Catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities news

The latest catastrophe bond news from Artemis. Covering the intersection of reinsurance and risk capital markets in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector. A chronological archive of all our cat bond news stories. For the latest ILS market news and full coverage visit the homepage.


Huge catastrophes won’t drive capacity shortfall thanks to ILS: KBW

Thanks to the sophistication of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market and investors demonstrated resilience over recent loss-heavy years, analysts at KBW conclude that even huge catastrophe events won't drive a capacity shortfall in reinsurance any more. It's another of the interesting points from a recent report by KBW's analyst team led read the full article →

NFIP’s reinsurance & cat bonds on-watch following RMS estimate

A hurricane Ida industry loss estimate update from RMS has put the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) reinsurance counterparties and catastrophe bond investors on-watch for potential losses, as the estimate suggests the traditional reinsurance component at-least is likely to attach and face losses. Late yesterday, catastrophe risk modeller RMS updated its read the full article →

RMS lifts hurricane Ida estimate to $31bn – $44bn, adds northern flood losses

Catastrophe risk modelling firm RMS has now added a further $6 billion to $9 billion of insurance and reinsurance market losses to its industry estimate for recent hurricane Ida, adding the expected flood toll further north and taking the total estimate range to $31 billion to $44 billion. RMS' estimate is read the full article →

CEA’s risk transfer returns to $9.6bn. Short-term future needs less certain

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) increased the size of its reinsurance and catastrophe bond risk transfer program by around 4.4% as of the end of July 2021, to reach almost $9.6 billion, but in the short-term future growth of the program seems less certain due to rising exposure and the read the full article →

FEMA starts January 2022 NFIP flood reinsurance renewal process

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is back in the reinsurance market, beginning the process towards a January 2022 renewal of the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) traditional reinsurance program, alongside which is expected to be a new catastrophe bond as well. For 2022, our sources tell us that multi-year read the full article →

Rate hardening should persist at 1/1: Leadenhall CEO Albertini

Hurricane Ida "reminds us that the strength and trajectory is what is important when it comes to hurricanes" and that "there is always a lot to learn from every event". This is according to Luca Albertini, CEO of London-headquartered Leadenhall Capital Partners LLP, a subsidiary of MS Amlin. Speaking to Artemis read the full article →

Mutual ILS funds take Ida hit. Stone Ridge interval fund falls ~5%

The main mutual insurance-linked securities (ILS) and reinsurance linked mutual investment funds have experienced some declines in the wake of the recent landfall of major hurricane Ida. Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29th in Louisiana with major 150 mph winds. The storm devastated regions of the coast, impacted New Orleans read the full article →

Jamaica cat bond is largest World Bank issue relative to beneficiary GDP

Fitch Ratings has made an interesting observation related to the Jamaica’s first catastrophe bond, the $185 million IBRD CAR 130 transaction that came to market in July. It represents the largest World Bank facilitated cat bond, relative to the sponsor government's GDP. That's important as it shows a catastrophe bond that read the full article →

Swiss Re “very active” in creating new ILS products: Christian Mumenthaler, CEO

Global reinsurance firm Swiss Re is "very active" in creating new products for insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors, according to its CEO, who also sees the need for the capital markets to play a role in protecting against other risks that affect economies. In a recent Artemis Live video interview, Christian Mumenthaler, read the full article →

SCOR “kicked itself” for not renewing mortality bonds: CEO Rousseau

French reinsurance company SCOR "kicked itself" for not having renewed its mortality catastrophe bonds in the past, the firms new CEO Laurent Rousseau explained today. Laurent Rousseau was speaking during a virtual event organised by the organisers of the Rendez-Vous de Septembre (RVS) today, in which he discussed the pandemic and read the full article →