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Risk managers & C-Suite lack understanding of parametric risk transfer

The insurance and reinsurance industry has much more to do to promote parametric risk transfer and other alternative risk strategies, as both risk managers and the C-Suite of major corporations lack a clear understanding of its benefits.The increasing availability and abundance of data and advanced analytics tools, combined with alternative read the full article →

Property rates to continue firming, ILS market a factor: AmWins

The pace of rate hardening in the U.S. property insurance marketplace has accelerated and this firming trend is expected to continue, with the availability of capacity from the ILS market seen as one factor influencing it, according to AmWINS.As the overall property insurance rate hardening continues, there are noticeable changes read the full article →

Analytics unlock tangible value, says Swiss Re (for ILS funds too)

The use of advanced technology and data analytics can bring multiple benefits to insurance and reinsurance firms, according to Swiss Re, which we would add holds true also for insurance-linked securities (ILS) players.Using increasingly advanced analytics can deliver benefits that help insurance and reinsurance firms achieve growth, better optimise their read the full article →

Ursano joins Hamilton as CFO, Reiss takes oversight of third-party capital

Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd. has announced the hiring of well-known reinsurance investment banking executive Tony Ursano as the firms new Group CFO, as incumbent Jonathan Reiss takes on a new role giving him oversight of third-party capital activities.Ursano, who departed from his most recent role as President of reinsurance brokerage, read the full article →

ILS is insulation for adverse mortgage insurance losses: NMI CEO Merkle

Mortgage insurance specialist NMI Holdings, Inc. successfully completed its third and largest insurance-linked securities (ILS) transaction, the $327 million Oaktown Re III Ltd., and CEO Claudia Merkle highlighted how these capital market backed reinsurance transactions insulate it against adverse losses.NMI returned recently to secure $327 million of excess of loss read the full article →

Swiss Re cedes more of its catastrophe risks to retro in 2019

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re has been expanding its natural catastrophe risk underwriting in recent months, but along with this has ceded roughly 4% more of its catastrophe risk exposure to sources of retrocession, compared to the prior year.Recently we explained that Swiss Re has been embracing the capital markets more, read the full article →

North Yorkshire Pension Fund increased ILS allocation to Leadenhall

The North Yorkshire Pension Fund, a pension scheme for council and local government workers in the Yorkshire region of the United Kingdom, increased its allocation to insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds under the management of Leadenhall.Having originally won a mandate from the pension fund for an £80 million allocation in 2018, read the full article →

Allstate’s cat losses rise to $2bn YTD, on hail, storms and creep

In the month of July U.S. primary insurance giant Allstate was again hit by fresh losses from convective storm activity and in particular hail damage, while loss creep from the same type of events that struck in previous months was also accounted for.Allstate reported estimated catastrophe losses for the month read the full article →

Climate risk data needs linking to insurance & risk-transfer process

Climate risk data should be linked to the insurance, reinsurance and risk transfer process through the use of technology and risk models, placing it and financial products at the heart of climate adaptation and resilience efforts.A new background paper from academics and insurance sector specialists highlights the importance of continued read the full article →

Arch acquiring tech & third-party capital focused MGU Ventus

Arch Insurance North America, a division of insurance and reinsurance specialist Arch Capital Group, has announced that it will acquire the technology and third-party capital focused managing general underwriter Ventus Risk Management.Regular readers will be familiar with Ventus Risk Management, a company focused on sourcing and underwriting property catastrophe and read the full article →