It’s been another busy week for news in the catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities market. Thoughts at this time of year turn to the impending U.S. hurricane season and the mid-year renewals shortly after. No new cat bond deals began marketing in the last seven days, but investors continue to discuss what they see as a strong forward pipeline of deals. Here are the ten articles which received the most views during the last seven days on Artemis.
Top ten most viewed articles on Artemis.bm, week ending 15th April 2012:
- Major 8.7 earthquake strikes off Aceh in Indian Ocean, tsunami warning issued
Our regular readers will be aware that we try to keep them up to date if any major catastrophes around the world threaten the reinsurance or ILS market. While this event was not a threat to ILS as the largest ever recorded strike-slip earthquake it could have had a reinsurance impact. As it happened the event caused little damage but serves as a reminder of the ever-present threat to that part of the world from major quakes.
- Pension Corporation outsource their allocation to insurance-linked securities
Pension Corporate are a large manager of pension assets and liabilities and it’s no surprise to find they invest in insurance-linked securities but they outsource that to a specialist manager as part of their alternatives strategy.
- Q1 2012 catastrophe bond and ILS issuance hit $1.493 billion, over $2 billion year-to-date
Record catastrophe bond issuance makes Q1 2012 a record and takes total ILS issuance for the year to date above the $2 billion mark.
- Anchor Risk Advisors appoints BNP Paribas for insurance-linked securities fund administration
ILS investment manager Anchor Risk Advisors appoints BNP Paribas to administer their fund.
- Petra Haven Capital LLC aim to match investors needs with market opportunities
One of the new entrants to the ILS space is actively raising capital and provides some insight on their offering and what differentiates them in the space.
- Catastrophe bond risk capital outstanding up $1.1 billion at 31st March 2012
The overall size of the cat bond and ILS market, as defined by the amount of risk capital outstanding, grew by over $1 billion year-on-year.
- Catastrophe bond price return index resumes downward trend
Cat bond price returns continue to slide in the secondary market.
- Mayer Brown hires insurance-linked securities partner Stephen Rooney from Dewey & LeBoeuf
Stephen Rooney becomes one of the more high-profile departures from Dewey & LeBoeuf who have seen many of their ILS and cat bond transaction experienced partners depart the firm in recent weeks.
- Higher catastrophe bond spreads pressure secondary prices
Some insight into one of the contributing reasons for the slide in secondary cat bond prices.
- IMF highlights government and pension fund exposure to longevity risk, recommends hedging
The IMF says that longevity risk has the potential to rock governments and pension funds alike if the risk continues to be underestimated and isn’t addressed through risk transfer and mitigation.