Catastrophe Bonds

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.

Four Killer Blockchain Use Cases for Insurance

Here are the ways this blockchain technology can benefit the global insurance industry.

Are We Missing the Real Blockchain Opportunity for Insurance?

The global insurance industry has taken an interest in blockchain because of certain fundamental benefits that the technology provides.

Blockchain, IoT, and Streamlined Claim Handling

At the Uniglobal Insurance Claims Management Conference, I heard a lot of doom and gloom about the future of claim handling—and the future of the insurance industry in general. New business models are poised to enter...

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...

Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Index Triggers: Count the Frictional Costs As They Disappear

Is the insurance industry watching developments in blockchain technology? Some of our folks in the market are, but it’s pretty clear to me that the focus is the other way around. The blockchain community has its eye o...

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...