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Best of Artemis, week ending 24th March 2019


Here are the ten most popular news articles, week ending 24th March 2019, 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 or get our email alerts for every article we publish.

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Ten most viewed articles on, week ending 24th March 2019:

  1. Oxbridge Re’s reinsurance sidecar wiped out by wildfire losses
    The collateralized reinsurance sidecar vehicle of reinsurer Oxbridge Re Ltd. has been completely wiped out by catastrophe loss events from 2018, with the California wildfires tipping it over the edge.
  2. ILS “one of the most important strategic moves” ever for Markel
    Markel Corporation is “incredibly optimistic” about the potential for its insurance-linked securities (ILS) business to drive growth and profits for the firm.
  3. On third-party capital’s influence at upcoming Florida reinsurance renewals
    Despite the consecutive year’s of major catastrophe losses, the expectation is that third-party capital and ILS players will maintain their influence over Florida market reinsurance renewals in June.
  4. NFIP shift to risk based pricing a boon for private markets (and derisking)?
    Yesterday, a big change in the way risk is priced under the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was announced, with a shift to fully risk based pricing of flood insurance potentially set to be a driver of more flood risk into private reinsurance and risk markets.
  5. Some ILS funds improved their collateral terms at 1/1 renewals
    Around the January reinsurance renewals this year there was a lot of talk regarding brokers and ceding companies pushing insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds to agree to more stringent terms related to collateral release and rollover.
  6. Japanese wind & aggregates see biggest April renewal rate rises
    The April reinsurance renewals in Japan look set to deliver their largest rate increases to wind and aggregate layers of reinsurance towers, with severely loss impacted lower layers of programs seeing rises of 20% to 30%.
  7. FEMA seeks second NFIP flood cat bond with $300m FloodSmart Re 2019
    FEMA has returned to the capital markets and ILS investors with a $300 million FloodSmart Re Ltd. (Series 2019-1), seeking support for its second flood catastrophe bond to transfer risk from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  8. Artemis ILS NYC 2019 – post-conference report
    Download the Artemis ILS New York 2019 conference report, which provides insight into some of the debates that took place between speakers and attendees during Artemis’ third event in the city.
  9. True diversification matters in portfolio construction. ILS one of the best: Natixis
    In 2018 when global investors suffered as markets fell and equities in many cases failed to perform, investments in some asset classes that had been promoted as diversifying failed to deliver on their promise, Natixis Investment Managers said.
  10. Re/insurance still “fundamentally cyclical” – Lancashire CEO Maloney
    The insurance and reinsurance market remains “fundamentally cyclical” in nature and while price increases may not be as significant as a decade ago, Lancashire Holdings CEO Alex Maloney says rates have now lifted off the bottom of the cycle.

This is not every article published on Artemis during the last week, just the most popular, some of which were published over a week ago. There were 26 new articles published in the last week. To ensure you always stay up to date with Artemis and never miss a story subscribe to our weekly email newsletter which is delivered every Wednesday.

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