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April 2009/1

  • Allianz’s 2008 Blue Coast cat bond has been placed on negative watch due to fears that hurricanes Ike and Gustav will trigger a loss on it. If the bond were to suffer a loss it would be the six
  • An anticipated $3bn in insurance linked securities (ILS) issuance for 2009 will not provide much-needed net growth to the market, but will only replace capacity from maturing deals, according to indu
  • Nephila-backed weather risk service WeatherBill has launched a screen-based underwriting and trading platform. The WeatherBill White Label platform enables any third party to offer weather coverage t
  • Temporarily distracted by tempting returns in other asset classes, multi-strategy investors consider insurance-linked securities (ILS) as a solid diversifying asset and demonstrate a high tolerance o
  • Investors in the $33.5mn class G notes of closed sidecar Puma Capital are still vulnerable to losses from Hurricane Ike, despite the vehicle ceasing to write new business in April of last year. The $
  • The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has acquired the Carvill Hurricane Index from the erstwhile broker, renamed it CME Hurricane Index (CHI) and appointed risk modeller EQECAT as calculation agent
  • The ILS sector is maturing and now offers sufficient breadth and depth – through sidecars, catastrophe bonds, insurance-linked derivatives and other products – to provide real risk transf
  • Nephila-backed weather risk service WeatherBill has launched a screen-based underwriting and trading platform. The WeatherBill White Label platform enables any third party to offer weather coverage t
  • Dedicated insurance-linked derivatives broker Myrias LLC is developing a screen-based trading platform, aimed at standardising the trading of industry loss warranties (ILW) and cat bonds in the secon
  • The latest cat bond to hit the market – Allianz’s upsized $180mn Blue Fin II – has eschewed the traditional total return swap (TRS) structure to invest collateral in notes issued b
  • A hardening market at 1 April – fuelled by reinsurer capital constraints and the ever-present Florida question – has caused insurers to enter the market early for 1/6 and 1/7 renewals, i
  • Bermudian insurance-linked investment manager Pentelia Capital Management has tapped the Japanese investor market to raise $132mn for a new dedicated cat fund – Eolia Diamond Ltd. Pentelia R
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