insurance linked securities (ILS) News

RMS Opens Office in Sydney to Support Client Growth in Australia, New Zealand

RMS, the Newark, Calif.-based global risk modeling and analytics firm, has opened a new office in Sydney, Australia, as part of its drive to support clients’ expansion in the Australian and New Zealand markets. The focus will be to help …

Investors Remain Committed to ILS Market Despite Q3 Catastrophes: WTW

ILS investors are responding to the recent spate of natural disasters by making their payments to ceding companies, while continuing to raise more money and preparing to make new investments, according to Willis Towers Watson Securities. None of the third …

Blockchain Used as Settlement Mechanism for Cat Bond with Parametric Trigger

Financial markets are showing some signs of volatility these days after exceptionally low indicators since the start of the 2017. The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, or VIX, is at its highest level this year. The VVIX Index, which …

World Bank Catastrophe Bonds to Provide Mexico with Disaster Cover of $360M

The World Bank Group issued its largest catastrophe bond, providing Mexico with financial protection of as much as $360 million against losses from tropical cyclones and earthquakes. Mexico is among the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters, the bank said …

Catastrophe Bond Market Breaks New Records in 2nd Quarter, 1st Half: Aon Study

Catastrophe bond issuance during the second quarter stood at US$6.38 billion across 20 transactions – a new record for quarterly issuance that surpassed the previous record of US$4.49 billion set in Q2 2014, according to a report issued 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. …

Neon Appoints Argo’s Gibson as Reinsurance & Alternative Capital Director

Neon announced it has hired Mark Gibson as Reinsurance and Alternative Capital director, reporting to Managing Director Ian Martin. Gibson is responsible for developing Neon’s outwards reinsurance program and third party capital strategy. With 30 years’ experience in the sector, …

Neon Appoints Argo’s Gibson as Reinsurance & Alternative Capital Director

Neon announced it has hired Mark Gibson as Reinsurance and Alternative Capital director, reporting to Managing Director Ian Martin. Gibson is responsible for developing Neon’s outwards reinsurance program and third party capital strategy. With 30 years’ experience in the sector, …

Soft Rates Begin to Hit Results – But Pain Continues at Mid-Year Renewals: Willis Re

Despite the deterioration many reinsurers saw in the first quarter, mid-year renewals continued their downward pricing trajectory, according to Willis Re in a recent report. Indeed, underlying loss and expense ratios for many reinsurers are showing a worrying trend of …

Validus ILS Unit AlphaCat Names AQR’s Van der Stichele as Portfolio Manager

AlphaCat Managers Ltd., the Bermuda-based subsidiary of Validus Holdings Ltd., announced the appointment of Bernard Van der Stichele to the position of portfolio manager for AlphaCat. In this new role, Van der Stichele will report to Lixin Zeng, chief executive …