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Cherry picked selection of news on ILS, DRF, Reinsurance and other matters related to our activities. Updated on a weekly basis.

Catastrophe bond & related ILS set for record $10bn+ H1 in 2021

Issuance of new catastrophe bonds and other related insurance-linked securities (ILS) we track here at Artemis is now set to break new ground for the first-half of 2021, with more than $10 billion of issuance now anticipated, according to our latest data on the market. The total issuance we’ve tracked so far this year that has already completed and settled, across property catastrophe bonds, other line-of-business cat bonds, private cat bonds and also mortgage insurance-linked securities (ILS),

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TWIA to double Alamo Re 2021 cat bond to $500m

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) is now expected to double in size its new Alamo Re Ltd. (Series 2021-1) catastrophe bond transaction, which will now more than replace a soon to mature $400 million cat bond from 2018. As we were first to report this week, TWIA’s staff said at a meeting on Wednesday that the new cat bond could be upsized, depending on the investor reception to the deal and resulting market pricing. TWIA

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Industry-loss warranty (ILW) market softens YoY as capacity rises

Following conversations with a number of market sources, it seems that the market for industry-loss warranty (ILW) protection has softened year-on-year, following on the heels of the catastrophe bond market as capacity turns its attention to ILW’s in the run up to the renewals. Just the other day we explained that indicative pricing for industry-loss warranties (ILW’s) has jumped higher year-on-year, but it turns out this is just broker pricing sheets catching up to more

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Credit Suisse: Cushioning the impact of climate change with cat bonds.

More powerful hurricanes and increasing numbers of earthquakes – climate change is real. What does climate change mean for the alignment of investment portfolios? Investments in cat bonds offer institutional investors interesting opportunities to help shape the future. Climate change is jeopardizing the creditworthiness of government bonds “Over the past three decades, there has not been a single year when the average temperature in Switzerland was less than the average,” says Prof. David N. Bresch,

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TWIA returns for $250m+ Alamo Re cat bond renewal for 2021

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) has returned to the catastrophe bond market with a $250 million or larger Alamo Re Ltd. (Series 2021-1) transaction, which will go at least some of the way to renewing a soon to mature $400 million cat bond from 2018. For 2021, the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA)  has returned to Bermuda as the home for this catastrophe bond issuance, having ventured to Singapore for its only cat bond of

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Florida ILW price indications up as much as 50% year-on-year

With the Florida reinsurance renewals fast approaching, it’s interesting to learn that indicative pricing for industry-loss warranty (ILW) protection covering hurricanes affecting the state is up significantly year-on-year, but actual market pricing may be flat or even down. Please read our update at the foot of this article. The market for typically retrocessional reinsurance protection structured in industry loss warranty (ILW) form has been one of the areas that saw a contraction of available capacity

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Surge in cat bond market set to continue in 2021

The catastrophe bond market saw robust activity last year as new sponsors and tightening retrocessional reinsurance capacity helped buoy the sector, and the trend is expected to continue. Both the 2020 top line issuance of $11 billion of property cat bond limit placed and the fourth-quarter total of $3.7 billion were records, according to a report released last week by Aon Securities, a unit of Aon PLC. New sponsors helped drive cat bond activity in

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ILS is a growing part of the ESG mosaic, say industry experts

As responsible and sustainable investing continues to gain traction, the insurance-linked securities (ILS) asset class is expected to play an increasing role, but it’s important that the sector tells its own environmental, social and governance (ESG) story. This is according to ILS and reinsurance industry experts speaking recently at the virtually held SIFMA Insurance and Risk Linked Securities conference. The opening day of the event ended with a panel discussion on the future of ESG

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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority exploring reinsurance market entry

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), a sovereign wealth investment fund owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and tasked with investing funds on behalf of the Government of the Emirate, is looking to expand its activities in reinsurance with its own carrier and also insurance-linked securities (ILS), we’re told. Sources have told us that the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has been running a beauty parade of reinsurance brokers and advisories in recent months,

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