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ILS NYC 2020: Two months to go!

There are only two months to go until we hold our ILS NYC 2020 conference, so register soon to ensure you can attend at the best possible price.We’re holding our fourth annual insurance-linked securities (ILS) conference held in New York City on February 7th 2020 in central midtown Manhattan.Agenda:We've already read the full article →

Climate change adaptation financing can benefit from partnership with ILS

Climate change adaptation projects and the need for them are rising up the agenda, as a recent surge in damages from severe weather and climate related catastrophe events concentrates the mind on the importance of investing in this area.Public authorities are showing renewed and increasing interest in climate adaptation, while read the full article →

UK pension fund Railpen hires ILS focused investment manager

Railway Pension Investments Limited (RPMI Railpen), the dedicated investment manager that looks after the pension fund for UK railway's workers, has hired a sector specialist in insurance-linked securities (ILS) from Willis Towers Watson (WTW) as an investment manager.James Turner has joined RPMI Railpen as an Investment Manager at the end read the full article →

Gap between best & worst performing ILS fund nears 10% in October

The broad diversity within the insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund market became very apparent in October 2019, as the impacts of catastrophe losses from Hagibis drove the gap between best and worst performing ILS fund to almost 10%.It's one of the highest figures we've seen in our almost two decades tracking read the full article →

Markel CATCo listed retro fund adds new director

Markel CATCo Investment Management has added a new director to its stock exchange listed and in run-off retrocessional reinsurance focused investment strategy, the CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd.The Board of the retro reinsurance fund announced that they have appointed Arthur Jones as a non-executive Director effective yesterday. Jones will also read the full article →

Hagibis hammers some private ILS positions in October

It's becoming clear that typhoon Hagibis' impacts in Japan have hammered the performance of some private insurance-linked securities (ILS) positions in October and this could be sufficient to overshadow what has been another positive month for the catastrophe bond market.While typhoon Hagibis did dent some catastrophe bond positions, with a read the full article →

FedNat closes acquisition of 1347 PIH, as 1347 transitions to reinsurer-investor

Florida and region focused primary insurance group FedNat Holding Company has completed its acquisition of the homeowners insurance underwriting operations of 1347 Property Insurance Holdings, Inc.With the acquisition now completed, 1347 PIH will transition into a company offering reinsurance and investment management services, with a lucrative first-refusal arrangement now in read the full article →

Aeolus gets $102.85m investment from Blackstone multi-strat fund

Aeolus Capital Management Ltd., the Bermuda based reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) focused investment fund manager, took an allocation amounting to roughly $102.85 million from asset management giant Blackstone earlier this year.The allocation came from Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, the hedge fund solutions unit of Blackstone which has around $78 read the full article →

Plenum CAT Bond Fund gets higher sustainable investment grading

The Plenum CAT Bond Fund, the flagship offering from Zurich based specialist insurance-linked securities (ILS) and catastrophe bond investment manager Plenum Investments, has received a higher grading as a sustainable investment opportunity in its second assessment.Last year, Plenum's flagship catastrophe bond investment fund received a recognition of its sustainable investment read the full article →

Survey finds 18% of re/insurers hold investments in ILS

A recent survey of 200 Chief Investment Officers (CIO's) and investment team members from the life, property and casualty, insurance and reinsurance sector found that 18% of respondents are already holding some insurance-linked securities (ILS) within their investment portfolios.The survey undertaken by Natixis looked at what is driving insurance and read the full article →