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Insurance-linked securities

Insurance-linked securities or ILS are single- or multiple-tranche securitisations facilitating the transfer of risk from the insurance sector to the capital markets. This transfer of risk usually references either catastrophe risk or life risk, though there have been securitisations of other insurance risk, such as motor. Catastrophe risk deals involve the transfer from one party to another of natural catastrophe risk, typically from non-life insurers or reinsurers via the capital markets to investors. It is facilitated by a variety of instruments, chief among them are catastrophe bonds or cat bonds; catastrophe risk obligations (CROs), which utilise collateralised debt obligation (CDO) technology to transfer risk to investors in multiple tranches; and industry loss warranty (ILW) based structures. Life risk transfer involves the transfer of longevity, mortality and pandemic risk from one party to another, typically from life insurers or life reinsurers via the capital markets to investors. Chief among the products used in this sector are life securitisations; life settlement securitisation; and longevity and mortality bonds.


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    S&P has raised its credit ratings on Avondale Securities class A1 and A2 notes from double-B...

    News Round-up    19 August 2015
  • SCI Start the Week - 17 August

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days

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    News    17 August 2015
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    Job Swaps    17 August 2015
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    Job Swaps    17 August 2015
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    Munich Re has established a new unit within its special and financial risks division. Launched in Ju...

    Job Swaps    14 August 2015
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    White Mountains Insurance Group has agreed to sell Sirius International Insurance to CM Internationa...

    Job Swaps    13 August 2015
  • Capacity gains

    ILW supply and demand picking up

    The ILS secondary market continues to see price volatility in non-peak risks, but certain peak catas...

    News Analysis    13 August 2015
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    News Round-up    12 August 2015
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    Job Swaps    10 August 2015
  • SCI Start the Week - 10 August

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days

    Pipeline Pipeline activity picked up again last week, with significant ABS additions. There were...

    News    10 August 2015
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    AIG's mortgage insurance business United Guaranty Corp (UGC) has completed a novel ILS that funds US...

    News Round-up    7 August 2015
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    Schulte Roth & Zabel has hired Boris Ziser and Thomas Weinberger as partners in the...

    Job Swaps    7 August 2015
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    Job Swaps    4 August 2015
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    Vanbridge holdings has made a capital investment in Atlas General Holdings as part of a new partners...

    Job Swaps    3 August 2015
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    TigerRisk Partners has established its first presence in Asia by opening an office in Hong Kong. Sub...

    Job Swaps    3 August 2015
  • SCI Start the Week - 3 August

    A look at the major activity in structured finance over the past seven days

    Pipeline The pace of deals joining the pipeline slowed last week. At the final count there were 11...

    News    3 August 2015
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    Job Swaps    31 July 2015
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    News Round-up    29 July 2015
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    News    28 July 2015
  • SCI Start the Week - 27 July

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    Pipeline The pace of pipeline additions was steady last week, although there was more variety in th...

    News    27 July 2015
  • ILS team reinforced

    SCOR Investment Partners has recruited Sidney Rostan and Pierre Mouilhade as portfolio managers for...

    Job Swaps    24 July 2015