Falling gov bond yields make ILS an even more valuable diversifier: Schroders

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FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The value of insurance-linked securities (ILS) as a diversification play within asset portfolios is now even higher, as falling government bond yields have made other diversifiers less attractive at a time when ILS is only increasing its value proposition to investors. This is according to Stephan Ruoff, Head of specialist insurance-linked […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Alphabet, Inc., the holding company for Google and its many units, has entered the catastrophe bond market for the first time, as the technology giant seeks $237.5 million of earthquake insurance protection that will be fully collateralized through the issuance of a Phoenician Re Ltd. (Series 2020-1)  cat bond transaction to capital […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE. INTELLIGENT INSURER OWN WEBSITE PUBLICATION HERE The countries of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are largely unsupported by insurance and would benefit from the introduction of insurance-linked securities (ILS) into the region, according to Kirill Savrassov, chief executive of Phoenix CRetro. Speaking in an Intelligent Insurer Re/insurance Lounge webinar titled “New […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE One of the side-effects of the Covid-19 crisis has been an increased interest in ESG investing by UK investors, a recent Aviva survey reveals. ESG – Environmental, Social and Governance – is now the commonly-used term to describe the three main factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impact of a company […]

ESG fund assets forecast for explosive growth, a huge ILS opportunity

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FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The rapid growth of ESG (environmental, social, governance) appropriate investment products is set to create a “paradigm shift” in investment markets, which could lead to more than 50% of European mutual fund assets invested in ESG funds as soon as 2025, according to PwC. In a recent report PwC highlights the […]

Cat bond activity to pick up, issuance conditions attractive: GC’s Des Potter

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FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Cat bonds are set to buck the trend elsewhere in the ILS market, with a strong issuance pipeline for Q4 2020 and Q1 2021. This is according to Des Potter, managing director ILS origination and structuring at GC Securities, part of Guy Carpenter, in an interview with Artemis. Encouraged by the […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE. INTELLIGENT INSURER OWN WEBSITE PUBLICATION HERE As an asset class that is uncorrelated with financial markets, provides environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) advantages and offers good returns in the current low interest environment, insurance-linked securities (ILS) are becoming increasingly attractive, Kirill Savrassov, an ILS and sovereign risk transfer specialist, told Baden-Baden […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE. HARD PAPER VERSION HERE There is something magical about the word bonds as it is closely linked with all facets of our life. But in the world of business, bonds are financial instruments that are used by governments and institutions to tide over funding difficulties in times of stress. And at no […]