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Price discovery an important factor for cat bond sponsors: Argo’s Gibson

One of the attractive aspects of sponsoring a catastrophe bond is more transparent 'price discovery' during the issuance process, something which is harder to achieve with traditional reinsurance negotiations, according to Argo's Mark Gibson.Speaking at a Standard & Poor's event in London today, Gibson Director of Alternative Risk Markets at read the full article →

Q2 & H1 2014 catastrophe bond & ILS issuance beats all records

The second-quarter of 2014 will go down in catastrophe bond and insurance-linked security (ILS) market history as the busiest quarter ever, with a stunning $4.634 billion of new cat bond and ILS risk capital recorded in the Artemis Deal Directory.2014 got off to a strong start with a record first-quarter read the full article →

12 month cat bond & ILS issuance to pass $10 billion for first time

The catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities (ILS) market is set to hit a major milestone before the end of June, with record issuance of over $10 billion coming to market in a single twelve month period, according to data in the Artemis Deal Directory.With the upsizing of the Alamo Re read the full article →

Trailing 12 month cat bond issuance passes $9B, 2014 on course for records

Catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities (ILS) issuance has accelerated rapidly during the second quarter reaching $5.5 billion of new cat bonds issued to date in 2014, according to the volume of deals recorded in the Artemis Deal Directory.At this level of issuance, around $5.5 billion of new risk capital issued read the full article →

Record first-quarter as 2014 catastrophe bond issuance starts strongly

2014 is off to a strong start as the total volume of catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities (ILS) issued during the first-quarter and listed in the Artemis Deal Directory hit a record level, with $1.585 billion of new risk capital issued in Q1 2014.The impressive level of issuance seen in read the full article →

2013 catastrophe bond & ILS issuance hit $7.64 billion

The total volume of catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities (ILS) issued during 2013 and listed in the Artemis Deal Directory hit $7.6417 billion by the end of the year as a flurry of deals in December closed the year at an all time high of $20.5 billion.With the completion of read the full article →

2013 cat bond issuance passes $7 billion, market hits $20 billion for first time

2013 catastrophe bond issuance has passed the $7 billion milestone for the first time this year with the completion of the latest catastrophe bond from insurer AIG, Tradewynd Re Ltd. (Series 2013-2), which takes the size of the cat bond market over $20 billion.The completion of Tradewynd Re 2013-2 yesterday, read the full article →

2013 expected to beat catastrophe bond issuance record: Munich Re

Munich Re, the world's largest reinsurance firm, expects that issuance of catastrophe bonds and non-life insurance-linked securities in 2013 will beat the record volume issued set in 2007, according to its latest quarterly ILS market report.Munich Re's Risk Trading Unit is the first of the reinsurers and brokers to publish read the full article →

Tight spread environment for catastrophe bonds to continue: Swiss Re

In its latest look at the catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities (ILS) market reinsurer Swiss Re suggests that the tight spread environment seen on cat bond issues through 2013 so far is set to continue. Tighter spreads and lower pricing has been driven by investor demand providing an attractive environment read the full article →

2013 cat bond and ILS issuance passes $5Bn, over $18Bn outstanding

There seems to be no slowing down of the momentum that the market for insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bonds has generated in recent months and issuance continues apace into July. Based on figures in our Deal Directory, including two cat bonds still marketing, 2013 ILS issuance has now passed $5 read the full article →