We’re starting the New Year off with our regular Monday run-down of the most read news stories on Artemis.bm of the last week. We’d like to wish all our readers a Happy New Year and look forward to continuing to bring you the widest range of news & insight on the alternative risk & reinsurance, catastrophe bond, insurance-linked security, longevity risk transfer and weather risk management sectors.
Top ten most viewed articles on Artemis.bm, week ending 1st January 2012:
- Vecta I Ltd. embedded value life insurance securitization completes at C$120m
The first EV life insurance securitization since 2007 successfully completes securing Aurigen Re a mechanism to realise future value from their life reinsurance portfolio and hedge mortality and policy lapse risks.
- Argo Re issues $100m Loma Reinsurance Ltd. Series 2011-2 cat bond
Argo Re returns to the catastrophe bond market for the second time in 2011 with another Loma Reinsurance deal securing themselves another multi-year source of multi-peril collateralized reinsurance cover.
- Credit Agricole & Swiss Re participate in first Canadian life insurance securitization, Vecta I Ltd.
Two participants in the Vecta I life securitization released announcements about their involvement in the deal.
- 2011 catastrophe bond issuance volume “quite exceptional”, says Clariden Leu
Investment manager and private bank Clariden Leu say that cat bond issuance has been exceptional given the various disasters and issues which impacted deal flow throughout 2011.
- Amlin statement on the completion of Tramline Re cat bond
Amlin issue an announcement about the completion of their first cat bond, Tramline Re.
- Oregon Investment Council commit $100m to Nephila funds
The OIC are committing $100m of pension fund money to be invested in Nephila Capital’s reinsurance-linked investment funds.
- Catastrophe bond market still largely dominated by U.S. hurricane risk
The hurricane heavy nature of the cat bond market continues, although there are signs that it is becoming more balanced again.
- Asia Pacific accounts for over two-thirds of 2011 insured catastrophe losses
The Asia Pacific region accounts for the bulk of 2011 insured catastrophe losses, a trend which is likely to continue as insurance penetration increases.
- 2011 natural catastrophes and man-made disasters to cost insurers $108 billion
Re/insurers face a bill of $108 billion for natural and man-made disasters which occurred during 2011.
- Insurance-linked securities investor base becoming more diverse
The ILS investor base is beginning to become more diverse, although dedicated ILS fund managers remain the favoured way for investors to access the market.