Inactivity in the traditional ultimate net loss market during December 2011, led many buyers to look early to the industry loss warranty (ILW) arena. Their objective was to secure reinsurance/retrocession protection in advance of January 1. Some large deals were bound supported by limits from the usual carriers as the anticipated influx of capacity from new entrants failed to materialize. ILW pricing was up significantly year on year in all territories and for all perils, other than in Europe, but down slightly from the high levels seen in mid-2011. As normality returned to the traditional market, the usual take up of ILWs in the early weeks of the new year was less apparent with no shortfalls to fill or program gaps to plug. Activity increased during the last weeks of the first quarter as cedents secured significant limits, predominantly for Japan earthquake cover, ahead of the April 1 inwards renewal. Another period of relative inactivity was followed in recent weeks by a further uptick in activity. Selected buyers secured significant U.S. wind protection in the ILW market. During all these peaks and troughs there has been ample capacity to meet buyer demand.
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