ILS News

Fitch: Downward Pricing Pressures in Reinsurance Market Begin to Slow

The reinsurance market showed signs of decelerating rate declines in its most recent June/July 2015 renewals, indicating that pricing could be approaching a new equilibrium, says Fitch Ratings in a new global sector report. Reinsurance pricing has experienced downward pressures …

S&P: ILS Investors Could Get Burned as Covered Perils Expand, Terms Widen

The catastrophe bond market will continue to grow by 10 to 20 percent per year, driven in part by the increase in covered perils and the broadening of event definitions, according to a report published by Standard & Poor’s. But …

Re/insurance Market Conditions Will Lead to More M&A Activity: A.M. Best

Merger and takeover activity is likely to continue in the coming months as re/insurers increasingly seek ways to deploy capital and create scale against a backdrop of ongoing soft market conditions and weak investment returns, according to a special report …

Allianz: Hedge Funds Are Opportunity for Insurance Industry, Not Threat

Chris Fischer Hirs, the head of Allianz SE’s specialty insurance business, said he welcomes the growing participation of Wall Street in the insurance industry as an opportunity, not a threat. “Hedge funds bring capacity to the market,” Fischer Hirs said in an interview in …

Catastrophe Bond Issuance Breaks New Q1 Record: Aon Benfield Report

Catastrophe bond issuance for the first quarter reached a record $1.7 billion – higher than any other first quarter issuance in the history of the insurance linked securities sector (ILS), according to a report published by Aon Benfield Securities, the …

Amlin, Hiscox Say They Plan to Remain Independent Amid Flurry of M&As

Lloyd’s of London insurers Amlin plc and Hiscox Ltd. both said they have enough scale to stay independent and see no need to find a buyer amid a flurry of deals in the industry. Both insurers reported lower full-year pretax …

Catastrophe Bond Issuance Reaches Record Levels: Aon Benfield Report

Property catastrophe bond issuance for the fourth quarter 2014 stood at USD$2.1 billion across six separate transactions, contributing to a record annual property catastrophe bond issuance of USD$8.0 billion, according to a report published by Aon Benfield Securities, the investment …

Montpelier Re Launches Blue Capital – Investors’ Asset Management Platform

Bermuda-based Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd announced the launch of Blue Capital, an asset management platform offering a range of catastrophe reinsurance-linked investment products to institutional and retail investors. Montpelier Re’s President and CEO Chris Harris pointed out that the reinsurer …

Sandy to Have Limited Impact on Catastrophe Bond Market: Willis

Superstorm Sandy’s impact the catastrophe bond market is likely to be muted based on current estimates, with little impact on new pricing, according to Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA). The scope and scale of the storm makes it unlikely …

Capital Markets: A Threat or a Complement for Reinsurers?

Investments from the capital markets in various forms now provide around 14 percent of the total capital dedicated to providing reinsurance – approximately $35 billion [$17 billion in cat bonds] out of $250 billion. The question remains as to whether …