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April 2016/1

  • ILS investors responded to new cat bonds at both ends of the risk-return spectrum with strong demand in a diverse and record-setting first quarter.
  • Upcoming changes to ratings agency AM Best's Capital Adequacy Ratio (BCAR) could penalise ILS markets over rated carriers, Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA) said in its first quarter ILS report
  • Collateral lock-ups could drag down ILS investor returns by 15-20 percent of long-term expected profits for deals with a moderate chance of loss, according to research by Milliman.
  • More than a decade on from the devastating 2004-05 hurricane season, scientists are beginning to debate whether to call an end to a cycle of more active Atlantic cyclone activity
  • The world's biggest catastrophe cedant Zenkyoren achieved a 7.5 percent rate reduction at 1 April as it purchased a new 200bn yen ($1.77bn) top layer, sister publication The Insurance Insider reported
  • Demand for Florida reinsurance cover could drop this year if both the state's insurer and reinsurer choose not to buy new protection, Aon Benfield said in its April renewals report
  • At the 1 April reinsurance renewal season the market softened for the fourth consecutive year, but reductions have slowed from those achieved a year ago
  • A group of reinsurer sidecars tracked by Trading Risk posted average returns of just above 5 percent in the three months to 31 January, implying they are on track to deliver annualised returns in the low 20 percent range
  • Allied World Q1 premium drop; Ontario Teachers'sells ANV; Alternative capital hits $72bn: Aon Benfield; RMS on Ecuador quake; Record rainfall floods Texas...
  • A state-owned enterprise in China is seeking $100mn for a possible corporate cat bond
  • Modelling firm AIR Worldwide said insured losses from the earthquakes that struck the southern Japanese island of Kyushu earlier this month could be between 180bn yen ($1.7bn) and 320bn yen ($2.9bn)
  • Aeolus became one of the top 10 absolute return managers for the Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) in its 2015 fiscal year