October 17th, 2018

ILS Market Looks to Asia for Further Growth

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

kumar_shiv_144x1802The insurance linked securities (ILS) market is now over two decades old. Since the execution of the first catastrophe bond transaction in the late 1990s, the alternative risk transfer market has evolved and matured impressively. Guy Carpenter’s Shiv Kumar, President and Global Leader of GC Securities,* Capital Markets, provides some insight.

The alternative risk transfer market grew rapidly after the global financial crisis of 2008 as investors recognized the clear diversification benefit of this asset class.

Cedents and investors now have access to a broad range of collateralized structures to hedge and assume insurance risk. After surviving the loss events of 2004-2005, the sector faced its second test in 2017, with major events in North America incurring significant losses. The ILS market handily met the challenge with very few hiccups and is now poised to continue its growth around the world, including the Asia Pacific region.

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*Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the United States through GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities LLC, a US registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC. Main Office: 1166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036. Phone: (212) 345-5000. **Securities or investments, as applicable, are offered in the European Union by GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. (MMCSEL), which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, main office 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HS. Reinsurance products are placed through qualified affiliates of Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC. MMC Securities LLC, MMC Securities (Europe) Ltd. and Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC are affiliates owned by Marsh & McLennan Companies. This communication is not intended as an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any security, financial instrument, reinsurance or insurance product.

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