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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 →

California Wildfire Fund balks at reinsurance pricing again

For the second year running the California Wildfire Fund has shied away from buying reinsurance or any form of risk transfer, saying that current market pricing means it isn't economically worthwhile to extend the Fund's durability. However, importantly, the California Wildfire Fund acknowledges that risk transfer remains in its sights, saying read the full article →

CEA targets record risk transfer in 2021, but cites rising reinsurance costs

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is targeting to increase the size of its risk transfer and reinsurance program to a new high of almost $9.8 billion of limit in 2021. The CEA's reinsurance and risk transfer program, which includes a significant contribution from catastrophe bonds, ended 2020 at around $9.15 billion read the full article →

CEA gets $215m Ursa Re cat bond at 11% reduced pricing

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) has successfully secured its first catastrophe bond transaction of 2021 at the upsized $215 million target, while the Ursa Re II Ltd. (Series 2021-1)  catastrophe bond has been priced at the low-end of already reduced coupon guidance. The pricing has moved considerably, once again reflecting high read the full article →

CEA could upsize new Ursa Re II cat bond to $215m

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) has lifted its target size for its first catastrophe bond transaction of 2021, now seeking up to $215 million of fully collateralized earthquake reinsurance protection with the Ursa Re II Ltd. (Series 2021-1)  issuance. When this latest catastrophe bond from the CEA launched to investors a read the full article →

CEA looks for $150m+ of quake reinsurance with Ursa Re II 2021 cat bond

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is back in the catastrophe bond market with its first transaction of 2021, seeking at least $150 million of fully collateralized earthquake reinsurance protection through this Ursa Re II Ltd. (Series 2021-1)  issuance. The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is one of the larger sponsors of catastrophe read the full article →

CEA to keep risk transfer target stable in 2021, Q1 cat bonds possible

The California Earthquake Authority’s (CEA) reinsurance program has shrunk slightly in the last few weeks, as $400 million of Ursa Re catastrophe bonds matured. But the Authority is aiming to keep its risk transfer target stable for 2021, suggesting more catastrophe bond issues are possible early in the new year. The read the full article →

CEA reinsurance program hits new high at almost $9.6bn

The California Earthquake Authority’s (CEA) reinsurance program has reached a new record high in terms of size at nearly $9.6 billion, which is up almost $1 billion since the January renewals. Helping in this growth is the successful issuance of two large catastrophe bond deals in 2020 so far, the $700 read the full article →

ILS market health displayed in upsizing of CEA’s new cat bond: Swiss Re

The health of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market and the commitment of its investors to providing efficient and fully collateralized reinsurance capacity were displayed by the successful upsizing and completion of the California Earthquake Authority's (CEA) latest catastrophe bond, according to Swiss Re Capital Markets. The CEA's recently completed Ursa Re read the full article →

CEA’s new Ursa Re II catastrophe bond triples in size to $775m

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) has elected to significantly upsize its latest catastrophe bond issue we can report, with its new Ursa Re II Ltd. (Series 2020-1) transaction now priced at $775 million in size, more than three times the initial amount of notes offered to investors. The CEA returned to read the full article →