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Realistic reinsurance RoE’s fall to 4.5%, challenges to continue: Willis Re

The realistic or underlying return on equity (RoE) of a group of reinsurance firms tracked by Willis Re fell to 4.5% in the first-half of 2016, as higher natural catastrophe losses and ongoing competitive threats continue to erode reinsurer profits.Global reinsurance broking firm Willis Re, the reinsurance focused arm of read the full article →

On spending your way out of a soft re/insurance market

The results of many of the insurance and reinsurance industries leading players, over the first-half of 2016, show that one response to a challenging, competitive and softening market, is to try to spend your way out of it.Expense ratios are clearly on the rise among the majority of re/insurers, with read the full article →

Realistic reinsurance RoE’s down to 3.4%, expenses up: Willis Re

Based on a more typical catastrophe loss year reinsurers aggregate RoE for the full-year 2015 would decline to 3.4%, says Willis Re. Suggesting reduced profitability that leaves little room for firms’ to outmanoeuvre the persistent headwinds challenging the reinsurance sector.Companies within the Willis Reinsurance Index that provided catastrophe loss and read the full article →

Reinsurer returns on equity more realistic at 5.9%: Willis Re

The return on equity figures that reinsurance firm's have been reporting recently have been artificially boosted by low levels of catastrophe losses as well as positive prior year reserve releases, according to a new report from broker Willis Re.Underlying returns on equity (RoE) are in reality much lower than the read the full article →

ILS rates ‘plunge to new lows’, soft market prevails: Lane Financial

The pace of decline shown by insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bond premiums or rates has accelerated through the third-quarter of 2014, plunging to new lows, according to the latest analysis from ILS consultancy Lane Financial LLC.Lane Financial's synthetic rate-on-line index, which uses data from both the ILS and ILW markets read the full article →

ILS and catastrophe bond rate decline continues to slow: Lane Financial

The pace of decline shown by insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bond premiums or rates has continued to slow down in the first-quarter of 2014, according to the latest analysis from ILS consultancy Lane Financial LLC.This continued the trend witnessed in the final quarter of 2013, when Lane Financial reported that read the full article →

The catastrophe bond yield advantage

The return advantage provided by an investment in catastrophe bonds, over an investment in other forms of yielding debt instrument, has narrowed over the last two years, largely due to pricing pressure lowering yields on cat bonds more quickly.Reinsurance firm Munich Re shared a very interesting chart in its latest read the full article →

Speed of ILS and cat bond rate decline slowed in Q4 2013

The speed of insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bond rate declines slowed in the fourth-quarter of 2013, but still rates dropped to their lowest level since before hurricane Katrina struck, according to data from ILS consultancy Lane Financial LLC.This measurement of ILS and cat bond market rates and their trajectory is read the full article →

Despite soft market, 2013 ILS insurance returns second best on record

Despite the distinctly soft insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bond market, with prices having declined by as much as 40% on comparable issues in the last year, the insurance return from an ILS portfolio hit the second highest level ever in 2013.The data showing this perhaps surprising feature of the ILS read the full article →

Catastrophe bond markets total return 11% in 2013

The total return of the outstanding catastrophe bond market in 2013 has beaten the long-term average for the second year running, with the 2013 total return reaching a very healthy 10.9%, as measured by the Swiss Re Global Cat Bond Performance Total Return index.The 2013 total return of the catastrophe read the full article →