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Education, liquidity, more perils to drive retail investor interest in ILS: SIFMA

Greater education around the insurance-linked securities (ILS) asset class, coupled with the development of a secondary market and the expansion into new perils, will help make ILS fund participation more attractive for sophisticated retail investors, according to industry experts. While institutional investors such as pension funds are a dominant force in read the full article →

Brookfield Asset Management gets rating for Cayman reinsurer North End Re

Brookfield Asset Management Inc., the giant Canadian headquartered alternative asset manager that has around $575 billion of assets under management, continues to expand its reinsurance operations with a rating from AM Best now secured for its Cayman Islands based reinsurer North End Re (Cayman) SPC. Brookfield Asset Management became the latest read the full article →

German institutional investors to allocate more to ILS in 2021: Survey

Institutional investors in Germany are expected to expand on allocations to asset classes that exhibit lower levels of correlation to financial markets, such as alternatives and other credit specialties, including insurance-linked securities (ILS), a survey found. In its annual investor survey, the Bundesverband Alternative Investments e.V. (BAI), Germany's association for the read the full article →

Institutional investors have “pent-up demand” for alternatives: Eaton Partners

A survey of institutional investors by Eaton Partners found that the majority are looking to increase their allocations to private capital market type asset classes in 2021, citing "pent-up demand" among investors but also a desire to seek out asset managers with strong track-records. Institutional investors are going to be looking read the full article →

Brookfield Asset Management launches reinsurer targeting annuity premium float

Brookfield Asset Management Inc., the giant Canadian headquartered alternative asset manager that has around $575 billion of assets under management, is expanding in the reinsurance space with an annuities strategy through which it expects to secure up to $10 billion of additional float at the start. Brookfield is just the latest read the full article →

SEC director calls for greater retail investor access to private markets

A senior director of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has called for main street, or retail, investors to be given greater access to private market asset classes, to enhance the return profile of their pension portfolios. Dalia Blass, a Director of the SEC's Division of Investment Management, discussed read the full article →

Swiss pensions could allocate more to ILS, as infrastructure split from alts

Swiss pension funds, or Pensionskassen as they are known, could now allocate a greater percentage of their capital to insurance-linked securities (ILS), if they wanted to, as infrastructure investments have been carved out of the alternatives bucket. In the past, Swiss pensions were only allowed to allocate up to 15% of read the full article →

Niche hedge fund strategies (like ILS) the only ones to record Q1 inflows

Hedge funds suffered in the first-quarter of 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic drove billions of losses and also pushed investors to seek redemptions, resulting in a significant dip in hedge fund assets under management during the period. It's no surprise, given the significant volatility experienced through March in particular, as the read the full article →

Uncorrelated returns, long-term impact remain focus for LP’s: Eaton Partners

Institutional investors surveyed by Eaton Partners remain focused on finding sources of relatively uncorrelated return from their alternative and private market investments, while the majority intend to stay with their allocations to alternative investments, citing a long-term focus. The long-term portfolio impact of an asset class remains key rather for limited read the full article →

Diversification still key driver for alternatives investing, appetites growing

Investors seeking diversified sources of return, particularly with little correlation to broader financial market factors, remain key drivers of allocations to the alternative asset classes of the world and appetite for these assets continues to grow. Data from alternative investment specialist information service provider Preqin shows that investors allocating to alternatives read the full article →