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What institutional investors want

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The data shows that institutional investors remain attracted to insurance-linked funds. Investors are looking for modest returns, larger allocations...

2016 fund returns

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2016 saw higher losses and lower returns for reinsurance assets compared to 2015. As catastrophe bond yields fell, the resulting mark-to-market...

January 1 2017 Pricing Data

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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...

A near miss and a big opportunity

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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...

Known unknowns

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What premium should the owners of the Empire State Building pay for terrorism insurance in 2017? Insurers and reinsurers often need to quantify...

Q3 2016 pricing update

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A quarterly review of reinsurance pricing metrics The third quarter is a slow month for trading reinsurance and, by itself, the thin...

Hurricane Matthew (and Nicole) – Live Blog

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

What comes next? Mid Season Hurricane Update

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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...

Monte Carlo 2016 – live blog

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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...

Bermuda leads the way

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A new study by InsuranceLinked estimates that 38% of global ILS fund assets are managed by firms that are headquartered in Bermuda. Specialist...

Q2 2016 pricing update

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Rate reductions have continued over the last 12 months, but the rate of rate reductions has also continued to reduce.  Four charts illustrate...

Increased risk of Gulf hurricanes in 2016

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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...

The Florida reinsurance market – 2016

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June 1 is the inception date for most contracts in the bellwether Florida reinsurance market. Florida hurricane exposure is the most significant...

First quarter pricing update

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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...

The case for ILS as a responsible investment

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Responsible investment strategies have experienced rapid growth in recent years. One report estimates that $6.6 trillion (18%) of US domiciled...

Davos – What a difference a year makes

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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...

Rates fall more slowly

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Data from brokers shows that property reinsurance rates have continued to fall in 2016 but more slowly than in previous years. At the...

Steady as she goes

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Last month, billionaire investor, Carl Icahn, noted that "unfortunately... the meltdown in high yield is just beginning". While junk bond yields...

Under pressure – MultiCat Mexico C

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When the National Hurricane Center publishes its 2015 end of season report, the contents will be more than academic for ILS investors. The...

Live from Bermuda – Convergence 2015

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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...

Pricing update – third quarter 2015

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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...

Car safety – a new paradigm?

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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...

Monte Carlo 2015 – live blog

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This week, Monte Carlo isn’t filled with film stars or Formula One drivers but with reinsurance executives from around the world who have congregated...

Monte Carlo analysis

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It’s a business whose prospects have turned for the worse and there is not much we can do about it - Warren Buffett (May 2015) In...

Cyber insurance

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Cyber cover is one of the few parts of the insurance market where demand often exceeds supply. As the insurance industry searches for ways to grow,...

Pricing update – second quarter 2015

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The latest pricing data shows that falls in reinsurance rates are slowing. For some structures, returns have improved materially since the beginning...

Mergers and acquisitions – the tangled web

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It has been a busy few months for M&A in the reinsurance sector. Here are some of the deals that have been making headlines during the last...

The times, they are a changin’

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In the final part of a series of articles on the differences between models and reality, Robert Medeiros examines how changes in the US insurance...

First quarter pricing update

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The latest Industry Loss Warranty prices from Guy Carpenter indicate that US hurricane rates continued to slip in the first quarter, but recent...