Coronavirus news

Coronavirus news, analysis and information of relevance to the insurance-linked securities (ILS), catastrophe bond and reinsurance capital markets.

The coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak of 2019/20 caused significant disruption and threatened losses across insurance and reinsurance markets, with some ramifications for ILS and cat bond investors and sponsors as well.


Artemis Bermuda ILS Executive Roundtable 2021

Welcome to Artemis’ sixth Bermuda-focused insurance-linked securities (ILS) executive roundtable, held virtually for the second year in a row owing to ongoing pandemic-related restrictions. Despite the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions on travel and face-to-face meetings, Bermuda attracted a significant amount of startup capital in 2020, ahead of read the full article →

Sompo GRS launches parametric cover for epidemic & pandemic risk

Sompo Global Risk Solutions (GRS), a division of Bermuda-headquartered specialty P&C insurance and reinsurance group Sompo International, has launched a new parametric insurance product to cover epidemic and pandemic risks. The parametric insurance product will be triggered by civil authority restrictions resulting from international public health emergencies that have been declared read the full article →

Risk of COVID inflating US hurricane claims rising with cases: PCS

The resurging incidence of cases of COVID-19 across areas of the United States could add pressure to catastrophe insurance and reinsurance market claim processes and amounts, so PCS has undertaken some research on hurricane events to show where the threat is greatest. As our sister publication Reinsurance News explained recently, PCS read the full article →

ILS fund returns widely dispersed after first-half 2021: ILS Advisers

The return of catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds appear widely dispersed after the first-half of the year, as ILS Advisers reported a range of -5.1% to as high as +8%. This once again demonstrates the wide range of strategies in the catastrophe bond and broader insurance-linked securities fund marketplace, read the full article →

COVID reserving & nat cat loss creep affecting some ILS funds

In June and July we understand that loss creep related factors have continued to affect some insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds, particularly those focused on private collateralised reinsurance deals, as uncertainty persists over potential impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic and prior year catastrophe losses begin to crystalise. We're told that COVID related read the full article →

Lancashire Capital Management (LCM) raises at mid-year again

Lancashire Capital Management Limited, the third-party capital collateralised reinsurance underwriting arm of specialty insurance and reinsurance group Lancashire Holdings, has raised capital around the mid-year at a similar level to the prior year. The Lancashire Capital Management team expects to deploy a similar amount of investor capital across full-year 2021 as read the full article →

Munich Re expects solid Q2 profit on low cat losses, despite COVID mortality claims

Global reinsurance giant Munich Re has said that its second-quarter result will be helped by a lower incidence of natural catastrophe losses, which will help it deliver an above consensus estimate roughly EUR 1.1 billion of profit for the period. The reinsurance company said that, during Q2 2021 thee major-loss expenditure read the full article →

Clarity for ILS on Covid-related BI could take two more years: End-investors

The unexpected nature of Covid-19 related business interruption (BI) losses is troubling for the market, and it could be another two years before the insurance-linked securities (ILS) industry fully understands the impact, according to leading ILS investors. To end day three of our virtual ILS Asia 2021 event, held in association read the full article →

ILS investment funds deliver above average May returns

The return of catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds as a group was above average in May 2021, at 0.58%, and even if you subtract the extraordinary boost one fund got due to what is expected to have been wildfire subrogation recoveries, the average ILS fund return was still read the full article →

Hong Kong publishes special purpose insurer (SPI) application guidelines

The Hong Kong Insurance Authority has today published guidelines related to its new insurance-linked securities (ILS) regulatory framework in the Government Gazette, with details on applications to establish special purpose insurers (SPI) in the domicile now finalised. Hong Kong's "Guideline on Application for Authorization to Carry On Special Purpose Business (GL read the full article →