alternative capital News

Jan. 1 Renewals Saw ‘Muted Impact’ from 2018’s Catastrophes: Guy Carpenter

The overall impact of catastrophe losses on property rates was muted at the Jan. 1, 2019 reinsurance renewals, but the fourth highest annual catastrophe loss year on record did create questions over pricing adequacy, underwriting strategy and the amount of …

Global Reinsurance Capital Is Resilient Despite Losses of $230B over 2 Years: Aon

Global reinsurance capital – comprising traditional and alternative capital – fell 2 percent in 2018 to US$595 billion from $605 billion in 2017, remaining resilient in the face of insured natural catastrophe losses of $230 billion over the two-year period, …

Liberty Mutual Again Taps Capital Markets Via Reinsurance Sidecar, Limestone Re

Liberty Mutual has once again directly tapped capital markets’ reinsurance capacity via the Bermuda collateralized reinsurance sidecar, Limestone Re Ltd. Limestone Re provides approximately $150 million of collateralized reinsurance capacity for Liberty’s U.S. property catastrophe program, as well as its …

Neon Sponsors 2nd ILS Transaction via UK Transformer Vehicle NCM Re

Neon announced it successfully has raised third party capital to support its second insurance linked securities (ILS) transaction through its UK-based transformer vehicle, NCM Re. This marks the first reinsurance renewal under the UK’s nascent regulatory regime for alternative capital …

AXA XL Buys 100% of New Ocean to Build Alternative Capital Business

AXA XL’s reinsurance operation has completed the acquisition of all third party ownership interests in its majority-owned asset management affiliate, New Ocean Capital Management Ltd. Financial details of the transaction were not released. New Ocean is now a wholly owned …

Neuberger Berman Expands ILS Platform with Purchase of Cartesian Re, Iris Re

Investment manager Neuberger Berman Group has acquired an asset manager and an affiliated reinsurer, which manage funds of more than $1 billion and focus on insurance-linked strategies. New York-based Cartesian Re and its Bermuda affiliate Iris Re were purchased from …

Insurance Linked Securities Move from ‘Alternative’ to Mainstream: WTW Survey

The insurance-linked securities (ILS) market is here to stay, said a new survey from Willis Towers Watson. End investors, ILS funds, and buyers – the three groups active in ILS – have predominantly weathered 2017 loss activity and accept that …

Reinsurance Capacity Remains Abundant for Mid-Year Renewals: Aon Benfield

Global reinsurer capital continued to rise in 2017, despite the US$136 billion in insured losses from natural catastrophes last year, according to a reinsurance market report published by Aon Benfield. Indeed, capital levels stood at US$605 billion at Dec. 31, …

Alternative Capital Responds to 2017 Catastrophes with ‘Show of Strength’: Aon Benfield

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria represented the first real test of the staying power of the alternative capital sector, which has responded with a show of strength by continuing to fund reinsurance capacity, according to a report published by Aon …

ILS Issuance in Q2 Breaks New Record at $6.3B: Willis Towers Watson

Non-life insurance-linked securities (ILS) issuance reached a record-breaking $6.3 billion in Q2 2017, continuing the trend from the first quarter of the year, according to a report by Willis Towers Watson Securities, the investment banking business of Willis Towers Watson. …