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19 January 2018

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Blue Capital posts 24.85% loss for 2017

Blue Capital has reported that the net asset value (NAV) of its Blue Capital Alternative Income Fund dropped by 24.85 percent during 2017, according to an announcement on the London Stock ExchangeRead more

Liberty Mutual to sell life business for $3.3bn

Lincoln Financial Group has agreed to purchase Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston from Liberty Mutual for $3.3bnRead more

Markel Catco fund posts 27.6% 2017 loss after boosting reserves

The Catco Reinsurance Opportunities Fund made a worse-than-forecast 27.6 percent loss for investors in 2017 after its fund manager significantly added to its wildfire reserves in DecemberRead more

RenRe invests in Catalina

Renaissance Re has made a minority investment in run-off specialist Catalina, it confirmed in a press release yesterdayRead more

European storm Friederike economic losses to be in the hundreds of millions

Economic losses from this month's European storm Friederike are expected to reach into the hundreds of millions of Euros, Aon Benfield have saidRead more

Convergence capital grew 9% in 2017: GC

Convergence reinsurance capital rose by 9 percent throughout 2017, from $75bn to $82bn, Guy Carpenter said in its January renewals reportRead more

Langhorne Re follow-ups could bolster RenRe life AuM

Vision Fund launches climate insurance scheme

Leadenhall backs $165mn Australian life launch

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Sidecar returns down 13% post-HIM

A group of sidecars tracked by Trading Risk took losses of 13.0 percent on average between July and October as the fallout from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria took its tollRead more

Brokers: reinsurers pushed back on 1.1 rate increases

A smooth reloading of ILS capital and a glut of capacity contributed to catastrophe reinsurance rates rising by less than reinsurers had pushed for following last year's losses, brokers said in early post-renewals reportsRead more

New sponsors take 2017 cat bond issuance to $11.1bn

Cat bond volumes reached $11.1bn in 2017, according to Trading Risk records, as new sponsors Validus Re and Covea wrapped up fourth quarter deals in a record year for issuanceRead more

Sidecar traffic jam: but will reinsurer vehicles last the course?

There was a fresh surge of reinsurer sidecar launches during the January renewals, in a signal that further carriers are belatedly recognising the value of managing third-party capitalRead more

Flavour of the week

Diversification has been the flavour of the week for my colleagues writing comment pieces over the past few days, influenced by developments such as RenaissanceRe's move to invest in legacy and life risksRead more

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The Trading Floor Interview: Luca Tres

Luca Tres, head of life at Securis, says the life ILS sector needs to steer clear of leveraged asset plays, which could fail if the wider markets collapseRead 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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