insurance linked securities (ILS) News

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 …

Allianz Expects Blockchain Tech to Expedite Cat Bond Deals

German insurer Allianz expects the technology underpinning virtual currency bitcoin to encourage trading in catastrophe bonds, which transfer the risk of natural disasters such as hurricanes to investors. “Cat bond” payments between insurers and investors can take weeks or even …

Ongoing Soft Market Tops Reinsurers’ Concerns: Xuber Survey

Soft market conditions continue to be the biggest concern for the industry, followed by regulation, competition from third party capital, low investment returns, cyber crime and maintaining underwriting discipline, according to a survey completed by Xuber, the insurance software business …

XL Catlin Launches Team to Focus on Alternative Risk Transfer Products

XL Catlin’s insurance operations has launched a new team to focus on alternative risk transfer and non-traditional insurance globally. The team, named Structured Risk Solutions (SRS), is a dedicated global underwriting unit charged with providing XL Catlin’s clients with customized solutions …

Reinsurance Rates Continued Stabilization Trend at June Renewal; Florida Down Just 3.1%: JLT

Reinsurance rate declines continued to slow at the June 1 renewal, reaffirming a trend of gradual price stabilization that first emerged during last year’s June renewal season, according to reinsurance brokerage JLT Re. JLT Re’s index for Florida property catastrophe …