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Best of Artemis, week ending 26th January 2014


Here are the ten most popular news articles, week ending 26th January 2014, on catastrophe bonds, reinsurance capital and related risk transfer topics, from the last seven days on Artemis. To ensure you never miss a thing  subscribe to the weekly Artemis email newsletter updates.

Top ten most viewed articles on, week ending 26th January 2014:

  1. Competition, soft pricing in reinsurance to pressure ratings: S&P
    Rating agency Standard & Poor’s has come out with its strongest worded statement  to date on the rating outlook for the global reinsurance market, saying that increased competition and soft reinsurance pricing could lead to rating pressure for reinsurers.
  2. UNISDR, Munich Re, Willis Re team up on Philippines parametric cover
    A new parametric insurance facility has been proposed by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), with assistance from the world’s largest reinsurer Munich Re and reinsurance broker Willis Re.
  3. AQR Re Management launches new catastrophe reinsurance fund, grows assets
    AQR Re Management, Ltd., an affiliate of global investments firm AQR Capital Management, LLC, has launched a new catastrophe reinsurance fund and grown its reinsurance-linked assets under management at the beginning of the year.
  4. Tokio Millennium Re sponsors Omamori private catastrophe bond
    Global reinsurance firm Tokio Millennium Re AG has sponsored its first catastrophe bond, with the successful placement of a $25m private deal, named Omamori, through Tokio Solution Management Ltd‘s private cat bond platform Tokio Tensai™.
  5. After busy 2013, ILS market sweet spot expected to broaden: Munich Re
    2013 was the most active year ever for issuance of insurance-linked securities (ILS) and catastrophe bonds. After a busy year, with spreads down, the ILS market is expected to broaden its sweet spot in 2014, according to Munich Re.
  6. Much of the new reinsurance capital will be permanent: Blackrock
    Much of the new, or alternative, capital, which has flowed into the reinsurance market in recent years, will prove permanent in the face of major catastrophe losses, according to the world’s largest asset management firm Blackrock.
  7. Kinesis deploys over $250m into collateralised reinsurance at renewals
    Kinesis Capital Management, the third-party capital management unit of global provider of specialty insurance and reinsurance products Lancashire Holdings, has underwritten over $250m of fully collateralised reinsurance contracts at the January renewals.
  8. 2013 saw structural innovation in ILS, increased investor expertise: Swiss Re
    In 2013 the insurance-linked securities market saw its second highest level of issuance on record. Assisting the ILS markets growth is continued structural innovation and an increasingly sophisticated investor base, according to global reinsurance firm Swiss Re.
  9. Investors increasingly drawn to cat bonds & ILS: S&P roundtable
    In a roundtable discussion held recently by Standard & Poor’s the participants, from the reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) space, said that investors have increasingly been drawn to catastrophe bonds and ILS, helping issuance to boom.
  10. AXIS CEO Albert Benchimol on alternative reinsurance capital
    Ratings agency A.M. Best recently interviewed AXIS Capital CEO Albert Benchimol for its A.M. Best TV channel. Benchimol inevitably discussed alternative reinsurance capital and said that AXIS feels well positioned to succeed in that space.

This is by no means every article published on Artemis during the last week, just the most popular, some of which were published more than a week ago. There were 23 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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