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...

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...

PCS Terror Index: What You Need to Know

Unfortunately, 2016 has been an active year for terror. Year to date, two incidents in the United States have led to 49 fatalities. Turkey has suffered more than the recent attempted coup d’etat an...

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 sam...

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...

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 an...

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...

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...

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...

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 strategi...