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Signs of rates levelling off, but ILS returns still attractive: ILS Asia 2021

After several years of rate and term improvements, notably in the property catastrophe arena, there are signs the market is levelling off. But generally, returns in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market remain attractive, according to industry experts. After years of soft market conditions, elevated catastrophe claims, dangerously low interest rates and read the full article →

As the talent pool develops in Asia, investors will naturally follow: ILS Asia 2021

If Singapore and Hong Kong are able to establish themselves as valuable domiciles for insurance-linked securities (ILS) business, it should spur local reinsurers to develop capabilities as the investor base swells in tandem. With the exception of Japan, the ILS sector is in its infancy from an investor stand-point across much read the full article →

Hong Kong’s ILS regime must show its competitiveness: ILS Asia 2021

While the Hong Kong regulator’s insurance-linked securities (ILS) grant scheme is expected to attract sponsors to the region, the new regime must show its competitiveness against existing and established ILS domiciles, say industry experts. Hong Kong’s emergence as a new Asian domicile for the issuance of catastrophe bond and ILS transactions read the full article →

AM RE ‘very happy’ to expand with right capital partners: CEO Barder, ILS Asia

Shevawn Barder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of reinsurance MGA, AM RE Syndicate Inc., discussed recently how the US specialty risk-focused firm is keen to broaden its underwriting model with the right capital partners. Leveraging its originate/underwrite distribution model, AM RE matches US specialty insurance risk with different capital sources. The company is read the full article →

Strong need for mainland China to tap the capital markets: ILS Asia 2021

Mr. Simon Lam, Executive Director, General Business at the Hong Kong Insurance Authority, expects the region’s new ILS regime to “hit the ground running” as mainland China’s insurance market growth continues apace. With the issuance of Greater Bay Re Ltd., sponsored by China Re, expected soon as the first catastrophe bond read the full article →

Regional sponsors important to sustain Asian ILS domiciles: Schultz at ILS Asia

With Singapore now an active hub for catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities (ILS) and with Hong Kong primed to issue its first deal this year, regional sponsor participation can help to ensure their sustainability as ILS domiciles, according to Paul Schultz, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aon Securities. Yesterday at our read the full article →

Could be ‘several’ Hong Kong cat bonds by year-end: Anger at ILS Asia 2021

With Hong Kong now established as a regulated domicile for insurance-linked securities (ILS) and catastrophe bonds, there could be several issuances out of the region by the end of 2021, according to Cory Anger, Managing Director of GC Securities. On the final day of our virtual ILS Asia 2021 event, in read the full article →

Jebi demonstrated importance of ILS investor communications: ILS Asia 2021

The impact and subsequent loss creep from typhoon Jebi in Japan in 2018 caught many insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors by surprise, but the eventual deviation from initial vendor model loss estimates doesn’t translate to a fundamental issue with the models themselves, say industry experts. Week two of our virtual ILS Asia read the full article →

Increased awareness of ILS in Asia but communication vital: ILS Asia 2021

Knowledge and understanding of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) asset class is on the rise in Asia, and while local expertise is a real benefit, it’s also vitally important to communicate early and persistently with the investor base, according to industry experts. On the morning of the second day of our virtual read the full article →

More practical for ILS funds to focus on mature Asian markets: ILS Asia 2021

The fragmentation of the Asia region means that for insurance-linked securities (ILS) managers, it’s more practical to focus on the locations with the more mature and larger institutional market, according to Timothy Yip, Executive Director at ILS Advisers. On day two of our virtually held ILS Asia 2021 conference, held in read the full article →