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Michael Coles is the managing director of Coles Advisory Partners. He discusses how the last few years have seen an unprecedented level of technological innovation in the insurance industry and what that might mean for the future of insurers, reinsurers and ILS funds. Users...

The search for yield means that more and more Japanese investors are putting money into catastrophe bonds. Asuka Asset Management Co.’s $52 million Asuka Insurance Linked Opportunities Strategy fund mainly invests in such notes. It said interest from Japanese pension funds, already accounting for more than 90 percent of holdings...

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What are some of the most exciting developments in distribution? How might that affect ILS funds? The re/insurance value chain is quite elongated, and there are a lot of premiums coming out of it. The reason we're excited about distribution...

For most insurers and reinsurers, an AM Best rating is a requirement of doing business. The rating agency uses quantitative and qualitative models to evaluate both the market as a whole and individual firms. These models...

A new study by InsuranceLinked estimates that 38% of global ILS fund assets are managed by firms that are headquartered in Bermuda. Specialist ILS funds and related service providers employed approximately 400...

Rate reductions have continued over the last 12 months, but the rate of rate reductions has also continued to reduce.  Four charts illustrate current pricing levels and how this is affecting reinsurance and ILS returns. This...

NASA's Dr Tim Hall has run his multi-factor model and read the tea leaves. In 2016, the  chance of landfalling hurricanes in the southern states is significantly higher than the long term average. Mississippi has...

June 1 is the inception date for most contracts in the bellwether Florida reinsurance market. Florida hurricane exposure is the most significant risk to many reinsurance companies and ILS funds. The the mix of catastrophe...

In November 2012, Kweku Adoboli was imprisoned for seven years for a fraud that cost UBS over $2 billion. Rival Swiss bank Credit Suisse is now in the process of placing a bond that will protect it from operational...

US ILW prices have held steady since the beginning of the year and secondary cat bond yields finished the quarter at a similar level to 12 months earlier. But talk of the bottom of the market may be wishful thinking...

AXA recently bought 46% of microinsurance intermediary MicroEnsure. In this interview, MicroEnsure's CEO explains how a radical simplification of insurance products combined with new, innovative distribution channels...

Year-end earnings calls were full of a new piece of jargon over the last few weeks. "InsurTech" describes a rapidly evolving group of technology startups that are trying (and succeeding) to disrupt...

Eugene Gurenko is a Lead Insurance Specialist at the joint World Bank/IFC Finance and Markets Global Practice. He has worked at the World Bank Group since 1998 where he has helped to develop catastrophe risk management...

Responsible investment strategies have experienced rapid growth in recent years. One report estimates that $6.6 trillion (18%) of US domiciled assets are engaged in responsible investment practices. Robert Howie...

At last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos, many of the world’s most influential people (and Bono) spent the week discussing humanity’s most significant challenges. Delegates found that this year's biggest challenges...

Data from brokers shows that property reinsurance rates have continued to fall in 2016 but more slowly than in previous years. At the key January renewal season reinsurance, retrocession and industry loss...

Last month, billionaire investor, Carl Icahn, noted that "unfortunately... the meltdown in high yield is just beginning". While junk bond yields have soared, reinsurance rates have continued to decline. These two...

A seasonal round-up of the big stories of 2015. Happy holidays. On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... Twelve tropical depressions As predicted by Tim...

When the National Hurricane Center publishes its 2015 end of season report, the contents will be more than academic for ILS investors. The $100m MultiCat Mexico C could face a total default based on the published...

The glut of reinsurance capital has disrupted parts of the industry, but the insurance industry as a whole continues to post strong results. Nick Martin takes a look at third quarter earnings. Nick Martin is...

"...usually, over time, consolidation results in opportunities for more-nimble participants to capitalise on the missteps of a big organisation." In the first part of his interview, Dirk Lohmann, discusses...

The first part of the interview is available here. Do you see the ILS sector branching out into new non-catastrophe risk areas? I wrote an article about seven years ago on this, saying that you could use insurance...

In 2017, Bermuda will host the 35th America's cup. The build up to the oldest trophy in international sport is well underway and attracting a new kind of visitor to the island. Jimmy Spithill is a remarkable...

Guy Carpenter is a leading reinsurance broker with over 50 offices around the world. As Vice Chairman, David Priebe is responsible for advising some the world's largest insurance companies on their reinsurance strategies....

In the second part of his interview, David Priebe discusses the how the reinsurance business is being affected by the rise of 'alternative' reinsurers and the recent wave of M&A. Part one can be found here. How is consolidation...

Few reinsurance deals are negotiated in the third quarter, so pricing data is sparse. However, the data from the cat bond and ILW markets indicates little change over the last 12 months. June and July saw...

Auto premiums account for close to half of global non-life insurance - but cars are about to get much, much safer. Electric cars will be safer than gasoline ones and driverless cars are likely to be safer still. At...