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Trading Risk April 2017

  • The first quarter of 2017 produced a record volume of ILS issuance for an opening quarter, as competitive pricing drew sponsors to the market
  • First quarter returns from a number of ILS funds investing in private reinsurance instruments have come in significantly below gains delivered in the same period last year, in what is likely a reflection of elevated catastrophe activity in Australia
  • Cincinnati Financial has forecast it will take pre-tax catastrophe claims of $106mn in its Q1 results, eroding a significant portion of the deductible on its Skyline Re private cat bond.
  • Reinsurers attempted to "hold the line" on pricing in the 1 April renewals, but carrier demand for business meant rate reductions continued to be on offer for buyers
  • Demand for crop reinsurance is falling rapidly, partly due to M&A in the underlying insurance business, sister publication The Insurance Insider reported
  • Demand for crop reinsurance is falling rapidly, partly due to M&A in the underlying insurance business, sister publication The Insurance Insider reported
  • A decade ago, cat bonds were almost universally rated - usually by Standard & Poor's and sometimes by Fitch Ratings
  • One often-cited statistic in debates about the convergence market is that just a 1 percent allocation from global institutional investors could send billions more capital than the size of the current overall reinsurance market surging into the sector
  • Insurers of the future are likely to move to more of a banking model by sourcing risk to transfer directly to institutional investors instead of holding onto the bulk of their liabilities, according to the president of TigerRisk Capital Markets & Advisory
  • Transferring a broader range of risks from outside the catastrophe market would help develop better partnerships between insurance carriers and ILS capital providers, Generali's reinsurance buyer Mirko Sartori has argued
  • Generali's Horse Capital I was named winner of the Non-Life Transaction Award of the Year at the 2017 Trading Risk awards
  • Two major US sidecar investors, Pioneer and Stone Ridge, grew their assets by more than $500mn overall in the quarter ended 31 January 2017
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