Capital Management

Blockchain: Getting Smarter than Smart Contracts

Admittedly, my interest in blockchain has been fairly narrow. Given the role of PCS® in the global industry loss warranty (ILW) market, I’ve been particularly focused on how blockchain-enabled smart contracts could benefit the reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) market.

Will Catastrophe Bonds Experience a “Retail Revolution”?

During a track at the IFoA Asia Conference 2018 last week, a speaker laid out a “future state” vision that included access to insurance-linked securities (ILS)—or at least some version of ILS—for retail investors.

Top ILS Market Trends: Q1 2016

We’ve put another record-setting quarter for catastrophe bond issuance behind us, with $2 billion in fresh capital coming to market. In some ways, the first quarter of 2016 offered more of the same, with no first-time...

ILS Trend Tracking: FY 2015

FY 2015 Catastrophe Bond Lite Issuance by Trigger Type Source: PCS, Artemis Deal Directory After a grueling four-month-long march that began in Monte Carlo, the January 1, 2016, reinsurance renewal is pretty much behi...

The view from Q4-cat frequency over severity, data housing, and more

In an interview with WRIN TV , Joe Louwagie, assistant vice president, Property Claim Services (PCS) discusses the importance of accessing and accurately using data to make the best underwriting and rate-making...

ILS Trend Tracking: Q3 2015

With the Rendez-Vous de Septembre behind us, the January 1, 2016, reinsurance renewal season has begun. The topics covered at the countless 30-minute meetings last month varied greatly, reflecting both industry trends...

Cat Bond Lite: What’s Next?

In an interview with A.M. Best TV , Tom Johansmeyer, assistant vice president of Reinsurance Services, ISO, spoke about next steps in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market. With regard to where the market is...

5 Innovative Ways to Protect against a Soft Market

Unless it’s long enough (perish the thought!), there’s little you can do during a soft market to protect your company from it. The only reliable strategy reinsurers have at their disposal is to commit to an agenda of...

Ready for Exchange-Traded Risk?

Recent changes to the range of capital markets risk-transfer solutions available to cedents — and their adoption of them — show insurers and reinsurers are committing to more sophisticated strategic capital management...