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.


ILS fund return potential rising with reinsurance rates: Frontier Advisors

The forward-looking return potential of many insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund portfolios continued to rise over the last year and it's likely this has accelerated through January 2022, as price rises in reinsurance and retrocession boost no-loss and expected return metrics. Recent analysis undertaken by Frontier Advisors, an Australian independent investment consultant read the full article →

Catastrophe bonds increase in importance again: Fitch

Catastrophe bonds increased in importance for the global reinsurance industry again in 2021, Fitch Ratings has said, as the record levels of issuance seen helped to make cat bonds an even larger pool of risk capital supporting reinsurer businesses. Momentum in the catastrophe bond market continues to increase, Fitch said in read the full article →

Private ILS allow investors to harvest illiquidity premia: Ahmad, Schroders

For investors looking at insurance-linked securities (ILS), in order to gain the full diversifying benefits of an allocation to the asset class, it is important to look to the private ILS and collateralised reinsurance segment as well as catastrophe bonds, Zeba Ahmad, Alternatives Director at Schroders has said. While catastrophe bonds read the full article →

Re/insurance & ILS a “bright light” in Bermuda’s economy: Wightman, PwC

The insurance, reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector has been a "bright light" in Bermuda's economy, even through the challenging economic environment of the pandemic, according to Arthur Wightman, Territory leader, PwC Bermuda. Discussing the findings of PwC's latest Global CEO Survey, Wightman noted the importance of the re/insurance and ILS read the full article →

Arch targets up to $317m Bellemeade Re 2022-1 mortgage ILS issuance

Arch Capital is aiming to secure up to $317 million of mortgage reinsurance protection from its first insurance-linked securities (ILS) transaction of the year, by sponsoring a Bellemeade Re 2022-1 Ltd. mortgage insurance-linked notes issuance. There's some uncertainty over the eventual size of this transaction, according to our sources, but the read the full article →

Allstate reports $528m of Q4 catastrophe losses, $218m from Marshall Fire

US primary insurance carrier Allstate has reported its fourth-quarter 2021 catastrophe losses, revealing a total of $528 million, pre-tax, with relatively significant impacts experienced from December loss events, including Colorado's Marshall Fire. For just the month of December 2021, Allstate estimates its pre-tax catastrophe losses at $411 million, which would be read the full article →

TWIA opts for Aon for catastrophe modeling services

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) is now set to finally appoint insurance and reinsurance broker Aon to provide catastrophe risk modeling services, after the company was recommended by its Actuarial & Underwriting Committee after a second round of RFP's. TWIA had issued a request for proposals (RFP) for catastrophe modeling read the full article →

Twelve Capital gets strategic investment from Graubündner Kantonalbank

Twelve Capital Management, the Zurich-headquartered catastrophe bond, insurance-linked securities (ILS) and reinsurance linked investment fund manager, is taking a strategic investment from one of Switzerland's cantonal banks, Graubündner Kantonalbank. Graubündner Kantonalbank has agreed to acquire a 30% stake in the holding company of the specialist insurance and reinsurance focused investment firm, read the full article →

Cat bonds outperform many private ILS portfolios: Frontier Advisors

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) portfolios with predominantly catastrophe bond holdings have on average outperformed many mid- and higher-risk ILS fund strategies that contain private ILS transactions over recent years, according to analysis from Frontier Advisors. Catastrophe bonds typically provide reinsurance or retrocessional protection higher up in the risk tower, so are more read the full article →

Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) ILS & cat bond listings surpass $50bn

Record catastrophe bond and related insurance-linked securities (ILS) market issuance in 2021 has helped the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) to increase the value its listings of cat bond and ILS notes by 26% during the year. Thanks to another very active year and record issuance of catastrophe bonds in 2021, as read the full article →