insurance linked securities (ILS) News

Catastrophe Bonds Risk Subprime Slice-Up, Swiss Re Says

Swiss Re, Europe’s second-biggest reinsurer, said regulators should prevent catastrophe bonds from being repackaged like subprime mortgages. “It’s important for traditional players like us and regulators that we make sure we don’t get into a situation where you start having …

Walkiewicz and Guo Appointed Willis Capital Markets & Advisory Co-CEOs

Willis Group Holdings has confirmed Rafal Walkiewicz and Michael Guo as co-CEOs to lead Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA), the firm’s insurance investment banking business. They will succeed Tony Ursano, who has led WCMA since 2009. “WCMA advises clients …

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 …

PERILS Updates Insurance Industry Exposure Database & Adds Austria

Catastrophe insurance data provider PERILS AG announced the release of the 2015 update for its Industry Exposure Database (IED), “contains updated market-wide property sums insured for European windstorm for the following eleven countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the …

Guy Carpenter Explains ‘Collateralized Reinsurance’ Transactions

Guy Carpenter has provided an answer to a rarely asked question, but one which increasingly affects insurers and reinsurers: namely, what’s involved in a collateralized reinsurance transaction? Guy Carp explained that it “is one in which a market creates a …

Bermuda States It Will Fight to Remain Top Domicile for ILS

The Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX) has issued a lengthy defense of its primary position as the “domicile of choice” for insurance linked securities (ILS); pointing out that 57 percent of such securities issued in 2014 were handled on the island, …

Reinsurance Execs See Market Adjusting to New Realities

Aon Benfield’s Reinsurance Market Analysis describes the participants as having “reached the end of a 15 year journey, featuring chronological stages of alternative capital’s significance, completion and finally disruption.” From the interviews with two  reinsurance industry executives that seems to …

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 …

A.M. Best: Reinsurers Need Underwriting Discipline in Competitive Market

Increasing competition and lower underwriting margins in the reinsurance market highlights the importance of disciplined underwriting, according to an A.M. Best briefing entitled “Global Reinsurers: Who Will Gain Despite All the Pain?” “The market is expected to remain challenging in …

Competitive Pressures Mount for Reinsurers

Reinsurers are being squeezed by price competition and subdued demand from insurers for their products, and traditional mergers may not be enough to save those that lack either global reach or specialized focus. Medium-sized, “me-too” reinsurers are ripe for consolidation, …