Best of Artemis, week ending 15th January 2012

by Artemis on January 16, 2012

2012 continues to be busy from an industry news point of view. Here’s your Monday morning chance to catch up on the top news you may have missed over the last seven days. The first catastrophe bonds of 2012 have begun marketing and there’s an interesting mix of deals coming to market. The longevity risk transfer market has been widely discussed following another major swap and longevity reinsurance transaction. We’ve also covered fundraising for an ILS fund, the retrocession market and Bermuda’s progress as an ILS hub.

Top ten most viewed articles on Artemis.bm, week ending 15th January 2012:

  1. Busy year for longevity risk transfer expected, says Aon Hewitt
    Aon Hewitt predicts a busy year for the longevity risk transfer market in 2012. This article also contains some details of the major longevity risk transfer transactions of the last few years.
  2. Three new catastrophe bonds begin marketing
    The first three new cat bonds of 2012 begin marketing. All from experienced sponsors and with a good mix of perils, geographies and triggers, these deals should please investors by giving them a good, early opportunity to deploy capital in 2012.
  3. S&P roundtable optimistic on catastrophe bond market for 2012
    Rating agency Standard & Poor’s held a roundtable with some industry experts looking at the future for the cat bond market in 2012.
  4. Hannover Re assumes £1 billion portfolio of longevity risk from Legal & General UK
    The German reinsurer assumes the longevity risk of around 11,500 pensioners in this longevity swap reinsurance transaction.
  5. Guy Carpenter anticipate significant cat bond and ILW growth in 2012
    Broker Guy Carpenter is positive on both the cat bond and ILW markets in 2012.
  6. Cat bond indices finish 2011 with an upward turn
    The Swiss Re cat bond indices make a slight upward turn at the end of 2011. We’ll see whether that trend continued into 2012 this week.
  7. Zenkyoren loss creep makes Muteki loss seem small by comparison
    The size of the total reinsurance loss attributable to the Zenkyoren insurance program makes the loss of the Muteki cat bond seem small and relatively insignificant. Zenkyoren’s loss estimates keep rising.
  8. Leadenhall jumps to over $500m assets under management
    London based ILS fund manager Leadenhall Capital have secured a new commitement of £200m which will be put into life insurance-linked investments.
  9. Bermuda Stock Exchange breaks record for insurance-linked securities listings
    The BSX has attracted more ILS business to the island during 2011 helping the to break their record for the volume of ILS listed on the exchange, taking it to over $3 billion.
  10. MSI GuaranteedWeather and HDI-Gerling partner on weather insurance for Germany
    A new weather insurance partnership will see weather linked insurance products sold in the German market.

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