Consistent with Guy Carpenter’s post-January 1, 2015 renewal report, the U.S. casualty reinsurance market continued to soften on both quota share and excess of loss reinsurance programs. This trend continues to be driven by the reduction in property catastrophe premiums, causing reinsurers to further diversify their overall premium writings into casualty lines and by the improved loss ratios among these underlying lines of business. As a result, reinsurance pricing continued to soften via ceding commissions increases on quota share placements (albeit at a slower pace than in 2014 and earlier in 2015) and rate decreases on excess of loss placements (subject to stable loss experience).
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GC Securities* Completes Catastrophe Bond Bosphorus Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes Benefiting the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool
GC Securities, a division of MMC Securities Corp., a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/NFA/SIPC, today announced the placement of the Series 2015-1 Notes, with notional principal of USD 100,000,000, through the newly formed catastrophe bond shelf program, Bosphorus Ltd., to benefit the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool (TCIP). The 2015-1 Notes represent the second time that TCIP has utilized the capital markets to obtain earthquake protection on a parametric basis. TCIP, managed by Eureko Sigorta A.Ş., first accessed the cat bond market in 2013 via the issuance of Bosphorus 1 Re Ltd. and has now sourced USD 500 million in total of catastrophe bond capacity from capital market investors.
The trends outlined in Guy Carpenter’s January 1 renewal report continued through the first six months of 2015. Guy Carpenter’s observation that buyers were purchasing more catastrophe limit to take advantage of lower costs, continued to be borne out and even accelerated. The increased demand for reinsurance and expansion of tailored coverage persisted through the April, June and July renewals.
Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in Hualien County, Taiwan at about 05:00 CST Saturday (21:00 UTC Friday), with one-minute sustained winds of 120 mph (195 kilometers per hour) according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC). Soudelor brought excessive rainfall and strong winds to Taiwan, causing inland flooding, mudslides and reports of widespread damage.
Following the 15 UTC update of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) on August 8, Typhoon Soudelor carries one-minute sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kilometers per hour), equivalent to a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Soudelor has a pressure of 970 millibars according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Conditions are already deteriorating over Taiwan as Typhoon Soudelor approaches. Soudelor is forecast to make landfall on the Central East coast of Taiwan early Saturday local time. Expected hazards include excessive rainfall and inland flooding, together with significant winds and storm surge. A second landfall in Mainland China is expected to bring heavy rain and wind over a widespread area.
Typhoon Soudelor is forecast to make landfall on the central east coast of Taiwan late Friday or early Saturday local time. Hazards include excessive rainfall and inland flooding, together with significant winds and storm surge. A second landfall in Mainland China is expected to bring heavy rain and wind over a widespread area.
Typhoon Soudelor continues to threaten Taiwan and Mainland China. The summary below follows the 15 UTC advisory of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), and the 15:45 UTC advisory of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).