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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
  • Global broker Aon Benfield has suspended its fundraising efforts for Aon’s investment management firm Global Insurance Strategies LLC (GIS), as it concentrates on Benfield-backed cat fund manag
  • The mysterious US investment fund which owns the outstanding positions in Aspen Insurance’s beleaguered cat bond, Ajax Re, is tussling with the administrators of the Lehman Brother’s bank
  • 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
  • Oil and gas liability mutual Oil Casualty Insurance Ltd (OCIL)’s 2005 excess liability cat bond Avalon Re has once again extended the maturity date on its Class B and Class C notes to 9 Septemb
  • 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
  • Traditional US reinsurance markets have recently shown significant capacity constraints, driving reinsurance rates upward and supporting catastrophe bond pricing at high levels. Reinsurance rates for
  • 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
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