ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Privately placed catastrophe bond transactions, also known as cat bond lites, have grown both in terms of size and utilisation since their introduction to the market back in 2011, with almost $2 billion of new risk capital issued over the last two years being privately placed. This is according to data from […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Despite a multitude of other catastrophes in 2018, the single biggest loss event for reinsurers was so-called loss creep from 2017’s Hurricane Irma. Dirk Lohmann of Schroders examines what went wrong and what the industry must learn. If there were two words to describe an investor’s perception of one of the key […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The insurance sector will remain attractive to investors in the first half of 2019, and there are “clear signs of momentum” in how natural catastrophe risk is priced in the equity and ILS markets in the wake of two recent heavy loss years, according to insurance investment manager Twelve Capital. In Twelve […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Catastrophe bonds are likely to remain a very attractive option for alternative investing and also as a risk transfer tool, perhaps becoming more so in the wake of the last two years of losses and the resulting market shake-out. Catastrophe bonds have not gone away, despite becoming the smaller component of the […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The insurance-linked securities (ILS) market will never completely oust traditional reinsurance business models, according to Denis Kessler, the Chairman and CEO of French reinsurer SCOR, but he does believe ILS has cemented its role as a complementary source of risk capital. Speaking at a Standard & Poor’s conference in London towards the […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Sea level rise over the 21st century will not be as severe as many climate models have predicted and should not present a major issue for re/insurers provided it is managed appropriately, according to Dr. Judith Curry, President of Climate Forecast Applications Network and Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology. Curry acknowledged that […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Longer-term investors in insurance-linked securities (ILS) and reinsurance linked assets are expected to remain committed to the sector despite the impact of losses over the last two years, with a resumption of ILS market growth anticipated once recent losses have been digested. Reporting in its latest Reinsurance Market Outlook, Aon highlights the […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Alternative reinsurance and retrocession capacity from the insurance-linked securities (ILS) and related collateralized markets is estimated to have remained flat at $91 billion at the end of 2018, while traditional reinsurance capacity rose slightly. Broker JLT Re made an early estimate that overall dedicated reinsurance sector capital grew by 0.6% to $348 […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE One of the dynamics that has played out at this January reinsurance renewals is a shift by some of the leading ILS funds to place an increasing emphasis on their preferred or best performing cedants. After the significant losses of the last two years there is increasingly an awareness that just backing […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The Lane Financial LLC synthetic insurance-linked securities (ILS) rate-on-line index rose 15% during the final quarter of the year as ILS rates look to have entered hard market territory, while its analysis indicates ILS rates could rise up to 20%. Based on ILS and catastrophe bond market pricing as of mid-December, the […]