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December 2016/1

  • RMS said its medium term rate (MTR) hurricane model, which is to be released next year, is likely to show a 5 to 15 percent drop in average anticipated losses in a reflection of the quiet seasons of 2014-2016.
  • Sensitivity-case hurricane risk modelling has become the ILS market's standard currency, but would shifting to the base-case scenarios provide greater stability for investors and underwriters?
  • Industry loss warranty (ILW) purchasing by ILS funds has helped to drive incremental volumes in the niche sector in 2016, market participants said.
  • A new regulatory landscape and M&A activity created opportunities for the life sector in 2016, as more companies looked to the ILS sector to transfer risk.
  • It has been a sponsors' market in 2016, with undersupply meaning reinsurers have been able to exceed target sizes and secure favourable pricing.
  • The Kumamoto earthquake in April was the most expensive catastrophe for insurers this year with insured losses of $5bn, according to Swiss Re Sigma estimates.
  • 2016 has been a year of diverging strategies for ILS fund managers, with some chasing expansion in specialty reinsurance and others focusing on branching out into new spheres of catastrophe exposure.
  • Lloyd's worries; Nine Merchants; Scor CoCo; PSERS adds RenRe; Silverton renews; Athene IPO; Fronting start-up; New ILS launch; Ironshore sale
  • Oppenheimer ILS fund gains; PGGM eyeing ILS expansion; Blue Capital weather fund
  • Albourne Partners senior analyst and partner Michael Hamer said developing a reporting template for insurance funds would be a "win-win" for investors and ILS managers.
  • Nephila's Lloyd's business is among the fastest growing in the market after the syndicate nearly doubled its capacity for next year to £228mn ($289mn).
  • Markdowns to the Gator Re cat bonds in late November caused average cat bond spreads to spike heading into the end of the year, according to data from RMS.