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October 2014/1

  • Q. How does the pricing process for cat bonds work?
  • The recent Mariah Re dispute serves as a reminder to participants in ILS transactions of the value of clear and transparent legal documents and disclosures to mitigate the litigation risks when claims materially exceed modelled losses.
  • Reinsurers and hedge funds increased their participation in the cat bond market over the 2013-2014 year as institutional investors pulled back, Aon Benfield Securities said in its annual review of the market.
  • Paul Mosquera is leaving AQR Re, where he was a senior underwriter in the Bermuda office, Trading Risk understands
  • The Mariah Re tornado bond lawsuit has resulted in legal changes designed to reinforce the independence of cat bond administrators.
  • Floridian insurer Homeowners Choice P&C Insurance Company (HCI) has been approved to take over its first batch of wind-only policies from state-backed insurer Citizens, in a move that could lead it to increase its reinsurance cover next year
  • Twelve Capital CEO Christoph Buerer says that opening a new London office will ensure the firm is "where the talent is" after it added several new analysts to the team
  • DCG Iris shareholders vote for wind-up; IBM's UK pension plan commits to Nephila; Nephila and Kinesis win at Insider Honours
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) pension fund has reduced its allocations to the ILS sector over the past year as spreads have compressed
  • Reinsurers and hedge funds increased their participation in the cat bond market over the 2013-2014 year as institutional investors pulled back, Aon Benfield Securities said in its annual review of the market.
  • Returns generated by seven cat bond funds tracked by Trading Risk in the year to date are a third lower than the results recorded in the same period last year
  • Global insurer Ace is working on two initiatives that could significantly consolidate its reinsurance spending, sister publication The Insurance Insider has revealed.
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