Alternative reinsurance capital could be more relevant than ever: S&P

Alternative capital could be “more relevant than ever” in the global reinsurance industry and has a chance to grow, at a time when reinsurers are looking to manage their volatility more tightly and pulling-back in some quarters such as catastrophe risks, according to S&P Global Ratings. In updating its analysis of the global reinsurance sector, […]

Reinsurance capital shrinks, ILS market share grows to 15%: Gallagher Re

Alternative reinsurance capital, so the capacity deployed through insurance-linked securities (ILS) structures including catastrophe bonds, has remained relatively flat since 2021, but with traditional reinsurance capital having shrunk, the ILS market’s share has increased, according to Gallagher Re. In a report released today, broker Gallagher Re highlights the decline in traditional reinsurance market capital, as […]

Investment volatility to constrain China Re earnings: S&P

Analysts at S&P Global Ratings have warned that investment market volatility will constrain China Reinsurance (Group) Corp.’s earnings, potentially eating into its capital buffer and potentially eclipsing the progress it has made in overhauling its underwriting. The rating agency notes that China Re is more susceptible to credit and market risks than its international peers […]

Climate change stimulates catastrophe bond market development: Fitch

In a new report, rating agency Fitch states that climate change is stimulating the development of the catastrophe bond market, as demand for protection rises and the capital markets offers an efficient source of reinsurance against climate-linked catastrophe events. While the reinsurance market is facing challenges from macro-economic factors such as inflation, a persistent threat […]

Cat bond spreads widened in the secondary market as H1 drew to a close: Aon

Spreads in the secondary market for catastrophe bonds began to widen towards the levels seen for primary cat bond transactions as the first-half of the year drew to a close, broker-dealer Aon Securities has said. Commenting on secondary cat bond market conditions through the second-quarter of 2022, Aon Securities, the investment banking and broker-dealer unit […]

Catastrophe bond market positioned for next stage of growth: Swiss Re

The trend of increased new issuance volume in catastrophe bonds is expected to continue, with positive growth of the cat bond market expected as a result, according to Swiss Re Capital Markets. The capital markets and broker-dealer entity of the Swiss Re reinsurance group expects that insurance-linked securities (ILS) in catastrophe bond form will continue […]

ILS funds free COVID trapped capital through commutations: AM Best

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund managers have been working to free trapped capital related to possible COVID pandemic related losses in European reinsurance contracts, with commutations being pursued, AM Best has reported. In a wide-ranging ILS market report from the rating agency, one of the most interesting insights is that AM Best believes efforts to release […]

Cyber ILS market growth to be slow, as investors still hesitant: S&P

Many insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors remain hesitant about allocating capital to cyber insurance and reinsurance risks, which leads rating agency S&P Global to suggest growth of a cyber ILS market will likely be slow in the short to medium term. With market conditions for insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors seen as improving after several difficult years […]

Era of catastrophe-focused traditional reinsurers may be over: AM Best

The era of catastrophe-focused traditional reinsurers appears to be over, rating agency AM Best announced today, as the pulling-back continues in some quarters, while the addition of more diversifying lines of business accelerates among once cat-specialist US and Bermuda based reinsurance firms. AM Best explained in a recent report that the catastrophe exposed regions of […]

ILS industry has tools to tame inflation: Lohmann, Schroders Capital ILS

While the insurance-linked securities (ILS) industry cannot avoid inflationary effects completely, the structures utilised have some tools embedded that allow ILS managers to tame the effects of inflation on their portfolios, according to Dirk Lohmann, Chairman, Schroders Capital ILS. In a recent paper, Lohmann gives an insightful overview of the threats inflation can pose to […]