Cat bond price stabilisation becoming more evident: Moody’s

Signs that the catastrophe bond pricing environment has become more stable are becoming increasingly apparent as the end of 2014 approaches and the pace of price declines continues to slow, according to a report by ratings agency Moody’s. Using data from the Artemis Deal Directory, Moody’s notes that while the average read the full article →

EIOPA cites ILS’ increasing attraction, warns again on discipline

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) cites the increasing attraction that insurance-linked securities (ILS) have as a reinsurance and risk transfer tool for sponsors in its latest financial stability report, but warns again that discipline is required. In the same report though, the European regulator notes that while the read the full article →

Loosening of reinsurance terms & conditions ‘dangerous’: KBW analysts

As expected, the increasing trend for property catastrophe reinsurance firms to loosen terms and conditions at renewals, as they seek to compete in a market of excess traditional and growing third-party reinsurance capital, is set to come under scrutiny. Analysts from Keefe, Bruyette & Woods highlight the terms and conditions issue, read the full article →

EIOPA report highlights risk of underpricing catastrophe bonds

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has again mentioned catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities (ILS) in its latest Financial Stability report update, highlighting the risk that investors are underpricing cat bonds. The financial stability report is updated twice yearly. EIOPA mentioned catastrophe bond and ILS when it last published read the full article →

The downward trend in earthquake catastrophe bond yields

In recent days the lowest yielding earthquake catastrophe bonds in the ILS markets history have priced, with U.S. primary insurer State Farm's $300m Merna Re V Ltd. U.S. earthquake cat bond offering the lowest coupon ever seen for a pure quake bond. Merna Re V Ltd. reached final pricing on Tuesday, Artemis 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 →

Catastrophe bond coupons drop by average 16% during marketing in 2013

The article we published yesterday on the average upsizing of catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securitizations (listed in our Deal Directory) so far in 2013 drew a number of questions. Some readers wanted to know how the pricing for these transactions had changed during the time they were offered in the read the full article →

December was quiet in the catastrophe bond market due to hurricane Sandy

Both the primary and secondary catastrophe bond markets were subdued in December as the markets participants continued to assess the fall-out and industry losses that hurricane Sandy had caused. Many insurers and reinsurers had been forced to put their planning and purchasing of U.S. hurricane reinsurance and retrocession on hold read the full article →

Cat bond and ILS spreads are approaching historic lows: Swiss Re

2012 has been an interesting year as far as transaction pricing and the spreads of outstanding catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities have developed. Spreads of new cat bond transactions have been tightening throughout the year and this is a trend that reinsurer Swiss Re said would likely continue into 2013 read the full article →

Sandy impact on October ILS fund returns appears varied

Normally by this stage of the month we have a pretty good idea how insurance-linked security and catastrophe bond funds have performed in the prior month, but this time Sandy has muddied the waters somewhat. ILS fund managers are being slower to publish their funds October returns as calculating the read the full article →