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Convective storms & hail drive Allstate’s cat losses above expectation again

U.S. primary insurer Allstate has again reported monthly catastrophe losses that were higher than analyst expectations, reporting $311 million of impacts during the month which took its second-quarter cat losses to $1.07 billion before tax.That means Allstate's catastrophe losses for the first-half of 2019 are estimated at somewhere just shy read the full article →

RenaissanceRe further extends maturity of Fibonacci Re ILS notes

Bermudian reinsurance firm and third-party capital manager RenaissanceRe has opted for another extension of maturity for the remaining insurance-linked securities (ILS) notes from its Fibonacci Re Ltd. vehicle’s 2017 and 2018 issuances.The catastrophe bond like structure has seen its maturity dates extended repeatedly, presumably to allow for the collateral to read the full article →

Artex promotes Thompsett to COO, Marshall to CFO

Artex Risk Solutions, one of the largest insurance management firms and a key facilitator in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) and collateralised reinsurance space, has announced two senior promotions, naming a new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.Stephen Thompsett, who has been with Artex since 2018 in his most recent read the full article →

B3i say catastrophe XOL reinsurance system to launch this month

B3i, the insurance and reinsurance industry initiative that aims to create standardised systems for transacting in reinsurance using a distributed ledger, says that its catastrophe excess-of-loss (XOL) reinsurance placement system is finally ready to be released.B3i launched as a blockchain focused consortium of industry insider companies, aiming to create a read the full article →

Majority of ILS Advisers tracked funds negative in May 2019. Index falls to -1.13%

Only 5 of the 33 insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds tracked by ILS Advisers reported positive returns in May 2019, as catastrophe loss creep and cat bond price pressure dented sector returns, resulting in the Index falling to a negative -1.13% for the month.That's the lowest monthly return for the Eurekahedge read the full article →

Singapore to refine ILS infrastructure to support innovation: Gillian Tan, MAS

Singapore is acutely aware that it needs to continue to innovate if it is to achieve its goal of becoming a key insurance-linked securities (ILS) hub for the Asia region, as well as to support the widest range of ILS transactions possible.Speaking at our ILS Asia 2019 conference held in read the full article →

Climate risk transfer an opportunity for product design innovation: Greg Lowe, Aon

The growing pressure on corporations to take greater responsibility for the climate related risks and exposures they carry could present an opportunity for insurance and reinsurance market participants to demonstrate innovation in product design, according to Aon's Greg Lowe.Greg Lowe, the Head of Resilience & Sustainability at insurance and reinsurance read the full article →

Jamaica’s cat bond risk modelling supported by World Bank

The work to issue a catastrophe bond for Jamaica continues, with the World Bank providing risk modelling support and expertise to assist in getting a transaction to market, the countries Finance Minister said.Jamaica has been exploring insurance and reinsurance structures for sourcing disaster risk financing for some time now (discussions read the full article →

Education, experience key to developing Asia’s ILS market: ILS Asia 2019 speakers

Yesterday Artemis held its fourth annual insurance-linked securities (ILS) conference in Singapore. ILS Asia 2019 saw 180 attendees from across the globe converge on the country, to hear insightful discussions on the state of ILS in Asia.The key takeaway of the day for me was that education is still absolutely read the full article →

New PFIC regs released, relevant to ILS & hedge fund reinsurance strategies

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service and Department of the Treasury has published a new set of proposed regulations relating to passive foreign investment companies (PFICs), which are relevant to many in insurance and reinsurance, but have particular relevance to certain ILS and hedge fund reinsurer strategies it seems.The updates to read the full article →