Covid-19 news

Covid-19 news, analysis and information of relevance to the insurance-linked securities (ILS), catastrophe bond and reinsurance capital markets.

The Covid-19 coronavirus 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.


AXA shows pandemic BI impacts continue, with EUR300m settlement

This morning, global insurance company AXA has shown that business interruption impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt, with the company announcing a EUR 300 million settlement offer for French restaurants. Calling it an "amicable solution", AXA France said that it is "offering a clear financial solution to the read the full article →

ILS funds hit by severe weather impact to aggregates in 0.24% April return

The insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund market delivered a very slightly below-average 0.24% return for April 2021, as the effects of severe weather events in the United States caused impacts to some aggregate contracts during the period. The Eurekahedge ILS Advisers Index was up by 0.24% for the month of April 2021, read the full article →

Tech can “bridge the gap” to hedging pandemic risk: Artemis Live

As part of the latest Artemis Live webcast, industry experts argued that utilizing technology will be critical in enabling the reinsurance and alternative capital markets, or ILS sector, to help hedge pandemic risk using parametric solutions. The webcast, entitled “Hedging the Next Pandemic with Parametric Capital Market Solutions,” brought together several read the full article →

Cat bond funds outperform private ILS funds, on average, in March

The overall insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund market averaged a 0.22% return for March 2021, which was above average for the month but seemingly impacted by losses booked by a number of collateralized reinsurance and retrocession focused funds. After numerous insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds reported negative performance for February, largely due to read the full article →

Live webcast: Hedging the next pandemic with parametric capital market solutions

Vesttoo and Artemis have partnered to host a live webcast on May 25th 2021 where we will discuss and explain opportunities to hedge the next pandemic, using parametric risk transfer, facilitated through the use of data and technology, as well as capacity from the capital markets. Register online here to secure read the full article →

AIG’s AlphaCat sees ILS assets shrink $400m to $3.8bn in Q1 2021

American International Group’s (AIG) insurance-linked securities and collateralized reinsurance activities under its dedicated ILS investment manager entity, AlphaCat Managers, were impacted by losses during the first-quarter of the year it appears, while assets under management shrank by almost 10%. Insurance-linked securities (ILS) assets under management at AlphaCat Managers fell by $400 read the full article →

SBAI highlights need for strong governance in ILS side-pocketing

The Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI) has published a new document that discusses the practice of side-pocketing within the insurance-linked securities (ILS) industry and explains the need for strong governance, transparency and robust disclosure when it comes to reserving for potential losses. The practice of side-pocketing is broadly used in read the full article →

Munich Re CEO urges public-private pandemic & systemic risk model

Having reported EUR 3.5 billion of losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic for 2020 and now revealing an expectation of another EUR 600 million to be booked in 2021, Munich Re's CEO Joachim Wenning today urged industry and governments to make progress on a public-private model for pandemics and other read the full article →

Polar vortex & pandemic “within our risk appetite”, SCOR CEO Kessler says

In reporting its first-quarter results this morning, France headquartered global reinsurance company SCOR revealed that its two biggest hits of the period were winter storm Uri in Texas and the United States, as well as mortality claims from COVID-19, which its CEO said fell "within our risk appetite." SCOR has reported read the full article →

Artemis Live: Interview with James Vickers, Chairman, Willis Re International

Our latest Artemis Live video interview features James Vickers, Chairman of Willis Re International, part of the global reinsurance broking unit of Willis Towers Watson, who joined us to discuss reinsurance market performance and capital trends. James Vickers and I discussed how Willis Re's reinsurance clients are finding market conditions in read the full article →