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Institutional investor appetite for insurance linked assets remains strong


The expectation among senior figures in the insurance linked securities (ILS) and insurance or reinsurance linked investments space is that more institutional investors will allocate to the asset class as the reinsurance capacity it provides grows, according to a new report.

With forecasts suggesting that the amount of alternative or third-party capital in reinsurance could double over the next five years to $100 billion, institutional investors stand ready to take advantage of this opportunity while insurance linked fund managers and service providers are preparing to facilitate the entry of new capital to the space.


Visit of HE Bruce Bucknell, British Ambassador to Belarus

BrucePhoenix CRetro would like to thank HE Bruce Bucknell, British Ambassador to Belarus for visiting our London offices for a meeting with the Board at which several points of UK services promotion in Eastern Europe were discussed. We really hope that support of such high profile diplomat would encourage our potential partners from the region to enter the world of ILS and CAT reinsurance with Lloyd’s of London

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HCC generates record first quarter profits

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HCC Insurance Holdings generated what it said were record first quarter net profits of $107.9mn, that were just ahead of the $105.9mn it earned in the prior-year period.

The US insurer returned a combined ratio of 83.0 percent for the period, representing a modest improvement on the 83.8 percent achieved in Q1 2013.


Templeton’s Hasenstab Sells Russia Bonds, Adds Ukraine



Franklin Templeton sold Russian bonds during the first quarter while adding to its almost $8 billion in Ukrainian debt as conflict between the countries escalated.

The asset manager, whose $190 billion global bond group is managed by Michael Hasenstab, cut holdings of dollar debt from Russia’s government and state-owned companies with a face value of about $29 million during the period, part of a reduction of more than $200 million in Russian securities over six months to $1.2 billion, the company’s latest filings show. Franklin Templeton increased Ukrainian dollar and euro bond holdings by $62 million in the first quarter to $7.6 billion.