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ILS investors cautious on lifting allocations

Major ILS investors PGGM and K2 said they had room to lift their allocations to the sector but were cautious on whether the rates opportunity after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria would justify this move, speaking during an investor panel at the Convergence 2017 event held in Bermuda this weekRead more

Twelve funds buy 5% stake in Heritage

Funds managed by Zurich-based ILS manager Twelve Capital have taken a 5 percent shareholding in Florida-based insurer Heritage, according to SEC filingsRead more

Secondary market shows price disparity post-HIM

Bid ranges for wind-exposed cat bonds, including high-risk layers sponsored by Floridian carriers and annual aggregate cat bonds, continued to vary hugely in October, Trading Risk data showedRead more

Alternative insurance triggers could boost growth: McGavick

Alternatives to traditional indemnity triggers could help boost low consumer levels of trust in the (re)insurance industry, XL CEO Mike McGavick said at the Convergence 2017 conference held in Bermuda this weekRead more

Analysts: Cat bonds to further strain Swiss Re

Swiss Re's cat bonds, which total $335mn, are likely to contribute to the group's third quarter losses, according to Jeffries Equity AnalystsRead more

Hurricanes and Mexico quakes to cost Swiss Re $3.6bn

Swiss Re has estimated third quarter pre-tax losses from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (HIM) and the two Mexican earthquakes at $3.6bn, net of retrocessionRead more

Willis: Significant ILS price rises not expected

Brown joins Swiss Re from GC Securities

Blue Capital takes 26% hit to NAV in September

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Reinsurance capital cushioned for HIM blow

The 2017 catastrophe losses may have come at a time when reinsurers' margins are suffering after years of rate cuts, but the industry's capital position is stronger than at any time since the 1970s, says JLT Re's global head of analytics David FlandroRead more

The keys to unlocking trapped collateral

Soft market conditions may have set the scene for longer potential collateral lock-ups after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, but early negotiations on settlements are still likely, market observers saidRead more

2017 challenges cat loss records

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria (HIM) have put 2017 on course to become one of the insurance industry's most expensive years ever, with a high share of claims going to the reinsurance marketRead more

Puerto Rico loss falls to traditional market

Puerto Rico insured losses are likely to fall to a somewhat concentrated group of reinsurers including Lloyd's syndicates and Munich Re, according to regulatory filings analysed by sister publication The Insurance InsiderRead more

The reinsurance feedback loop

Reinsurance underwriters might have found themselves in the industry equivalent of the Christopher Nolan film Inception this year - unravelling a complicated loop of narrative threads spilling out from the nightmare losses of 2017Read more

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The Trading Floor Interview: Mirko Sartori

Taking on new perils may help ILS markets to compete outside the US, says the Generali executiveRead more

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TR Monte Carlo RT 2017

Trading Risk Monte Carlo Roundtable 2017

For the first time in years, finding a subject to talk about was not a problem at the industry's annual gathering in Monte Carlo. Hurricane Irma was the topic on everyone's minds as the storm battered Florida on the Sunday evening of the Rendez-VousRead more

TR MC RT 2016

Trading Risk Monte Carlo Roundtable 2016

2016 marked the 60th anniversary of the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous, and an extraordinarily humid conference for delegates rushing from meetings at the Café de Paris to the HermitageRead more

TR Awards 2017

Trading Risk Awards 2017

2016 was a challenging year for the ILS market, as cat bond issuance activity and fundraising intakes slowed down,while catastrophe activity returned to average levels after a couple of benign yearsRead more

TR Investor Guide H2 2017

Trading Risk Investor Guide H2 2017

Florida is truly the reinsurance market's risk hothouse. Its coastline produces the bulk of the ILS market's exposure, and Florida risks still squeeze out more profit for reinsurers than many other lines of businessRead more

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