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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority expanded its ILS portfolio in 2020

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), a sovereign wealth investment fund owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and tasked with investing funds on behalf of the Government of the Emirate, expanded its insurance-linked securities (ILS) allocations last year, as it put an increasing emphasis on asset classes that offer relatively uncorrelated returns.

ADIA first allocated to the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market back in 2019, putting around $550 million into deployments across a range of ILS fund managers, across catastrophe bonds, collateralized reinsurance and also possibly retrocession.

In 2020, ADIA’s Alternative Investments Department (AID) completed more transactions than in any previous year, as the sovereign wealth investor placed a growing emphasis on sourcing diversified returns from new and niche asset classes.


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