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October 2016/1

  • Stone Ridge Asset Management's three reinsurance funds grew 4 percent in its last quarterly reporting period to reach $4.95bn by the end of July, up from the $4.76bn recorded at the end of April
  • CEA grows; Fema flood buy; Scales launch; Italian earthquake; Wildfire losses ease; Auto flood losses; Legacy deal for CPPIB
  • Wholesale broker CRC has launched a new US nationwide all risk and catastrophe facility in partnership with managing general agency (MGA) V3 Insurance Partners.
  • Sirius is investigating launching a total return reinsurer start-up that would focus on the legacy market, sister publication The Insurance Insider reported.
  • Cat bond spreads dropped below 4 percent on a loss-free basis by the end of September, according to RMS, as rates continued to edge below yields recorded in 2015 and 2014.
  • The cat bond market is likely to spring back from the shrinking that occurred in the first half of 2016, according to panellists at the Trading Risk Monte Carlo roundtable.
  • Currency boosts RBS in ILS; Stone Ridge looks to Lloyd's; ILS Advisers gain
  • Canadian asset manager Crosswinds has founded a specialty reinsurance company named Crosswinds Re to add to its involvement in the Florida (re)insurance market.
  • Leadenhall Capital Partners obtained a BBB+ rating from Standard & Poor's (S&P) for two private cat bonds, in a move that will help the ILS manager demonstrate that it has a portfolio capitalised to an investment-grade level.
  • Cat bond user base to shift; Axa wary on cat bonds
  • Equity analysts suggested that reinsurers were being optimistic in talking up the prospect of the market finding a pricing floor in 2017, as they warned carriers might have to wait another year for flat renewals
  • Reinsurance buyers could have more success in lowering rates by opening up all layers of a programme to ILS capital, rather than just trying to push minimum cat bond rates down at the top end of programmes