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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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    Arch Capital Group recently closed its first public rated mortgage ILS (SCI 18 October). Dubbed Bell...

    News Analysis    14 November 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 10 November

    EMEA Ares Management has hired Rory McHugh as md. McHugh was previously md, head of alternative fi...

    Job Swaps    10 November 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 6 November

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

    Pipeline It was full steam ahead once more for the pipeline. There were 13 ABS, an ILS, three RMBS,...

    News    6 November 2017
  • ISPV approach published

    The UK PRA has published its final approach and expectations in relation to the authorisation and su...

    News    2 November 2017
  • Protection 'gap' targeted

    Plans to establish Singapore as an Asian insurance-linked securities hub were unveiled today at the...

    News    1 November 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 30 October

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

    Pipeline There were notably fewer pipeline additions last week. The final count consisted of an AB...

    News    30 October 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 27 October

    Australia RMS has hired Pierre Wiart as md to its Sydney office, working on client relationships a...

    Job Swaps    27 October 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 23 October

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

    Pipeline Additions to the pipeline last week were once again heavily skewed towards ABS. There were...

    News    23 October 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 20 October

    Australia Baker McKenzie has recruited Duncan McGrath as a partner in its corporate group in Sydne...

    Job Swaps    20 October 2017
  • Mortgage ILS landmark imminent

    United Guaranty is in the market with Bellemeade Re 2017-1 (see SCI's deal pipeline). The mortgage i...

    News    18 October 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 16 October

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

    Pipeline Additions to the pipeline last week were heavily skewed towards ABS. There were 20 ABS nam...

    News    16 October 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 13 October

    Acquisition Navient has entered into an agreement to acquire online student lender Earnest for US$...

    Job Swaps    13 October 2017
  • ILS issuance hits all-time highs

    The insurance-linked securities market has seen a surge in new issuance this year, with 1H17 witness...

    News Analysis    11 October 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 9 October

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

    Pipeline It was a quieter week for the pipeline, with activity noticeably down on the week before....

    News    9 October 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 6 October

    North America Roy Guthrie is to succeed JP McNeill - who is transitioning into a long-te...

    Job Swaps    6 October 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 2 October

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

    Pipeline It was a busy week of comings and goings for the pipeline. At the close of Friday, 11 new...

    News    2 October 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 25 September

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

    Pipeline Additions to the pipeline last week were fairly broadly split. There were five ABS added,...

    News    25 September 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 18 September

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

    Pipeline There was greater variety to last week's pipeline additions, with significantly fewer ABS...

    News    18 September 2017
  • Job swaps round-up - 15 September

    EMEA Golden Tree Asset Management has opened an office in Sydney, hiring Russell Taylor as md to l...

    Job Swaps    15 September 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 11 September

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

    Pipeline There were several additions to the pipeline last week, with ABS accounting for most of th...

    News    11 September 2017
  • SCI Start the Week - 4 September

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

    Pipeline There were relatively few pipeline additions ahead of the Labor Day weekend. The final cou...

    News    4 September 2017