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Nephila Capital selects AIR Worldwide’s Touchstone for risk analytics


Nephila Capital, the largest investment fund manager in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) and reinsurance-linked investment space, has selected risk modeller AIR Worldwide’s Touchstone platform for access to detailed risk analytics.

“We’re expanding our long-standing relationship with AIR in light of their proven ability to deliver scientifically advanced catastrophe models combined with cutting-edge technology – a platform that supports our growing operations,” commented Simon Storey, chief technology officer, Nephila.

As the largest investment manager focused on catastrophe reinsurance and weather risk linked investments, Nephila Capital requires access to robust sources of analytics and modelling technology and data, in order to enhance its ability to analyse and price transactions and to manage its portfolios of insurance-linked investments.

“The instruments in which we invest have evolved and broadened over time, along with investors’ risk appetite. We currently manage multiple investment vehicles for sophisticated institutional investors, and Touchstone allows us to perform detailed loss analysis of those exposures,” Storey added.

“We’re pleased that Nephila is expanding their relationship with AIR as they continue to perform more detailed analytics globally,” Bill Churney, chief operating officer at AIR Worldwide said. “We offer companies like Nephila robust tools and the latest data to assess the risk associated with the widest range of financial instruments more easily and accurately. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with them by delivering the most comprehensive catastrophe modeling solution on the market.”

On top of pure catastrophe loss analytics and insight, Nephila is also licensing the Touchstone platform’s data quality tools, hazard analytics, and geospatial module, which will offer the ILS manager rich GIS visualizations of hazard, exposure, and loss.

Nephila is also known to put significant effort into creating its own tools to analyse risk and manage its portfolios. Given the size of the ILS manager, technology is vital to Nephila’s ability to enhance its performance. In future, the use of technology and risk modelling tools, as well as ILS managers ability to develop their own views of risk, will become increasingly vital if they are to outperform their peers.

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