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ILS and cat bond investors. Yield hungry? Or seeking asset qualities?

For many investors a high return is not the only reason for looking at alternative asset classes and hedge funds. Research shows many only seek a 4% to 6% return, information that will comfort the insurance linked investment market at a time of softer prices.Catastrophe bond yields and broader reinsurance read the full article →

Reinsurance as an alternative continues to appeal to multi-asset funds

The appeal of reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) as an alternative asset class continues to grow among multi-asset fund managers. These funds provide diversified ways to invest across multiple asset classes, and reinsurance is increasingly popular due to its low-correlation.This article in Money Marketing highlights an investment manager from the read the full article →

Catastrophe bonds among top performing assets since Lehman bankruptcy

Five years on from one of the largest financial firm failures ever, the bankruptcy and collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers, many global financial assets have struggled to provide attractive returns as the world's economies struggled to recover, with some being hit by multiple recessions.The last five years, since the read the full article →

DCG Iris insurance-linked securities fund adds over £9m in latest share placement

The DCG Iris insurance-linked securities fund has issued 9,174,000 new Sterling Shares at a price of 101.12 pence per share as it closes its latest round of fund-raising which we had written was underway in April. The additional shares grow the fund, which is managed by Dexion Capital as a feeder fund read the full article →

DCG Iris ILS fund aiming to close next capital raise in late May

The DCG Iris insurance-linked securities fund, a London Stock Exchange listed closed end ILS investment fund operated by investment manager Dexion Capital, is actively raising more capital and aiming to close another placement of new shares in the fund by late May. DCG Iris has been raising new capital as read the full article →

Recent returns suggest DCG Iris ILS investment fund is on track

The DCG Iris insurance-linked securities fund, a London Stock Exchange listed closed end ILS investment fund operated by investment manager Dexion Capital, has released some figures on its progress in recent months. The fund launched in June 2012, raising just over $40m to begin with and followed that by adding read the full article →

Premier Fund Managers increases stake in DCG Iris ILS fund

Last month we wrote about another of the UK’s independent asset managers which had increased its allocation to reinsurance and catastrophe risk through one of the ILS and reinsurance funds we cover regularly here on Artemis. Premier Fund Managers, a UK investment manager offering a range of fund based investments read the full article →

Another independent UK asset manager grows allocation to catastrophe reinsurance

Another of the UK's independent asset managers has followed a trend which is emerging where some independent investment houses increase their allocations to reinsurance and catastrophe risk through some of the ILS and reinsurance funds we cover here on Artemis. This time around the asset manager in question is Premier read the full article →

F&C Asset Management now holds over 15% of Blue Capital Global Reinsurance Fund

Here's some more evidence which shows the appetite that large independent investment managers have for reinsurance as an asset class right now. F&C Asset Management, a London Stock Exchange listed investment house, has increased its allocation to the Montpelier Re backed Blue Capital Global Reinsurance Fund to now hold just read the full article →

Baillie Gifford takes 10% of Blue Capital Global Reinsurance Fund

Investment manager Baillie Gifford, who are headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, are one of the many asset managers who have allocated capital to the reinsurance-linked investment space. Demonstrating that reinsurance and catastrophe risk is currently an attractive addition to their broad portfolios, Baillie Gifford have taken 10% of the shares from read the full article →