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ILS has “superior historical performance” over the long-term: Researchers

Recent analysis on the return drivers of insurance-linked securities (ILS) shows that over a 15-year period, ILS funds have recorded a superior historical performance when compared with other asset classes.In a recent article, Alexander Braun and Martin Eling of the Institute of Insurance Economics, University of St. Gallen in Switzerland read the full article →

Gradual pick-up of ILS transactions expected in Asia: Fitch

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) and catastrophe bond activity is expected to gradually accelerate in the Asia region, providing investor interest in the ILS asset class remains strong, according to Fitch Ratings.While insurance-linked securities (ILS) and collateralized forms of reinsurance in general are familiar concepts in North America and Europe, there has read the full article →

CATCo listed fund NAV’s continue rise, but shares priced far below

On a net asset value (NAV) basis, the CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund continued to deliver positive NAV returns in July, but at the same time the share price continues to languish, as much as 135% below their net asset value in the case of one class.Of course, the CATCo Reinsurance read the full article →

In time, exotic ILS might not be so exotic after all: John Seo, Fermat Capital

The utilisation of insurance-linked securities (ILS) structures and capacity for exotic, or man-made risks remains small, but as the world continues to evolve and new risks increasingly emerge, these types of exposures might turn out to be not so exotic after all, according to John Seo, Co-founder and Managing Director read the full article →

Analytics unlock tangible value, says Swiss Re (for ILS funds too)

The use of advanced technology and data analytics can bring multiple benefits to insurance and reinsurance firms, according to Swiss Re, which we would add holds true also for insurance-linked securities (ILS) players.Using increasingly advanced analytics can deliver benefits that help insurance and reinsurance firms achieve growth, better optimise their read the full article →

Jebi above 1-in-40-year loss, development could continue: S&P

Typhoon Jebi's impacts on the global insurance and reinsurance market is already above the 1-in-40-year loss level, according to estimates from S&P Global Ratings, who also warn that further material developments cannot be ruled out.Typhoon Jebi will account for more than 15% of the top-20 global reinsurance firms catastrophe budgets, read the full article →

Orbital Micro Systems targets enhanced weather insights for re/insurance & ILS

More granular and higher resolution satellite data from earth observations are set to improve weather and catastrophe event insights for the insurance, reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) industry, according to the CEO of Orbital Micro Systems.Orbital Micro Systems is a specialist in technology and data for space applications, with expertise read the full article →

Ursano joins Hamilton as CFO, Reiss takes oversight of third-party capital

Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd. has announced the hiring of well-known reinsurance investment banking executive Tony Ursano as the firms new Group CFO, as incumbent Jonathan Reiss takes on a new role giving him oversight of third-party capital activities.Ursano, who departed from his most recent role as President of reinsurance brokerage, read the full article →

FHCF renews reinsurance at flat pricing, using more third-party capital

The Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund (FHCF) has renewed its reinsurance program at a slightly smaller size of $920 million, but with flat pricing and insurance-linked securities (ILS) players taking a slightly larger share in 2019.Leading the ILS market participation in the FHCF's 2019 reinsurance renewal was Fermat Capital Management, which read the full article →

Firm reinsurance rates to persist through January 2020 renewal: Fitch

The firm(er) reinsurance market conditions seen of late are expected to persist through the key January 2020 renewals, according to analysts at Fitch Ratings.As a result, Fitch expects that reinsurers will boost their capitalisation and put it to good use, through the retention of more capital in the near term read the full article →