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A.M.BestTV: Air Disasters, Fires, Outbreaks Raise Global Risks
[August 08, 2014]

A.M.BestTV: Air Disasters, Fires, Outbreaks Raise Global Risks

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This episode of A.M.BestTV examines how air disasters in Ukraine, Mali and Taiwan, and the Ebola outbreak in western Africa, are dominating risk concerns. Natural disasters include two major earthquakes in Central America and China, and raging wildfires in the western United States, which continue to take their toll. Meanwhile, the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) appoints 21 members from across all sectors of the insurance industry to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI), and new research from A.M. Best indicates specialty energy insurers continue to produce positive operating results.

In A.M. Best's Global Risk Roundup, Meg Green of A.M.BestTV commented that there were three airline disasters in July, with Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 being the worst. Green stated, "The Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-17 total insurance loss will be comprised of passenger liability and physical damage (hull coverage) to the aircraft." However, 2014 is not the worst year for airline fatalities. Looking over the last seven months it is one of the lowest, so far, according to Green, who cited statistics from the Flight Safety Foundation.

Concerning the appointment of the 21 members to the FACI board, FIO Director Michael McRaith said, "The committee members are recognized leaders and represent much of the vast diversity within the U.S. insurance sector. We are excited to receive the benefit of their expertise and perspective on the many important issues in which Treasury's Federal Insurance Office is involved."

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