ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE In 2018 when global investors suffered as markets fell and equities in many cases failed to perform, investments in some asset classes that had been promoted as diversifying failed to deliver on their promise, Natixis Investment Managers said. The decline in global equity markets contributed roughly two-thirds of the losses investors saw […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Around the January reinsurance renewals this year there was a lot of talk regarding brokers and ceding companies pushing insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds to agree to more stringent terms related to collateral release and rollover. But it seems, while this was relatively widely seen, especially in the reinsurance sidecar market, some ILS […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Specialty insurer and reinsurer Brit has plans to increase its managed capacity and has ambitious growth plans for its range of insurance-linked securities (ILS) vehicles, according to Jon Sullivan, the firm’s Deputy Global Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO). In recent times and despite a more difficult environment, global specialty re/insurer Brit has continued […]

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 Bermudian insurance and reinsurance firm Arch Capital is said to be targeting the launch of a fronting for ILS business, to replace the perceived gap left behind by the exit of Tokio Millennium Re from this space, we’re told. The acquisition of Tokio Millennium Re by Bermudian reinsurer RenaissanceRe has left a gap in […]

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 government of Hong Kong included insurance-linked securities (ILS) in its budget this week, demonstrating the level of importance being placed on developing appropriate legislation in the Special Administrative Region of China. Hong Kong began planning for the development of legislation to allow for the establishment of reinsurance related special purpose vehicles for […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Singapore’s first insurance-linked securities transaction (ILS) has been finalised, according to law firm Rajah & Tann Singapore which acted as Singapore counsel to the transaction. The ILS comprises a catastrophe bond sponsored by Insurance Australia Group. The bond is the first Australian dollar-denominated catastrophe bond in the global market and a A$75m […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The successful issuance of the AUD $75 million Orchard ILS Pte Ltd catastrophe bond, the first for sponsoring insurer Insurance Australia Group (IAG) and the first cat bond to be issued in Singapore, took only a few weeks, according to a lawyer who worked on the transaction. The issuance of the Orchard ILS Pte […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Reinsurance firm and third-party capital manager RenaissanceRe grew its insurance-linked securities (ILS) assets under management (AuM) by $500 million in 2018, with much of the increase coming from its recently launched Vermeer Reinsurance Ltd. strategy as well as growth in its Upsilon vehicle. In line with analysts’ expectations, RenRe increased its third-party, […]