Blogger Archives: Bill Dubinsky

Bill Dubinsky

Bill Dubinsky is Managing Director for Willis Capital Markets & Advisory, where he heads the WCMA insurance-linked securities effort in cat bonds, sidecars, contingent capital and derivatives. Since 1997, he has participated in more than 50 deals placing over $8 billion of ILS.
Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (“WCMA”) is a trade name used by Willis Securities, Inc., a licensed broker dealer authorized and regulated by FINRA and a member of SIPC (“WSI”), and Willis Capital Markets & Advisory Limited, an investment business authorized and regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority (“WCMAL”). Both WSI and WCMAL are Willis Group companies. Securities products are offered through WSI and WCMAL.

Preparing for seasonality, hurricane season and beyond

More understanding of and attention to seasonality in all of its various forms can not only help grow and improve the ILS market but also make the broader (re)insurance markets more effective and efficient. Continue reading →

The Rise and Rise of ILS

The Rise and Rise of ILS

Named as one of the top ten disruptive innovations of 2014 the securitization of insurance risk has transformed the capital structure of the reinsurance industry, with insurance-linked securities now making up 15% of the total global capital dedicated to reinsurance. Continue reading →

Insurance-Linked Securities, Catastrophe Bonds, Collateralized Reinsurance: Predictions for 2015

market forecast

I recently spoke with Artemis blog about about some of the key issues the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market is facing in 2015, and they were kind enough to allow me to share those thoughts with you here. Here is that … Continue reading →

What Is Basis Risk and Why Does It Matter?

good apple bad apple

According to the Bible (Genesis chapter 27), Jacob hoped to marry Rachel. He agreed to work for Rachel’s father, Laban, for seven years in return for permission to marry Laban’s daughter. On the wedding night, Laban married Jacob to Leah, … Continue reading →

2013 Hurricane Season: What Happens if the Big One Hits?

Hurricane Winds (gold)

Last year’s Hurricane Sandy caused approximately $20 billion in insured losses.  Notwithstanding the devastating loss of life and extensive property damage, Sandy was not a true tail catastrophe event from a U.S. perspective.  Continue reading →

Podcast: Sandy’s Impact on the Insurance Market

WillisWire Podcasts

In WillisWire’s latest podcast I discuss the impact of “Superstorm” Sandy on the Catastrophe bond market. http://blog.willis.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/WillisWire_WCMA1_2013-01-08.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:54 — 7.2MB) | Embed Continue reading →

Our Scariest Capital Markets Risk – Waiting for the Perfect Time as an Excuse for the Status Quo

Scariest Risks

Voltaire’s “Dit que le mieux est l’ennemi du bien”* is a cliché well understood by most executives in reinsurance, finance, and asset management. They do not generally let market timing influence ordinary course decisions towards the status quo (e.g., do … Continue reading →

Property Catastrophe Pricing Remains in Check: Where is the Hard Market?

Flood Missouri

Our recent Willis Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) Update reported property catastrophe rate increases but hardly the return to a hard market that many have been predicting. Why is this so? Continue reading →

New Madrid Quakes 200 Years Later–More Devastating?

New Madrid Earthquakes of the 1800s

200 years ago today, the first of three devastating New Madrid earthquakes struck the Central U.S. What damage would such quakes wreak today? Continue reading →

The Cash Flow Story

Investor fund flows help explain a lot. For example, they partially explain the spread spike following the financial crisis. Continue reading →

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A Precificação de Catástrofes de Property permanece em “Check”: Onde está o “Hard Market”?

Nossa recente Willis Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) Update relatou o aumento das taxas de catástrofes depropriedade, mas nada parecido com o retorno de um hard market que muitos estavam prevendo. Por quê? Continuar lendo →