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July 2009/1

  • Former Magnetar Capital portfolio manager Pete Vloedman is launching his own insurance-linked investment vehicle, Anchor Risk Advisors LLC, Trading Risk can reveal. Vloedman left alternative asset ma
  • Tony Ursano – CEO of Willis capital markets and advisory – has hired seven former colleagues from Banc of America (BofA) Securities to boost the new group. Former co-head of equity capita
  • US law firm Cozen O’Connor has flagged its interest in the trading risk universe by launching a capital markets group with expertise in insurance-linked securities (ILS). The group will advise
  • Senior convergence industry experts have contributed to a comprehensive teaching and reference guide to the sector – The Handbook of Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) – published this mon
  • Ratings agency Moody’s Investor Service has withdrawn its ratings on the notes and loans of Hannover Re’s 2008 hybrid sidecar vehicle – the $133mn Globe Re – on repayment of t
  • Changes in the accounting treatment of insurance-linked securities and derivatives are set to boost the convergence sector, as the European directive Solvency II recognises the instruments as “
  • North Carolina’s state-backed catastrophe insurance plans, the Joint Underwriting Association and the North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association, (NCJUA/IUA), have securitised $125mn of
  • Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded six cat bonds and placed a further four on CreditWatch with negative implications in a move which stems from a hardening of its rating crit
  • Convergence pioneer Nephila Capital raised an additional $800mn in the second quarter of this year for its insurance-linked investment funds, evincing a strong demand for non-correlated assets. Nephi
  • Hannover Re’s proposed EUR75mn European windstorm catastrophe bond, Eurus II, will incorporate BNP Paribas’ (BNPP) repurchase agreement (repo) collateral structure. As reported by Trading
  • The lack of US windstorm activity so far is continuing to weigh on the pricing of industry loss warranties (ILW) and insurance-linked derivatives while volumes remain modest. Matthew Carter – v
  • A $100 investment in insurance-linked securities (ILS) in 2002 would be worth $171 today, according to a report from broker dealer Lane Financial, with the firm’s cat bond return index showing
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