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Cat bond fund size matters, but bigger isn’t always better: Plenum’s Schmelzer

When it comes to constructing a catastrophe bond fund it is important to consider market limitations, in terms of size and the availability of diversification. Given the cat bond market is only so large, there is a point at which growth in fund assets can come at the expense of read the full article →

UCITS cat bond funds growing fast. Schroders overtakes GAM as largest

UCITS catastrophe bond funds as a group have increased their assets significantly over the last year, with accelerated growth of the cat bond market and rising interest in ILS investments helping to propel the UCITS cat bond funds we track to asset growth of roughly 58% in just one year. Over read the full article →

Franklin Templeton launches UCITS cat bond fund, managed by K2’s Malawer

Investment manager Franklin Templeton has launched a new UCITS catastrophe bond fund, which is portfolio managed by Jonathan Malawer from its hedge fund specialist manager arm K2 Advisors. The Franklin K2 Cat Bond UCITS Fund is a Luxembourg based fund and part of the Franklin Templeton Alternatives Funds offering from the read the full article →

Credit Suisse launches UCITS cat bond fund, with Gawron & Brogli hires

Credit Suisse's Insurance Linked Strategies team has its first UCITS catastrophe bond fund offering, after hiring the team that ran the Lombard Odier cat bond strategy and merging its fund into a new Credit Suisse fund product. The arrangement sees the UCITS catastrophe bond fund that had been launched by Lombard read the full article →

Luxembourg applying UCITS 20/35 diversification rule to cat bond funds

An issue has been bubbling away in the background of the catastrophe bond and ILS fund market since late 2015 which has the potential to impact the way managers of UCITS catastrophe bond funds deal with diversification. It came to light late last year that, at the instigation of the European read the full article →

Regulators increase focus on alternative investment fund liquidity

Financial market and securities industry regulators are increasing their focus on investment fund liquidity, as they aim to reduce the risk that in times of stress or crisis fund manager's are better able to manage liquidity risk and honour investor redemptions. With U.S. mutual funds and European UCITS funds offering frequent read the full article →

UCITS ILS funds help to drive recent inflows of capital

The emergence of UCITS compatible catastrophe bond and insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds has helped to bring new capital into the ILS market, according to Michael Stahel, partner and portfolio manager at Swiss ILS and reinsurance-linked investment manager LGT Insurance-Linked Strategies. The launch of a number of UCITS compatible ILS funds, including some read the full article →

New UCITS compliant insurance-linked securities investment fund launching

Back in December we reported the first UCITS compliant insurance-linked securities investment fund launcha. Now we see (via Hedge Week) that another is launching under the wing of Decision Analytics Advisory Partners AG and their Next Generation Absolute Return business. They are working in cooperation with ILS investment specialist Secquaero Advisors read the full article →