ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY Matthew Blackett & Coventry University HERE Europe isn’t a region well known for intense seismic activity, but large earthquakes do happen. In 1953, a devastating 6.8 magnitude quake struck the Greek Ionian Islands. Though these large events tend to be the exception rather than the rule, a flurry of significant earthquakes struck the Balkans on November […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE A recent survey of 200 Chief Investment Officers (CIO’s) and investment team members from the life, property and casualty, insurance and reinsurance sector found that 18% of respondents are already holding some insurance-linked securities (ILS) within their investment portfolios. The survey undertaken by Natixis looked at what is driving insurance and […]

Bermuda reinsurance profits rise, alternative capital helping on cat exposure: Fitch

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FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Reinsurance companies in Bermuda have been more profitable over the last couple of years, with a return to underwriting profit in 2018 while net income improved moderately, despite above average catastrophe losses. This is currently set to continue in 2019 as well, according to a report from Fitch Ratings, who sees […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE With the growing use of data analytics in the digital age, the use of insurance products such as parametric insurance, is starting to grow around the world. And with the effects of climate change now a reality such policy options are becoming more attractive to people internationally in a wide range of sectors, from construction […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The Great Stone industrial park outside Minsk currently feels like an empty monument to political ambition, but with increased involvement from Chinese investors and Beijing’s backing it still has potential.  Flags branded with the China Merchants Group logo flutter along wide, empty roads as we make our way from the administrative headquarters […]

Alternative capital growth to “regain momentum”, reaches $97bn in 2018: Aon

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ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Alternative sources of reinsurance capital, deployed into catastrophe bonds as well as through ILS funds and other collateralized vehicles, grew by a slower 9% to $97 billion in 2018, but is expected to “regain momentum” in the coming months, according to Aon. Alternative reinsurance capital had been rising by more than 10% […]

Alternative capital now 4% of $2 trillion non-life insurance market: Swiss Re

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ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Alternative sources of capital now contributes at least 4% of the global non-life insurance and reinsurance market’s roughly U.S. $2 trillion capital base, according to Swiss Re. The reinsurance firm puts the overall non-life global insurance capital base at $2 trillion, 80% (or $1.6 trillion) of which comes from primary insurers, 16% […]

ILS could be attractive to $1 trillion alternatives “dry powder”

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ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Alternative investment managers and funds are sitting on approximately $1 trillion of undeployed capital or “dry powder” and with few other attractive opportunities available, insurance and reinsurance linked investing has been cited as one of the more attractive asset classes. Alternative asset managers face a challenge currently as their investors want to […]

More disciplined, cautious, or just smarter reinsurance capital in 2019?

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ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The annual Association of Insurance and Financial Analysts (AIFA) conference was held at the start of this month and insurance and reinsurance executives debated the influence of alternative capital and ILS, while analysts questioned whether it’s more disciplined and cautious, or if reinsurance capital as a whole is becoming smarter this year. […]