Fifteen years since the first insurance linked securities (ILS) were launched the market is still growing as more and more organisations choose this method as a way of transferring risk, according to a report by Swiss Re.
The formation of a new fund and a new legal group has once again revealed the market’s sustained appetite for insurance linked securities.
The recent oversubscription to the Californian Earthquake Association catastrophe bond has signalled the return of investor demand for catastrophe bond investment opportunities, according to experts.
Following its publication earlier this year, the results of the fifth quantitative impact study (QIS5) have been met with a mixed reaction.
New reinsurance regulations in both Brazil and Argentina continue to be a worry for many in the international reinsurance industry.
A recent report by Ernst & Young predicted that the takaful insurance market will grow to approximately $12 billion in 2011.
Delays in the regulatory process could hamper the efforts of organisations to conform to Solvency II, according to industry experts.
Despite concerns over the effects that heavy catastrophe activity in the first quarter of 2011 could have on insurance-linked securities, the market remains in robust health.
Insurers in Brazil face big changes to the way they buy reinsurance if two new resolutions come into force on March 31, 2011. The new rules will restrict their ability to reinsure risks internally and will force them to use more local players.
The decision by US states New York State and Florida to allow non-US domiciled reinsurers to post lower levels of collateral have received a mixed reaction.