Tokio Millennium Re to Use AIR’s U.S. Crop Model

August 5, 2008

AIR Worldwide Corporation announced that Bermuda-based reinsurer Tokio Millennium Re Ltd. has licensed the use of AIR’s Multiple Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) model for use in AIR’s CATRADER® system, which analyzes catastrophe reinsurance and insurance-linked securities.

“We have been using AIR’s scientifically-based MPCI model for the last two years on a service-basis,” explained David McComas, CCRA, Vice President, Risk Management & Modeling at Tokio Millennium Re. “Now that it is available in CATRADER, we can more efficiently integrate model results into our in-house workflow and combine the losses with the rest of our portfolio.”

AIR said its “MPCI model uses detailed weather observations over the course of past growing seasons along with the resulting crop yields to develop a current crop yield probability distribution for each modeled crop in each county, which is more accurate than other modeling approaches. For major crops in the U.S., the model generates a catalog of 10,000 potential year-end outcomes, including crop yields at county resolution and individual crop prices.

“The AIR crop event catalog captures the yield correlations between crops and between neighboring counties to capture the effects of widespread weather events, such as droughts. Crop insurance policy terms are applied to the modeled yield and price scenarios to quantify gross insured losses. The model also accounts for the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) provided by the U.S. Government to estimate retained losses for the crop insurer.”

Dr. Oscar Vergara, senior account executive at AIR Worldwide explained that the “model addresses significant weaknesses in traditional crop models. It accounts for the effect of weather, technology improvements, changes in the policy types and their market penetration, and changes in the SRA program to provide the most accurate probabilistic estimate of potential losses.”

Source: AIR Worldwide –

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