insurance linked securities (ILS) News

Hiscox Expansion of ILS Activity Includes New Collaterized Capability, Rebranding

Insurer Hiscox said it is building a collateralized reinsurance insurance linked securities (ILS) capability for launch on January 1, 2017, in addition to expanding its fully-fronted ILS fund structures. The expanded ILS team is being rebranded as Hiscox Re Insurance …

Italy Earthquake Unlikely to Trigger 200M Euro Cat Bond Cover: Investors

A powerful earthquake in Italy on Wednesday is unlikely to force UnipolSai’s 200 million euro ($226 mln) catastrophe bond into default as the bond has low exposure to the affected region, the Italian insurer said. The earthquake devastated a string …

Soft Prices May Bring Reinsurer Losses when Typical Cat Levels Return: Execs

It won’t take another Hurricane Katrina for reinsurers to face losses from covering the cost of storms and earthquakes. Competitors such as hedge funds have eroded prices so much that a typical year of claims could move the industry into …

Sciemus’ Move into Specialty Underwriting: A Case of ‘Adapt and Thrive’

It was a case of adapt and thrive when modeling and analytics company Sciemus made a big strategic leap this year into underwriting space, power, mining, renewable energy and cyber—as a managing general agent. Despite the ongoing soft market, CEO …

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 …

Coastal Insurer UPC’s First Catastrophe Bond Provides It with $100M Cover

Swiss Re Capital Markets said it has structured and placed $100 million of insurance-linked securities (ILS) that cover named storms and earthquakes affecting certain coastal states of the U.S. The bonds have been issued by Laetere Re Ltd. on behalf …

Market Softening Slows but Rate Stabilization Is Elusive: Willis Re

The June/July 2016 renewal season has seen a continuation in market softening, though the magnitude of rate reductions is slowing, according to the latest 1st View Renewals report from Willis Re, the reinsurance business of Willis Towers Watson. Capacity withdrawals are …

Bermuda Market Associations Allay Fears of Brexit Contagion

Four leaders of Bermuda market groups quickly issued statements last week to allay any fears that the fallout from the UK’s Brexit vote would hit their market as well. “In a global economy, Bermuda is affected, like other nations, by …

London Re/Insurance Market Will Weather Brexit Storm: Execs

Brexit has created great uncertainty for the UK, the European Union and perhaps the world. Pretty much everyone agrees on that. But there is less agreement about how an EU exit will affect London’s financial center. Some are very gloomy …

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 …