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Trading Risk June 2017

  • Swiss Re has bolstered its retro support from the Sector Re sidecar by around $100mn in the past year to take the vehicle's total capacity to $492mn, Trading Risk understands.
  • A significant drop in social and healthcare spending in the UK is now thought to be the cause of a slowdown in mortality improvement, which has led the longevity swap market to stall.
  • Forecasters are predicting an average to above-average 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, as debate continues over whether a longer-term shift to a phase of reduced activity is underway.
  • Four recent private and cat bond lite deals cleared during the mid-year renewals.
  • Standards set by the Hedge Fund Standards Board (HFSB) can provide a pattern for ILS managers to mitigate potential conflicts of interest, Hiscox Re ILS COO Richard Lowther told Trading Risk.
  • Switzerland-based asset manager Plenum has discontinued its partnership with Sequant after marketing a new non-catastrophe ILS fund with the Bermuda asset manager last year, Trading Risk can report.
  • LGT ILS funds; Wilton Re buys Aegon US run-off businesses; Cat bond funds reopen
  • Argenta non-executive director and former Lloyd's deputy chairman Graham White is to lead a new Lloyd's Market Association (LMA) group to represent the interests of members' agents at Lloyd's.
  • Asset managers in South Korea are offering ILS strategies to local investors after the country entered the sector last year, with at least $49mn having been raised from two local distributors.
  • A recent flurry of single-state cat bond deals highlighted continuing strong ILS demand as year-to-date issuance surpassed $8bn.
  • The CEO of Dutch pension fund PGGM, Else Bos, has resigned after holding the position for five years.
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath has hired John Finston to join the insurance regulatory and transactional team in the firm's San Francisco office.
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