alternative capital News

Non-Life Cat Bond Issuance Hits $2.8B During 1H 2016: Willis Towers Watson Report

Total non-life catastrophe bond market issuance for the first half of 2016 rose to $2.8 billion, according to the latest ILS market update from Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA), the investment banking business of Willis Towers Watson. After starting …

Persistent Soft Market Begins to Hit Reinsurer Stock Prices: A.M. Best

While global reinsurers are continuing to withstand challenging market conditions, their stock prices, on average, are starting to take a hit as a result of the persistent soft market and its negative effect on top line growth, according to a …

Ongoing Soft Market Tops Reinsurers’ Concerns: Xuber Survey

Soft market conditions continue to be the biggest concern for the industry, followed by regulation, competition from third party capital, low investment returns, cyber crime and maintaining underwriting discipline, according to a survey completed by Xuber, the insurance software business …

XL Catlin Launches Team to Focus on Alternative Risk Transfer Products

XL Catlin’s insurance operations has launched a new team to focus on alternative risk transfer and non-traditional insurance globally. The team, named Structured Risk Solutions (SRS), is a dedicated global underwriting unit charged with providing XL Catlin’s clients with customized solutions …

Credit Suisse Sells Operational Risk Bonds, Insuring Rogue Trading, Cyber Crime

Credit Suisse Group AG sold 220 million Swiss francs ($222 million) of bonds designed to offload potential losses on events like rogue trading, with some investors sidestepping the issue because of the incalculable risk. The second-largest Swiss lender initially planned …

Swiss Re Capital Markets Appoints Klugman & Monnier to Lead Global ILS Unit

Swiss Re announced that Judy Klugman and Jean-Louis Monnier will co-head its global insurance linked securities (ILS) business. Klugman will remain global head of ILS distribution and lead the ILS team in New York.  She has been with Swiss Re …

Willis Capital Markets & Advisory Appoints Lien as Managing Director, Hong Kong

Willis Towers Watson has appointed Vincent Lien as managing director of Hong Kong for Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA), the firm’s investment banking business. Reporting to WCMA co-CEOs, Michael Guo and Rafal Walkiewicz, Lien will be based in Hong …

PERILS Joins Singapore’s NatCatDAX, Aiming to Close Asia Nat Cat Protection Gap

PERILS, the Zurich-based independent organization providing industry-wide catastrophe insurance data, announced it has joined the Singapore-based Natural Catastrophe Data and Analytics Exchange (NatCatDAX) Alliance, which has been set up to help increase data availability for natural catastrophe insurance in Asia. …

Catastrophe Exposure Grows with Selective Use of Alternative Capital: A.M. Best

Insurers in the London, Europe and Bermuda markets writing catastrophe-exposed business take a different approach to retention of risk at the 1-in-100-year return level in comparison to the 1-in-250-year level, according to report published by A.M. Best. At the lower …

Plenum Launches Diversified ILS Fund, Partnering with Bermuda’s Sequant Re

Plenum Investments Ltd. has launched an insurance linked securities (ILS) fund, which will invest in collateralized reinsurance transactions, to be sourced and underwritten by Bermuda’s boutique reinsurer Sequant Re. The new fund will complement Plenum’s current ILS offering and bring …