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June 2009/1

  • The ILS market is braced for upcoming changes to California earthquake models that may reduce the estimated hazard resulting from a temblor by up to 35 percent. Upcoming releases from the two main p
  • CCRIF into 3rd year with 10 percent rate cut Reinsurance broker Aon Benfield has confirmed that all 16 Caribbean member governments have renewed their catastrophe policies with the World Bank-sponso
  • More than $1.7bn of sidecar capacity was secured by reinsurers looking to cash in on attractive underwriting conditions and potential capacity shortages in the first half of 2009, despite “diff
  • Nephila Capital has secured a new $35mn investment mandate from specialist fund manager AMP Capital Investors, further widening the audience for trading (re)insurance risk in the mainstream capital m
  • Eurex, the leading European derivative exchange and clearing house, is to launch binary US hurricane derivatives on 29 June, complementing current over-the-counter (OTC) trades. The exchange –
  • June has seen the first signs of easing in the sky-high prices that have all but frozen the industry loss warranties (ILW) market in 2009. However, ILW pricing may have to fall a further 10-15 percen
  • ISDA OTC template launched After two years of market consultation, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) has launched a standard template for trading US wind event futures. ISDA
  • With $1.385bn of US wind and quake peril securitised to date in 2009, and another $100-150mn in the pipeline (see p1) insurance-linked securities (ILS) investors called for peril diversification as t
  • A clear pipeline for new cat bond issuance in early June proved a fillip for secondary trading, with volumes and pricing increasing on US and non-US peril bonds. “In the first ten days of June
  • Forecasting hurricane activity is rarely accurate, and should therefore not be relied on for making investment decisions in the sector, according to analysis from Numis Securities.  Numis added that
  • Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has cited Hannover Re’s retro strategy as a factor in deciding to downgrade the outlook to negative on the reinsurer’s AA- credit and insurer financial stren
  • Insurance-linked securities (ILS) sponsor USAA – which issued its thirteenth consecutive cat bond last month – has set a new disclosure standard for (re)insurers by posting data on all of