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Pioneer hires Sharpington from BMS for property cat underwriting

Underwriting agency Pioneer Underwriting has hired James Sharpington, formerly of broker BMS, as an Underwriter for its Pioneer CAT property catastrophe team, effective July 2018.The Pioneer CAT team was launched as a new business unit focusing on property catastrophe reinsurance underwriting and while originally aiming to be backed largely by institutional read the full article →

Pension funds fueling demand for catastrophe bonds

The increasing interest that pension funds around the world are showing in the catastrophe bond and insurance-linked security assets classes will be nothing new to our readers. It's been widely accepted that much of the capital flowing into the insurance-linked and reinsurance-linked investment space (including catastrophe bonds) has been sourced read the full article →

Institutional investors still need educating on catastrophe bonds

The recently published report on Insurance Linked Securities (ILS) by independent publisher Clear Path Analysis contains a roundtable interview which involves two representatives of pension funds who don't currently invest in catastrophe bonds or insurance-linked securities and asks them what they think of the asset class. Their comments suggest that read the full article →

Barclays Capital launches catastrophe bond issuance platform

Barclays Capital have today announced the launch of a program which aims to streamline issuance of catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities while also lowering transaction costs and barriers to entry for issuers. The platform, which is an extension of Barclays Capital's event-linked swaps business will seek to efficiently and cost-effectively read the full article →