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Stone Ridge invests $30mn with Aeolus in mid-year renewals

Stone Ridge Asset Management allocated $30mn to Bermudian retro writer Aeolus in May, according to the latest quarterly reports from the US fund managerRead more

Pioneer launches new dedicated ILS fund

Pioneer Investment Management has launched a new ILS fund offering that will invest in cat bonds and reinsurance quota share vehicles, according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filingsRead more

Alternative capacity could grow to take on 50% of cat market

Fermat Capital managing principal Brett Houghton said that alternative capital could take a 50 percent or greater share of global property catastrophe limit in the future as the ILS investor base continues to growRead more

AM Best drafts ILS fund rating criteria

AM Best is seeking opinions on its draft criteria for rating ILS fund portfoliosRead more

ILS funds gain 0.82 percent in August

Average ILS fund returns for August totalled 0.82 percent, as measured by the Eurekahedge ILS Advisers IndexRead more

IBM’s UK pension plan commits $50mn to Nephila

The UK pension scheme of technology conglomerate IBM committed $50mn to invest in Nephila Capital's Iron Catastrophe Fund as of 1 January 2014, according to the scheme's most recent annual reportRead more

Pricing closes on TWIA’s $500mn muni bonds

Nephila provides hedging capacity for NY wind farm project

UN to push for 2020 climate stress test target

News analysis

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Sidecar returns stack up

A handful of reinsurer sidecars accrued average returns of 3.8 percent during the first four months of 2014, according to the latest results from mutual fund manager Stone RidgeRead more

Softening stings short-tail carriers in Q2

Short-tail cat specialists came under pressure during the second quarter of 2014 as softening market conditions hit the peer group's results at multiple angles, according to analysis by The Insurance Insider's Data RoomRead more

ILS funds: weighing up the cost advantage

ILS fund managers may write as much as four times the amount of premium per employee as rated reinsurers, according to Trading Risk estimatesRead more

Sector spotlight: Aviation

Aviation rates are poised to rise after a year of heavy losses for the niche insurance market, with Brit Insurance CEO Mark Cloutier predicting rates could increase by up to 50 percentRead more

The crowded Grand Prix grid

One of the questions the reinsurance market has been grappling with over the past year is how to make a "strategic sidecar" workRead more

Trading Places

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The Trading Floor Interview: Jennifer Montero

Jennifer Montero, chief financial officer at Citizens Property Insurance, worked on the placement of the largest-ever cat bond this year, the $1.5bn Everglades Re 2014 issuance. She tells Trading Risk why she believes in treating all counterparties equallyRead more

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TR Sifma 2014

Trading Risk Sifma Rountable 2014

As the traditional market met the capital markets head on with aggressive price reductions last year, the question now turns to what will differentiate the ILS sector in 2014 and beyondRead more

TR Market Survey

Trading Risk Market Survey 2013

The convergence industry expects another rosy year according to the annual Trading Risk Market Survey, with investor inflows forecast to continue their momentum in 2013Read more

TR MC RT 2013 cover

Trading Risk Monte Carlo Roundtable 2013

If the convergence community was fed up with being talked about at the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous, the annual Trading Risk roundtable was its chance to be heardRead more

TR Sifma RT

Trading Risk Sifma Roundtable 2013

This was our inaugural Sifma roundtable, hosted during what turned out to be a bumper conference for the industry with a record level of participants taking over the hotel corridors to debate the growing prominence and power of alternative market capacityRead more

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