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Deteriorating market conditions have not put off investors who continue to pour money into ILS funds. The AUM of the largest ILS funds grew by $13 billion over the last year. Here are five charts on the current state of the market. 1. In the year to June 2017, AUM growth...

Markel Catco reported a 3.94% return for ordinary shareholders in the Catco Reinsurance Opportunities Fund for the first half of 2017, as it avoided any major claims from the year's disaster events. The H1 return fell below the 4.86 percent gain reported in the same period last year, but the fund remains on track to deliver...

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It is now late enough in the year to get good readings on the two meteorological conditions that are known to correlate with hurricane activity. NASA's Tim Hall has run his model to predict a 29% higher frequency of...

The Florida peninsula is the most important market for property reinsurance in the world. Each summer, the third most populous state in the union braces itself for another Atlantic hurricane season. In...

The last 18 months has seen a surge in both funding and column inches devoted to InsurTech. Some incumbents have embraced the disruption while other firms are struggling to figure out their first move. Chris Sandilands...

Data from the first few months of 2017 shows that there has been a steep fall in the returns of new catastrophe bonds compared with those issued in the first quarter of 2016. The returns of bonds exposed to US...

Michael Millette is the Founder and Managing Partner of Hudson Structured Capital Management Ltd. Before that, he spent 21 years at Goldman Sachs where he was the Global Head of Structured Finance. In the first part...

In the second part his interview, Michael Millette discusses opportunities beyond natural catastrophe risk and how technology might change the structure of the industry. How has the capital markets investment in insurance...

The data shows that institutional investors remain attracted to insurance-linked funds. Investors are looking for modest returns, larger allocations and better ways to educate their stakeholders about insurance-linked...

2016 saw higher losses and lower returns for reinsurance assets compared to 2015. As catastrophe bond yields fell, the resulting mark-to-market bump improved the performance of those insurance-linked funds that deploy...

Reinsurance rates are at long term lows and have slipped again at the key January 1 renewal date. Following a stable period, new catastrophe bonds also priced at lower risk-adjusted rates in 2016 compared with 2015....

Two of the big stories in 2016 were Hurricane Matthew and the rapidly increasing interest in InsurTech. Nick Martin looks back at how close the insurance industry came to the worst loss in its history and how InsurTech...

The product warning that ‘past performance does not necessarily predict future results’ may be truer for insurance-linked funds than for any other asset class. The heavily skewed distributions of possible fund returns...

This is the second part of the article on the strategic choices made by insurance-linked funds. Click here to read part one. 5. Leverage. Some insurance-linked funds sit on cash, while others use leverage to amplify...

What premium should the owners of the Empire State Building pay for terrorism insurance in 2017? Insurers and reinsurers often need to quantify the risk of events occurring where there is no relevant data to analyse...

A quarterly review of reinsurance pricing metrics The third quarter is a slow month for trading reinsurance and, by itself, the thin data is inconclusive about which way the market is heading. But many participants...

InsuranceLinked and NASA's Tim Hall are following the latest developments of Hurricane Matthew. Over the next few days, we will be posting on the latest meteorological forecasts and the likely market impact. ...

NASA’s Dr Tim Hall gives his prognosis for the rest of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season and asks whether the frequency of hurricanes at the end of the season is affected by how things started. Hurricane...

This week, insurance executives from around the world are hard at work in the Principality of Monaco. If you couldn't make the 60th 'Rendez Vous de Septembre', InsuranceLinked's live blog is the next best thing. ...

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...

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 people...

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...