Archive for November, 2015


Cat bonds possible for Federated National as reinsurance needs grow

As primary insurance group Federated National Holding Company (FNHC) finds it requires greater volumes of reinsurance capacity, to offset its growing book of premiums, the firm may consider the use of catastrophe bonds, according to the insurers CEO.Federated National (FedNat) operates two primary insurers from its Florida base, Federated National read the full article →

RAC Pension Scheme in $900m longevity swap to SCOR

The RAC (2003) Pension Scheme has entered into a longevity swap transaction which sees $900 million (£600m) of its longevity exposure transferred to French reinsurance firm SCOR SE, removing one-quarter of the pension schemes longevity risk.Hymans Robertson acted as lead advisor to the trustee of the RAC (2003) Pension Scheme read the full article →

Liquidity, transparency crucial to ILS market success: Philipp Kusche

In order to maintain, or increase the investor and capital base of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market, the transparency and liquidity of the 144A cat bond space is essential, according to Swiss Re Capital Markets Director of ILS, Philipp Kusche.The growing acceptance, understanding and ultimately utilisation of ILS capacity has read the full article →

Best of Artemis, week ending 29th November 2015

Here are the ten most popular news articles, week ending 29th November 2015, covering catastrophe bonds, ILS, reinsurance capital and related risk transfer topics. To ensure you never miss a thing subscribe to the weekly Artemis email newsletter updates.Top ten most viewed articles on, week ending 29th November 2015: Munich read the full article →

ILS to encompass a broader range of structures and assets: Experts

The global trend for growth of reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) is set to continue and intensify, as investors increasingly look to sit on both sides of the fence, leading experts to predict that new structures and new asset classes are on the ILS horizon.This is according to industry executives read the full article →

No one better to manage world’s risks than re/insurers: UN’s Figueres

There is "no one better able to help the world manage its risks" than the insurance and reinsurance industry (and we would venture the ILS market), according to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.Speaking during an event held by the French Federation of read the full article →

More companies should adopt a hybrid reinsurance model: McConachie

Market conditions see reinsurance firms struggle to generate desirable returns on the underwriting side of their balance sheets, leading Neil McConachie of Fidelis to ask why they aren’t writing less business and instead shifting capital to try to make a return on the investment side.“There’s always been two ways to read the full article →

Lloyd’s to pool $400m catastrophe capacity for developing economies

Eight Lloyd’s of London syndicates are teaming up to provide their specialist underwriting skills and $400 million of natural catastrophe insurance and reinsurance capacity to help developing economies build resilience to disaster, climate or weather risks.The eight Lloyd's syndicates aim to develop new solutions to combat underinsurance, help to fill read the full article →

European Commission finds Bermuda fully equivalent for Solvency II

The insurance and reinsurance industry has applauded the decision by the European Commission to find Bermuda and the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) to be fully equivalent under the Solvency II regulatory regime.Bermuda and Switzerland, both considered key hubs for insurance and reinsurance, as well as for the insurance-linked securities (ILS) read the full article →

S&P withdraws Ballantyne Re Reg XXX life securitization ratings

It's no surprise to read that Standard & Poor's has withdrawn the majority of the ratings it held on Scottish Re’s 2006 Ballantyne Re Plc Regulation XXX type life insurance-linked securities (ILS), as it no longer sees the market interest in maintaining the ratings.This is unsurprising since Scottish Re's life read the full article →