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July 2014/1

  • The New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC) confirmed that a "small component" of alternative reinsurance capital is included in its 2014 programme, which renewed at 1 June at rates that were 10 percent lower than last year
  • Ace placed one-fifth of its consolidated property catastrophe treaty with the collateralised market at its 1 July renewal, sister publication The Insurance Insider has reported
  • Aon Benfield Securities has launched a new cat bond issuance platform, CATstream, following in the wake of GC Securities, JLT Capital Markets and Kane, which have set up similar ventures over the past year
  • The pension scheme of UK telecommunications giant BT has transferred £16bn of longevity exposure in the largest single UK pension de-risking deal to date
  • Secondary cat bond pricing, as measured by the Swiss Re Global Cat Bond Performance Price Return Index, took a small 0.2 percent dip in June after dropping 1 percent during April and May
  • Q. When is the North Atlantic hurricane season peak?
  • A new legacy ILS fund launched by Credit Suisse Asset Management (CSAM) and Bermudian run-off specialist Armour Group is up and running with more than $100mn of assets under management to invest in discontinued insurance books
  • As regulators continue to build the legal edifice of Solvency II, the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (Eiopa) has released new guidelines on basis risk and risk mitigation.
  • Reinsurers up stakes in funds; DCG Iris proposes wind-up; Kinesis adds $50mn limit
  • Traditional reinsurance carriers have provided most of the $1bn growth in capacity for retrocession products over the past year, Aon Benfield Global Re Specialty chairman Piers Cantlay said at a Guernsey ILS Insight event hosted in Zurich in July.
  • Half-year 2014 returns generated by the seven cat bond funds tracked by Trading Risk are on average 65 percent lower than H1 2013, as the benefit of mark-to-market gains observed last year began running out
  • The ILS market should look beyond cat for its growth, Secquaero Advisors chairman and managing partner Dirk Lohmann said at the Trading Risk London Executive Briefing in June.