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Record April issuance boosts cat bond trading, as pipeline builds

Trading of catastrophe bond notes in the secondary market has picked up in the last few weeks as cat bond fund managers and investors look to adjust their portfolios to accommodate the brisk flow of newly issued deals, helped in part by a record over $2 billion of issuance in April 2023, by Artemis’ numbers.

We’ve been tracking catastrophe bond issuance since the market began in the Artemis Deal Directory and the $2.05 billion of new cat bond issuance that we recorded in April 2023 was a record.

You can track catastrophe bond issuance by year, as well as by type of transaction and year, and also by month and year, using Artemis’ extensive range of charts and visualisations.

The catastrophe bond and related ILS market did not set any records through the first-quarter of the year, although issuance was healthy.


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