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Investors Remain Committed to ILS Market Despite Q3 Catastrophes: WTW

ILS investors are responding to the recent spate of natural disasters by making their payments to ceding companies, while continuing to raise more money and preparing to make new investments, according to Willis Towers Watson Securities. None of the third …

Natural Disasters Begin to Hit Profits of Global Reinsurers

A profit warning from one of the world’s largest reinsurers is the latest sign that the death and destruction from a spate of hurricanes and earthquakes in North America are now taking a toll on the titans of global finance. …

Green Cat Bonds Aren’t a Thing – Yet

Green cat bonds. That slinky phrase is one that Greg Lowe, global head of resilience and sustainability for Aon, would enjoy hearing uttered frequently in the near future. Lowe has been talking with an increasing number of people in the …

Hedge Funds Overseeing Cat Bonds Try to Remain Calm Over Irma

Greg Hagood didn’t have many details to work with on Thursday afternoon. Hurricane Irma wasn’t expected to make landfall in South Florida for another 64 hours. Projections for its path were all over the place, especially considering that a centimeter …

How Hurricane Harvey Is Affecting Catastrophe Bonds

Bonds tied to weather risks tumbled the most in seven months as Hurricane Harvey advanced on Texas’s Gulf Coast. The Swiss Re Cat Bond Price Return Index dropped 0.44 percent this week, the steepest decline since January. The benchmark, which …

Blockchain Used as Settlement Mechanism for Cat Bond with Parametric Trigger

Financial markets are showing some signs of volatility these days after exceptionally low indicators since the start of the 2017. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, or VIX, is at its highest level this year. The VVIX Index, which …

World Bank Catastrophe Bonds to Provide Mexico with Disaster Cover of $360M

The World Bank Group issued its largest catastrophe bond, providing Mexico with financial protection of as much as $360 million against losses from tropical cyclones and earthquakes. Mexico is among the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters, the bank said …

Catastrophe Bond Market Breaks New Records in 2nd Quarter, 1st Half: Aon Study

Catastrophe bond issuance during the second quarter stood at US$6.38 billion across 20 transactions – a new record for quarterly issuance that surpassed the previous record of US$4.49 billion set in Q2 2014, according to a report issued by Aon …

ILS Issuance in Q2 Breaks New Record at $6.3B: Willis Towers Watson

Non-life insurance-linked securities (ILS) issuance reached a record-breaking $6.3 billion in Q2 2017, continuing the trend from the first quarter of the year, according to a report by Willis Towers Watson Securities, the investment banking business of Willis Towers Watson. …

Cat Bond Issuance Saw Robust Start to 2017: Aon Benfield

Catastrophe bond issuance made a robust start during the first quarter of 2017 with seven catastrophe bond transactions that totaled US$2.17 billion, according to a report from Aon Securities, the re/insurance investment banking division of Aon Benfield. These transactions are …