Global insurance and reinsurance firm Everest Re has lifted its targets for its latest catastrophe bond issuances, with the company now hoping to secure between $500 million and $800 million of retrocessional reinsurance from the Kilimanjaro Re III transactions.
The government of the Philippines continues to expand its natural catastrophe related insurance and risk transfer provisions, with the latest step being a roughly US $19.6 billion cover for certain state assets, for which it is now seeking private market reinsurance protection.
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Global reinsurance firm Swiss Re has finally achieved its long-held goal of freeing up some of its capital that was locked up in its closed life insurance book consolidator and is set to sell its ReAssure business to Phoenix Group.
Global reinsurance market conditions are said to be improving by rating agency A.M. Best, who maintains a stable outlook on the sector, but sees traditional reinsurance capital becoming increasingly dependent on third-party sources of capacity and ILS.
The African Risk Capacity (ARC) continues to work towards the implementation of its climate catastrophe bond backed Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), focusing on the development of a robust multi-hazard index that can be used to trigger the instruments.
Climate change adaptation projects and the need for them are rising up the agenda, as a recent surge in damages from severe weather and climate related catastrophe events concentrates the mind on the importance of investing in this area.
Investors in traditional reinsurance companies are anticipating that the end of year renewals will reveal a “reinsurance pricing story” and this has already been baked into share prices, meaning reinsurers that fail to hold out on rates could risk disappointing their shareholders.
Railway Pension Investments Limited (RPMI Railpen), the dedicated investment manager that looks after the pension fund for UK railway’s workers, has hired a sector specialist in insurance-linked securities (ILS) from Willis Towers Watson (WTW) as an investment manager.
The broad diversity within the insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund market became very apparent in October 2019, as the impacts of catastrophe losses from Hagibis drove the gap between best and worst performing ILS fund to almost 10%.
Markel CATCo Investment Management has added a new director to its stock exchange listed and in run-off retrocessional reinsurance focused investment strategy, the CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd.
There are fears in the market that typhoon Hagibis is going to end up repeating what was seen with last year’s typhoon Jebi, with loss creep emerging after the April reinsurance renewal again, potentially to the detriment of those hoping for significant rate increases.