ILS Capital Management announces senior hires

Bermuda based investment management firm ILS Capital Management, Ltd., which specialises in delivering its clients investment opportunities in collateralized reinsurance and insurance-linked securities, has announced two new hires to its team. The firm which was established in 2011 by reinsurance industry veteran Don Kramer has been focused on raising capital, read the full article →

Plenum may target UK with catastrophe bond fund

Swiss insurance-linked securities investment manager Plenum Investments may target UK retail investors with its catastrophe bond fund if there is sufficient interest to bring the fund there, according to comments from Plenum's chief executive Rainer Grünig. Quoted in the FT Adviser, Grünig said that the Plenum CAT Bond Fund, which read the full article →

Investors more interested in catastrophe bonds and sidecars than new reinsurers: S&P

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's has published a report looking at where investors have been showing the most interest in deploying capital in the reinsurance sector after the catastrophes of 2011. S&P says that despite the record natural catastrophe losses that the re/insurance industry suffered in 2011, financial investors were read the full article →

Kramer: Seeing an “explosion” in the insurance-linked securities business

We love a bullish quote here on Artemis and veteran reinsurance industry exec Don Kramer has provided one at the Bermuda Captive Conference which has been held over the last few days on the island. The CEO of ILS Capital Management, Kramer is quoted in this Royal Gazette article as read the full article →

Investors focus on purest forms of reinsurance risk through funds: Willis Re

Reinsurance broker Willis Re have noticed a change in the way new capital has been entering the reinsurance sector. Capital continues to be drawn into global reinsurance they say in their Willis Re 1st View April Renewals Report, but on a different basis to previous years when startup reinsurers would read the full article →

Secondary cat bond market trading muted in December

Activity in the secondary catastrophe bond market was muted in December as many of the investors involved in the insurance-linked securities space turned their focus to collateralized reinsurance opportunities and the January renewals, says Plenum Investments, a Zurich based investment manager with a focus on the ILS asset class. This change read the full article →

Secondary catastrophe bond market saw moderate activity in October

The secondary market for catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities saw moderate trading activity during the month of October with some activity being sparked by the new cat bond issuances that came to market. Often when new deals launch investors adjust their portfolios to keep their diversification optimal and to allow read the full article →

Secquaero Advisors expect strong growth for securitization of risk

Swiss based boutique finance and investment house with a focus on insurance and risk linked securitization Secquaero Advisors Ltd. has been featured in a number of articles in the German press in the last week or so. The articles demonstrate the increasing interest in insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bond investment read the full article →

ILS investor interest still far outstripping demand

Most insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bond investors are holding onto their portfolio positions as they wait to see what the fourth quarter will bring in the way of new opportunities to deploy capital, say investment manager Clariden Leu in their latest monthly fund managers report. During the month of September, Clariden read the full article →

Secondary cat bond market active in September, Mariah Re bonds the main losers

September saw another active month of activity in the secondary market for catastrophe bonds although not all of that activity resulted in trades as some investors failed to make the acquisitions they sought and place their excess capital. There were no new primary market cat bonds at all in September, read the full article →