Posts Tagged ‘convergence’



August 18th, 2016

GC Capital Ideas Top Chart Room Entries: First Half, 2016

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From one of GC Capital Ideas’ more popular categories, we highlight the top Chart Room stories viewed during the first half of 2016:

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July 20th, 2016

Alternative Capital Shaping Risk Transfer

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Here we review GC Capital Ideas posts on how alternative capital has impacted the dynamics of risk transfer.

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April 11th, 2016

US Residual Markets, Part II

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The recent 2015 reinsurance renewals in this area demonstrated further expansion in the manner and means by which these insurance providers utilize private-sector capital to support their businesses. Traditional reinsurance remains a core component of most residual market risk financing programs. Typically these risk financing plans will also rely on retained profit, assessments and debt facilities in concert with the various forms of reinsurance to manage their exposures. The utilization of alternative risk financing capital through catastrophe bonds and/or collateralized reinsurance continues to grow with eight of 12 facilities that utilize traditional reinsurance also accessing risk transfer capacity through catastrophe bonds and/or collateralized reinsurance to help manage their loss exposures. The chart below details the increasingly diverse set of risk financing approaches employed by 11 coastal markets.

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March 31st, 2016

Evolution of Risk Capital

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The continued flow of new capital into the (re)insurance industry constitutes the largest change to the sector’s capital structure in recent memory. New capital has entered the market through investments in insurance-linked securities (ILS) funds, sidecars, hedge fund-backed reinsurance companies and collateralized reinsurance vehicles. Investors have increasingly been attracted to low correlation returns from catastrophe risk relative to traditional capital markets risks and the attractive yield for the measured (re)insurance risk relative to other investments, particularly in the current low inflation, low yield era.

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February 23rd, 2016

2015 Private Cat Bond Placements

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The private market saw 20 private cat bond transactions in 2015 representing USD 903.94 million of risk capital transferred to capital market investors.

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February 18th, 2016

Catastrophe Bond: Fourth Quarter Primary Issuance, Part II

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Everest Re successfully issued two tranches of Kilimanjaro Re Ltd. Series 2015-1 Notes representing an aggregate principal amount of USD 625 million. The catastrophe bonds provide Everest Re Group, Ltd. with protection against U.S. earthquake and named storm events on a per-occurrence, PCS-reported industry insured index-derived basis. The Class D Notes carry a one-year expected loss of 5.25 percent, based on AIR’s WSST catalog and investors receive an initial interest spread of 9.25 percent per annum (initial price guidance was quoted as 9.00 percent to 9.75 percent). The Class E Notes carry a one-year expected loss of 3.00 percent, based on AIR’s WSST catalog, with investors receiving an initial interest spread of 6.75 percent per annum (initial price guidance was quoted as 6.50 percent to 7.00 percent). The Series 2015-1 Notes represent the third time Everest Re has accessed the capital markets since 2014 with USD 1.575 billion aggregate limit currently outstanding.

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February 17th, 2016

Catastrophe Bond: Fourth Quarter Primary Issuance, Part I

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After 2015 began with record historical issuance levels in the first quarter, the fourth quarter of 2015 was dramatically different as only USD 1.425 billion of 144A property and casualty (P&C) catastrophe bonds benefiting five sponsors were completed. This represented the second lowest level since 2005 and the lowest level since 2009. One explanation for this development may be that sponsors who would ordinarily have been willing to issue in the fourth quarter of the calendar year may have had the flexibility to delay their issuance to the following first quarter in order to obtain best execution and/or avoid transaction crowding. We view sponsors’ willingness to focus on best execution rather than specific renewal dates (while still important for overall capital planning purposes) as a further sign of the maturity of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space. The ILS space is perceived as performing in a manner similar to the broader capital markets with their availability of capital throughout the calendar year.

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January 6th, 2016

Chart: Estimated Dedicated Reinsurance Sector Capital, 2012 to YE 2015

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The chart shows that a preliminary estimate of total capital dedicated to reinsurance is approximately USD 400 billion, unchanged from the previous year.

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January 6th, 2016

Chart: Alternative Capacity as a Percentage of Catastrophe Reinsurance Limit

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The chart below presents alternative capital capacity as a percentage of global property catastrophe reinsurance limit from 2008 to year-end 2015.

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