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19 August 2017

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Markel Catco avoids H1 losses but returns slow

Markel Catco reported a 3.94 percent return for ordinary shareholders in the Catco Reinsurance Opportunities Fund for the first half of 2017, as it avoided any major claims from the year's disaster eventsRead more

Bardon joins JLT's Bermuda retro team

JLT Re has appointed Nicolas Bardon as a partner in its Bermuda operation, reporting to head of office Guy HengesbaughRead more

Reinsurance protects QBE from catastrophe losses

QBE's catastrophe claims fell 5.2 percent in the first half to $219mn, as aggregate reinsurance recoveries kept net claims costs within budget, the company said in its earnings statement for the six months to 30 JuneRead more

IBM pension plan ILS stake grows

The sterling value of ILS assets held by IBM's UK pension plan increased by 24 percent during 2016 to reach £256.7mn, according to its latest annual reportRead more

US thunderstorms lead low H1 catastrophe tally

Insured disaster losses fell by 36 percent year-on-year to $23bn in the first half of the year, as fewer and less intense events occurred in the period, according to Swiss Re's latest Sigma reportRead more

Philippines launches $206mn cat risk scheme

The Philippines has unveiled a World Bank-backed $206mn catastrophe risk insurance programme to help the country better respond to losses from severe weather, earthquakes and other natural disastersRead more

City National announces ILW fund

PIH: Q2 losses due to storm activity

Reinsurers hit by soft market face more cat risk: S&P

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Sponsors command ILS market in Q2

The cat bond market was firmly in the hands of sponsors in the second quarter, with volumes setting a record in a frenetic period that pushed ILS pricing to new lowsRead more

ILS H1 returns continue to trail 2016

Average returns posted by a group of cat bond funds came to 0.68 percent in the second quarter of 2017, taking year-to-date gains to 1.36 percentRead more

Mixed bag in mid-year renewals

Reinsurance and retro buyers obtained further rate reductions at the 1 July renewals, although Australian catastrophe losses led to isolated price increasesRead more

European cat bond sponsors rethink collateral structures

European ILS sponsors and arrangers need to weigh up a number of considerations as they consider alternative collateral arrangements, write Robert Cannon and Matt Feig at CadwaladerRead more

Self-steering reinsurance

The ILS market has well and truly put its foot on the accelerator this year - with cat bond volumes setting new records and ILS managers competing hard in FloridaRead more

Trading Places

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The Trading Floor Interview: Karen Clark

Catastrophe modelling pioneer Karen Clark tells us why she thinks reinsurers could still be vulnerable to surprise hurricane lossesRead more

Research & Supplements

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TRIG spring 2017

Trading Risk Investor Guide H1 2017

Trading Risk was first launched in 2008 just before the crux of the financial crisis - a period that was ultimately to boost the fortunes of the ILS market, as it showed the value of a truly non-correlating asset classRead 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 MC RT 2015

Trading Risk Monte Carlo Roundtable 2015

The ILS market got the chance to step out of the reinsurance spotlight this year at Monte Carlo, after several years as one of the key talking points during the annual Rendez-VousRead more

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