Diversification opportunities required in catastrophe bond market, says Willis

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The July renewals edition of Willis GroupsWillis Re 1st View – Running on Empty‘ report hints at what is a growing problem for insurance-linked security and catastrophe bond investors. The regular look at the state of the reinsurance market post-renewals always contains some insight Willis has gleaned from its activities in the ILS market.

They’ve noticed that there has been a glut of U.S. wind risk issued to the market and this has been soaked up by investors to the point where they are now really in need of opportunities to diversify their risk portfolio into other geographic areas and perils. Investors are still very keen to invest in catastrophe bonds but U.S. windstorm risk prices appear to have levelled off.

Willis say that downward pressure on pricing for non-U.S. wind risk cat bonds could help to encourage sponsors and result in more of these types of deals coming to market later in the year.

You can read the press release and download the report from Willis here.

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