Q4 2018 Report – Mortgage insurance risk dominates, as cat risk issuance shrinks

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This report reviews the catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities (ILS) market at the end of the fourth-quarter of 2018, looking at new risk capital issued and the composition of transactions completed.

Issuance during the fourth-quarter of 2018 reached $1.94 billion, which is slightly below the long-term average for the period. The period was dominated by mortgage ILS issuance, which accounted for 68% of the total. At the end of 2018, the outstanding catastrophe bond and ILS market volume reached a new high, helped by a record $13.8 billion of full-year issuance.

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