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  • World Bank calls for pandemic facility expansion to include private BI cover
    The World Bank has called for the ongoing development of its Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), to incentivise greater investment in preparedness, and take advantage of the opportunity to deliver business interruption (BI) cover for the private sector as it works towards PEF-2. The World Bank launched the PEF in 2016 as a facility designed […]World Bank calls for pandemic facility expans...
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  • Bipartisan House NFIP draft calls for ILS & reinsurance support
    A bipartisan draft proposing a raft of changes and amendments to legislation surrounding the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) calls on House members to enable the flood insurance pool to cede more of its risk to the capital markets, using a full-range of reinsurance risk transfer tools. Transferring risk away from the flood insurance program […]Bipartisan House NFIP draft calls for ILS & re...
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  • U.S. severe storms knock April ILS fund returns
    The returns of insurance-linked securities (ILS), pure catastrophe bond and reinsurance-linked investment funds were knocked by severe thunderstorm activity across the United States in April, resulting in a below-average for the month 0.15% return. At least one ILS fund fell to a negative return for April 2017, as the losses from the impactful severe convective […]U.S. severe storms knock April IL...
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  • United opts for 70% collateralized coverage at reinsurance renewal
    In another sign of the increasing importance of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market and collateralized reinsurance protection, United Insurance Holdings (UPC Insurance) has revealed that 70% of the open market limit placed for its June 2017 reinsurance renewal was on a fully-collateralized basis. The 2017 reinsurance program, that protects UPC Insurance, via subsidiaries American Coastal ...
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  • NOAA gives 45% chance of above average hurricane season in 2017
    The U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released its forecast for the 2017 Atlantic tropical storm and hurricane season, saying that factors lead it to predict an above average level of activity for the season. NOAA is the second forecaster to opt for an above average forecast for this hurricane season, after the […]NOAA gives 45% chance of above average hurricane season ...
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  • CATCo listed reinsurance fund passes $500m on $46m capital raise
    The London and Bermuda listed CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd., which is managed by reinsurance and retrocessional reinsurance linked investment management firm Markel CATCo Investment Management Ltd., has raised another $46 million for the mid-year renewals, taking the fund’s total assets past $500 million. Ten days ago we reports that Markel CATCo was seeking to […]CATCo listed reinsura...
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  • Alternative capital competition to offset life reinsurance hardening: Deloitte
    Alternative sources of reinsurance capital and their appetite to access diversified sources of insurance and reinsurance risk, including life risks, are expected to offset the price hardening effects of consolidation in the life reinsurance sector, according to Deloitte. A new report from Deloitte looks at the use of reinsurance capital, how that has changed and […]Alternative capital competition ...
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  • Global Parametrics appoints Nina Shapiro as Chair
    Global Parametrics, the parametric and index-based risk transfer start-up that is backed by the German Government, through its development finance bank KfW, the Climate Insurance Fund and the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), has appointed a new Chairperson, Nina Shapiro. Shapiro will succeed Stefan W. Hirche of KfW, who has chaired the board […]Global Parametrics ap...
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  • Casablanca Re cat bond shrinks to $87.7m before pricing
    Floridian primary insurer Avatar Property and Casualty Insurance Company’s first catastrophe bond issuance has now shrunk slightly before final pricing, with the Casablanca Re Ltd. (Series 2017-1) transaction now set to secure $87.7 million of reinsurance coverage for the firm. The Casablanca Re 2017-1 cat bond had been targeting $100 million of fully-collateralized reinsurance cover […]Casablanca...
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  • Legal & General hires Pretty Sagoo to pension risk transfer team
    UK headquartered life and annuities insurance and reinsurance company Legal & General has hired Pretty Sagoo from Deutsche Bank to the role of Head of the Strategic Business in its pension risk transfer team. Sagoo has significant experience in the longevity risk transfer and longevity swaps space, gained from her time at Deutsche Bank where […]Legal & General hires Pretty Sagoo to pension risk tr...
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  • InsurTech enables Ventus to provide “superior risk” to the ILS space: Interview
    In an interview with Artemis, Founders of Ventus Risk Management, Stuart Mercer and George Reeth, discussed the MGA’s themes and goals in respect of the current ILS and broader re/insurance market environment. The pair were eager to discuss the rise and influence of InsurTech and how this trend has driven the ongoing restructuring of Ventus […]InsurTech enables Ventus to provide “superior risk” to...
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  • U.S. severe weather continues, industry losses rise again in last week
    Insurance industry losses continue to rise due to U.S. severe thunderstorms and convective weather, with the last week another that will result in minimally hundreds of millions being added to the insurance industry bill, according to Impact Forecasting, the risk analytics and modelling arm of reinsurance broker Aon Benfield. Losses from severe weather events in […]U.S. severe weather continues, i...
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  • Peru to expand El Niño agricultural catastrophe insurance cover
    The Peruvian government and the Ministry of Agriculture have chosen to expand the country’s El Seguro Agrario Catastrófico (SAC), or the Agricultural Catastrophe Insurance scheme, to include five more regions, with the launch of an international tender, according to reports. Reports in peruthisweek.com underline the recent impact of El Niño on the Peruvian agriculture sector, […]Peru to expand El ...
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  • Reinsurance Group of America reinsures $2.3bn annuity book for Zurich
    Reinsurance Group of America has reinsured a $2.3 billion annuities portfolio for a subsidiary of Swiss insurer Zurich, helping Zurich to reduce risk and better manage its capital, by offloading the liabilities associated with this legacy book of annuities business using reinsurance capital. Zurich Insurance Group subsidiary Farmers New World Life has entered into the […]Reinsurance Group of Ameri...
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  • Allstate’s 2017 catastrophe losses rise above $1 billion
    Persistent and severe weather events in the U.S. so far in 2017 has seen large insurer Allstate’s estimated catastrophe losses surpass $1 billion, suggesting that some could be calling on their reinsurance protection as losses eat through retentions, possibly impacting insurance-linked securities capital (ILS), too. U.S. domiciled insurance firm, Allstate Corporation, has reported estimated catast...
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  • Meteo Protect helps French farmers to parametric weather risk transfer
    Weather risk management, risk transfer, pricing, data, broking and structuring firm, Meteo Protect’s weather insurance platform has been launched by the National Union of Potato Producers (UNPT) of France, providing farmers with resilience against climate and weather-related risks. With the increasing realisation that climate change could be driving more frequent and more severe adverse weather […...
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  • Capital markets a natural fit for cyber risks, as evidenced by WannaCry
    The WannaCry cyber attack, also called WCry or Wanna Decryptor, that hit targets in at least 150 countries across the globe in the last week is an example of the kind of wide-ranging cyber risk exposure that the capital markets and risk transfer instruments in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space could be a natural fit […]Capital markets a natural fit for cyber risks, as evidenced by WannaC...
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  • Cyclone Debbie insured loss nears $900m: ICA
    The insurance industry loss from cyclone Debbie has continued to rise, with data from the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) showing that almost AU$900 million of insured losses have now been recorded from 56,135 claims, an increase of 36% since the 11th April. An ICA representative told Artemis that insured loss data collated by the […]Cyclone Debbie insured loss nears $900m: ICA was published ...
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  • Secondary cat bond trading activity picks up again in April 2017
    The continued high level of issuance in the primary catastrophe bond market in April 2017 continued to drive an increased level of trading activity in the secondary market, as investors and ILS funds looked to swap in and out of positions as they managed new issuance allocations and the flow of maturities as well. Following […]Secondary cat bond trading activity picks up again in April 2017 was pu...
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  • Cat bond returns up year-on-year to 31st March: Aon Securities
    Annual returns for catastrophe bonds rose in the year to 31st March 2017, as evidenced by all of Aon Securities insurance-linked securities (ILS) indices reporting higher performance year-on-year. The rise in catastrophe bond investment returns has partially been driven by a shift in 2016 towards higher coupons, as can be seen in Artemis’ chart showing […]Cat bond returns up year-on-year to 31st M...
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  • IRDAI’s new Reinsurance Committee to explore alternative risk transfer
    The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has established a Reinsurance Expert Committee to review the region’s reinsurance framework, including the study of alternative risk transfer mechanisms and solutions, suggesting an opportunity for insurance-linked securities (ILS) and the capital markets. Following the enactment of Insurance Laws (Amendment) Act, 2015 the Indian ...
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  • Riverfront Re 2017-1 cat bond launched for Great American Insurance
    Great American Insurance Group is seeking to renew, extend and double in size its catastrophe bond backed reinsurance coverage, with the launch of a $190 million Riverfront Re Ltd. (Series 2017-1) transaction that covers more perils and is twice the size of its 2014 cat bond. The Riverfront Re 2017-1 cat bond will provide capital […]Riverfront Re 2017-1 cat bond launched for Great American Insuran...
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  • Reinsurance pricing to remain depressed, organic growth tepid: S&P
    In reinsurance rating agency Standard & Poor’s expects that conditions are unlikely to change throughout the rest of this year, with results from the first-quarter of 2017 likely to be “fairly representative of how the year will play out” with prices remaining depressed and organic growth tepid. In its latest update on Bermuda reinsurance market […]Reinsurance pricing to remain depressed, organic ...
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  • Commercial P/C rates continue to suffer as capacity targets sector
    The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) has reported a continuation of rate declines in the commercial property & casualty (P/C) sector in Q1 2017, an area reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) capacity are increasingly adding pressure as they look to access risk more directly. On average, commercial P/C rates declined across all accounts […]Commercial P/C rates continue to su...
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  • Secondary cat bond market activity declines on brisk issuance: Aon
    Trading activity in the secondary market for catastrophe bonds has declined in the first-quarter of 2017, compared to the prior year, as primary cat bond issuance accelerated to a new record and investors focused their efforts on new deals, according to Aon Securities. Aon’s analysis suggests that cat bond investor focus was on cat bond […]Secondary cat bond market activity declines on brisk issua...
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  • Heritage back with $35m Citrus Re 2017-2 cat bond, its second of year
    Expansive U.S. insurance group Heritage Property & Casualty Insurance Company has secured another $35 million of reinsurance coverage from the capital markets with its second transaction of the year, a Citrus Re Ltd. (Series 2017-2) takedown that was completed privately with investors, we understand. This Citrus Re 2017-2 transaction only came to light yesterday, when […]Heritage back with $35m Ci...
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  • Allstate returns with $200m Florida focused Sanders Re 2017-2 cat bond
    U.S. primary insurance company Allstate is returning to the catastrophe bond market for its second transaction of 2017, with a $200 million targeted Sanders Re Ltd. (Series 2017-2) deal that will provide the insurer with capital markets backed reinsurance protection against losses from multiple perils in the state of Florida only. The Sanders Re 2017-2 […]Allstate returns with $200m Florida focuse...
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  • Hudson Structured participates in Catalina’s private debt issuance
    Insurance and reinsurance investment specialist Hudson Structured Capital Management has acted as a lead investor in the recently completed $45.5 million private debt transaction issued for Catalina General Insurance Ltd., a subsidiary of Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd. Almost half the $45.5 million of ten-year floating rate subordinated notes were purchased by funds under management at […]Hudson...

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