LOGIN
 

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.


  • Market moves - 18 May

    Europe CIFC has hired Joshua Hughes as head of European marketing, based out of London and reporti...

    Market moves    18 May 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 23 April

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

    Pipeline Auto ABS dominated the pipeline once again last week. A handful of other ABS, as well as C...

    News    23 April 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 16 April

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

    Pipeline The newly-announced transactions remaining in the pipeline at the end of last week compris...

    News    16 April 2018
  • Market moves - 13 April

    Aircraft ABS on watch KBRA has placed the class A, B and C notes of the US$411m Prop 2017-1 ABS o...

    Market moves    13 April 2018
  • Financial guarantee ILS debuts

    Build America Mutual Assurance Company (BAM) is in the market with what is believed to be the first...

    News    10 April 2018
  • Market moves - 29 March

    Europe Man Group has hired Simon Finch as cio of credit at Man GLG, its discretionary investment m...

    Market moves    29 March 2018
  • Market moves - 23 March

    CDS clearing developments Intercontinental Exchange has transitioned index CDS open interest from...

    News    23 March 2018
  • Increase in liquidity 'hard to measure'

    Liquidity in structured products is difficult to quantify, and perhaps even to define. Whichever way...

    News Analysis    22 March 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 19 March

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

    Pipeline There was a somewhat more measured pace of pipeline additions last week. The final count...

    News    19 March 2018
  • Mortgage ILS prepped

    Essent Guaranty is marketing a mortgage insurance securitisation, only the second such transaction t...

    News    12 March 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 12 March

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

    Upcoming event SCI Risk Transfer & Synthetics Seminar – Tomorrow (13 March), New...

    News    12 March 2018
  • Cyber tops ILS agenda

    The insurance sector continues to push the boundaries of innovation, with new product offerings in t...

    News Analysis    9 March 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 5 March

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

    Upcoming event SCI Risk Transfer & Synthetics Seminar - 13 March, New York SCI...

    News    5 March 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 26 February

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

    Upcoming event SCI Risk Transfer & Synthetics Seminar - 13 March, New YorkSCI's Synthetic Sec...

    News    26 February 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 19 February

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

    Upcoming event SCI Risk Transfer & Synthetics Seminar - 13 March, New York SCI...

    News    19 February 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 12 February

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

    Pipeline It was yet another busy week of pipeline additions. There were nine ABS, 11 CLOs, three CM...

    News    12 February 2018
  • Landmark sovereign ILS priced

    The IBRD has printed the largest sovereign risk transfer transaction ever and the second-largest cat...

    News    8 February 2018
  • Market moves - 2 February

    North America CVC Credit Partners has named Gretchen Bergstresser as global head of performing cre...

    Market moves    2 February 2018
  • 'No end in sight' for ILS growth

    Last year was unprecedented for the global ILS market, with record issuance of around US$10bn and no...

    News    2 February 2018
  • Bright start for UK ILS

    The first UK ILS launched last month, coinciding with the introduction of the nation's new ILS regul...

    News Analysis    1 February 2018
  • SCI Start the Week - 29 January

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

    Pipeline The balance of additions to the pipeline last week closely followed that of the week befor...

    News    29 January 2018