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ILS Capital Management’s 2019 portfolio delivers 10.5% by end of July

While loss creep, trapped collateral and the general ongoing impacts from prior year reinsurance related catastrophe losses continue to plague the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market, it's important to remember that the asset class can still deliver significant value, in terms of investor returns.ILS and reinsurance linked investing as an asset read the full article →

Notre-Dame Cathedral fire could threaten some specialty ILS positions

When the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris caught fire recently perhaps the last thing thought of was potential exposure for the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market. But it's becoming clear there is a small chance some specialty lines ILS positions could be threatened by the fire.The fire broke out read the full article →

ILS Capital Management delivered double-digit 2018 return to pension investor

While negative performance of ILS and collateralized reinsurance portfolios has been the talk of recent months, after the consecutive years of catastrophe loss activity, as ever performance is divergent in this market and ILS Capital Management was one of those that fared better in 2018.Bermuda headquartered ILS fund and investment read the full article →

Price inadequacy of longer-tailed lines mean ILS could take a closer look

The reinsurance market is expected to take a much closer look at the adequacy of pricing and profitability for many longer-tailed lines of specialty and casualty business, especially as reinsurers have generally been unable to command the payback they may once have been used to, following the catastrophes of 2017.This read the full article →

Brit launches Scion Underwriting, to partner with third-party capital

Specialty insurance and reinsurance firm Brit Ltd. has announced the launch of a new specialty re/insurance platform, Scion Underwriting Managers, which it says will partner both with its own balance-sheet, other markets and also third-party capital providers.Industry veteran Scott Brock has been hired to run the platform, as President of read the full article →

London re-insurance market softening to continue in 2017: PwC

The London insurance and reinsurance market will see continued price softening in 2017, albeit at a reducing pace, according to PwC, which the consultancy believes will result in around a third of the market experiencing an underwriting loss next year.The global reinsurance market has been softening steadily for a number read the full article →

First marine catastrophe model to encourage ILS participation: RMS

The forthcoming launch of the first marine cargo and specie catastrophe risk model from RMS will provide an enhanced approach to marine risk quantification, helping ILS investors and capital to increase participation in the marine insurance and reinsurance market.The RMS Marine Cargo Model, which will be the insurance and reinsurance read the full article →

ILS shows increasing interest in P/C specialty insurance markets: S&P

Specialty products in the U.S. property & casualty insurance marketplace is an increasingly attractive area of the market, as it offers an "attractive strategic alternative to achieving scale in the standard commercial property/casualty (P/C) insurance industry," according to S&P.Standard & Poor's highlights the attractive nature of specialty insurance in the read the full article →

ILS Capital Management’s 1609 Fund returns 19.7% net to investors in 2014

When much of the coverage of ILS discusses lower returns of ILS and catastrophe bond investments, Bermuda-based asset manager ILS Capital Management Ltd. provides an example of just how attractive insurance-linked investments can be with a 19.7% post-fees return in 2014.The insurance-linked securities (ILS) investment manager's flagship fund, the 1609 read the full article →

As Bermuda reinsurers pile into specialty risk, expect commoditisation

Analysts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods warn in a report that Bermudian insurance and reinsurance firms rush into specialty risks, in a search for premiums outside of the competitive catastrophe re/insurance market, will only speed up commoditisation.The KBW analysts, led by Meyer Shields, highlight the "nearly uniform targeting of specialty read the full article →