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July 2015/1

  • Reinsurers on Suncorp's catastrophe programme suffered rate reductions of between 5 and 15 percent at the 1 July renewal, although some favoured partners received improved terms.
  • Property catastrophe rate reductions continued to slow in the 1 July renewals, with collateralised reinsurance markets one driver of the slowdown in peak zone softening, according to Willis Re.
  • The average ILS expected return recovered to 3.66 percent by June 2015, from a low of 2.36 percent in September 2014, according to secondary market data compiled by Lane Financial.
  • The Swiss Re Global Cat Bond Price Return Index has experienced its largest first-half fall since H1 2011, when the market was rocked by Tohoku earthquake losses.
  • Kortis: How does the first longevity trend bond work?
  • On 30 June 2015 the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit finally put to rest the ongoing litigation relating to Mariah Re
  • Niklaus Hilti said that reinsurance investors could expect to earn net risk-adjusted returns of 5 percent or less in the current market, even for higher-risk deals that attract double-digit gross premium rates
  • The net asset value of Stone Ridge's ILS funds increased by 9 percent to $3.29bn at the end of April, up from $3.01bn at the end of January, according to its latest financial reports.
  • Zurich ILS fund managers Secquaero and Credit Suisse Insurance-linked Strategies were among the winners at the 2015 Trading Risk awards, which were held in London in mid-June
  • Alternative investment manager Tages Capital backed the launch of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management's ILS fund, the parties announced.
  • Average returns generated by seven cat bond funds in the first half of 2015 plummeted by 79 percent compared to the same period last year, the worst performance since Trading Risk began tracking the data.
  • Hurricane models have forged the way to express catastrophe risk in financial terms - but there are still many difficulties for investors attempting to analyse their exposures
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