

[7:40] How did Sridhar change the surveys to reflect companies’ innovations?

[10:49] How does Sridhar feel the ratings changes and curricula will impact traditional risk managers and the traditional risk management industry?

[12:28] TRIA is an important topic for RIMS members and the recent AM Best report covers the TRIA reauthorizations. Sridhar dives into this topic and explains the details of the report.

[15:10] Sridhar highlights some of the recent special reports AM Best has published.

[20:13] Sridhar gives his parting thoughts for this week’s episode!

[21:33] Justin thanks Sridhar for joining RIMScast today.

[21:48] What to follow-up with after listening to today’s episode.


Mentioned in this Episode:

AM Best

AM Best’s Special Report: “Cannabis: New Opportunities for Insurers, But with Burgeoning Risks”

AM Best’s Special Report: “Cyber Insurers Are Profitable Today, but Wary of Tomorrow’s Risks”

AM Best’s Special Report: “D&O: Is There Really Light at the End of the Tunnel?”

AM Best’s Special Report: “TRIPRA Expiration Raises Potential for Rating Downgrades for P/C Insurers”

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