insurance linked securities (ILS) News

A.M. Best: Reinsurance Sector Faces New Reality Shaped by Abundant Capacity

The reinsurance market is operating in a new reality of abundant capacity from traditional and alternative sources, low interest rates and thinner reinsurance margins, driven by intense competition against shrinking demand for reinsurance cover, according to A.M. Best’s annual special …

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 …

ILS Puts Reinsurance Market on a New Course: Twelve Capital’s Butler Explains How

Zurich-based Twelve Capital is only five years old, but it, along with similar companies, has already fundamentally altered the reinsurance industry. It’s taken a remarkably short period of time for “alternative capital” to morph into “insurance linked securities (ILS),” and …

Q2 Cat Bonds Issuance Nearly $3 Billion: Aon Securities Report

Aon Securities, the investment banking division of global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor Aon Benfield, has released its latest report –”Insurance-Linked Securities Second Quarter 2015 Update” – on the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector, which analyses the key trends witnessed in …

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 …

Guy Carpenter Confirms Slowing of Pricing Declines in June Renewals

Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC, has reported that “after two years of price decreases averaging 15 percent on U.S. property catastrophe placements, risk-adjusted pricing moderated at the most recent June renewals. “Price declines moderated to decreases averaging in the high …

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 …