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Reinsurance & third-party capital are key growth levers for insurers: Aon

After capital buffers were eroded for insurers in 2023, a renewed focus on reinsurance as a capital management and growth lever has emerged, while broker Aon says that reinsurance capital and third-party capital are expected to be two of the three main capital tools utilised in future. Aon polls insurers on their use of capital […]

UCITS cat bond fund assets near $12.2bn, up more than 11% YTD

The combined assets under management of the main catastrophe bond funds in the UCITS format have now surpassed $12 billion for the first time ever, nearing $12.2 billion by the end of May 2024 and now having risen by over 11% so far this year. Catastrophe bond funds in the UCITS format have experienced strong […]

Major solar storm could drive bigger insured loss than Katrina: Bloomberg

Analysis from Bloomberg Intelligence suggests participants in the insurance and reinsurance industry should be seriously considering how they protect themselves against the risks of losses from major solar storms, with the peril having the potential to be as costly as major hurricanes. “A major space storm could cost insurers even more than a hurricane like […]

NZ EQC adds $1bn to reinsurance tower, securing $9.2bn for 2024 renewal

New Zealand’s EQC Toka Tū Ake, previously known as the New Zealand Earthquake Commission, has added more limit to its reinsurance tower, lifting the top by $1 billion for 2024, in a renewal securing $9.2 billion of cover for disaster losses in the country. The EQC has been growing New Zealand’s disaster reinsurance protection over […]

CEA risk transfer tower stable at $9.1bn after near $1.2bn April renewal

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) has maintained its reinsurance and catastrophe bond tower at $9.1 billion in size through the start of 2024, with its most recent renewals for April 1st seeing the insurer securing almost $1.2 billion in protection. When we last covered the CEA, we reported that the group had reached December 31st […]

PGGM calls for more data and transparency in the ILS market

PGGM, the Dutch pension investment manager that is the largest single allocator to the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market on behalf of end-client pension PFZW, has issued a call for ILS fund managers to provide more data and transparency. Responding to the recent study published by Swiss based alternative asset advisory specialist SIGLO Capital Advisors AG, […]

UBS recommends maintaining ILS exposure, notes weather analysis key at mid-year

UBS Hedge Fund Solutions, a division of UBS Asset Management focused on managing and advising on a range of alternative assets for clients, has recommended maintaining exposure to insurance-linked securities (ILS), but in what could be a nod to hurricane season forecasts, noted that weather analysis is key around the reinsurance renewals this year. It’s […]

Recent cat bond market volatility evident between triggers and perils: Tenax

enax Capital, the London based hedge fund investment manager that operates a UCITS cat bond strategy, has analysed what it calls the “unusual” peak in volatility seen in recent weeks, which has resulted in the net risk margin gap widening between various perils. As well as a widening of the gaps between net risk margin […]

ILS fund diversity makes multiple ILS allocations a consideration: SIGLO research

The landscape of insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund products is relatively broad and diverse, even though the majority of ILS funds are crowded into similar sizes and target similar levels of risk, meaning that, for investors, there is value in considering multiple ILS allocations, according to SIGLO Capital Advisors AG. In fact, analysis undertaken by Swiss […]

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