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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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    In its 2015 Budget, the UK government announced that it will work with the industry and regulators t...

    News Round-up    19 March 2015
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    News Round-up    10 March 2015
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    Maria Rapin has joined Nephila Advisors as business development director. In the role, she will focu...

    Job Swaps    4 March 2015
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    RenaissanceRe has completed the acquisition of Platinum Underwriters, making the firm a wholly owned...

    Job Swaps    3 March 2015
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    Job Swaps    27 February 2015
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    Job Swaps    26 February 2015
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    CGSC North America has hired William Ludington as evp for carrier management and alternative markets...

    Job Swaps    24 February 2015
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