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  • It was a rough 2017 for investors in ILS, as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria swept through the Atlantic. But 2018 has offered some uplift to yields from the sector.
  • For the first time in years, finding a subject to talk about was not a problem at the industry's annual gathering in Monte Carlo. Hurricane Irma was the topic on everyone's minds.
  • For the first time in years, finding a subject to talk about was not a problem at the industry's annual gathering in Monte Carlo. Hurricane Irma was the topic on everyone's minds as the storm battered Florida on the Sunday evening of the Rendez-Vous.
  • Florida is truly the reinsurance market's risk hothouse.
  • Florida is truly the reinsurance market's risk hothouse. Its coastline produces the bulk of the ILS market's exposure, and Florida risks still squeeze out more profit for reinsurers than many other lines of business
  • 2016 was a challenging year for the ILS market, as cat bond issuance activity and fundraising intakes slowed down,while catastrophe activity returned to average levels after a couple of benign years.
  • Trading Risk was first launched in 2008 just before the crux of the financial crisis - a period that was ultimately to boost the fortunes of the ILS market, as it showed the value of a truly non-correlating asset class
  • 2016 marked the 60th anniversary of the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous, and an extraordinarily humid conference for delegates rushing from meetings at the Café de Paris to the Hermitage.
  • Our news team always has much more fun talking about the quirks of the ILS market than it does traditional reinsurance deals
  • The ILS market got the chance to step out of the reinsurance spotlight this year at Monte Carlo, after several years as one of the key talking points during the annual Rendez-Vous.
  • We have a running joke in the Trading Risk newsroom that we should shake up our annual awards by introducing a new category for the best cat bond title of the year
  • "There's nothing to talk about!" is one of the most frequent complaints that I've heard at the past couple of Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous. In retrospect, you have to ask whether this was wilful blindness or misdirection
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