Category Archives: Capital Markets

The future of insurance

The insurance industry is scrambling to respond technology's impact. Those who thrive will learn to ride the wave of disruption and reinvent themselves. Continue reading →

A.M. Best’s proposed criteria changes: How might the rules of the road be changing?

While the scope of A.M. Best's changes might appear wide-reaching and dramatic, we are not expecting extensive changes in ratings upon final implementation. Continue reading →

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 →

What risks will emerge in 2016?

Our world is advancing at a pace that invites innovation at breakneck speed, encouraging companies to jump into untested waters. Whether it is new, disruptive technologies – such as drones – or just a new way of doing business – such … Continue reading →

Creating a Capital Markets Union: And the Winners Are…


In November 2014, the European Commission (EC) announced a flagship project to build a deeper and more integrated capital market among the EU28 countries – named Capital Markets Union (CMU). This blog takes a closer look at the motivation behind … 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

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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 →

Corporate Cat Bonds: The Next Frontier?

Non-life Cat Bond Issuance / Outstanding Volume

Despite a record issuance year, catastrophe bonds sponsored by individual insureds have been noticeably absent. Continue reading →

What Is Basis Risk and Why Does It Matter?

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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 →

Podcast: Sandy’s Impact on the Insurance Market

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In WillisWire’s latest podcast I discuss the impact of “Superstorm” Sandy on the Catastrophe bond market. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:54 — 7.2MB) | Embed Continue reading →