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ILS here to stay?

By Vivek Syal, Director, Insurance, PwC with co-author Marta Abramska, Principal Consultant, PwC
But other than recognising ILS as a way to mitigate risk which is equivalent to reinsurance, has preparation for Solvency II put enough emphasis on understanding the differences between reinsurance and ILS, and drivers of risk in the latter?
 
According to the ILS market veteran Michael Millette, insurance risks ceded to alternative investors are likely to more than double to $150 billion by 2020. But growth is not only about the size of the market, it is perhaps predominantly about the depth of penetration: ILS is increasingly covering risks that were unthought-of a few years ago when it was focussed solely on peak property cat; it now also allows sponsors to cede less modelled risk like marine, energy or personal accident lines of business.
 
Top ILS managers who put money to work on behalf of pensions and other end investors are sophisticated in the way they think about this risk – they also employ some of the top industry talent. Insurers and reinsurers who sponsor these deals are able to do so through a variety of instruments: public catastrophe bonds are most known, but collateralised private transactions between two p...Read More

To De-Risk, Re-Risk or Right Risk? That is the question.

By Rupert Brindley, Managing Director, Global Multi-Asset Group, JP Morgan Asset Management
However, the recurrent question has been whether to respond with additional sponsor funding, or whether some sort of change in asset allocation can contribute to the heavy lifting?
 
Who’s asking the question?
In order to address the benefits and dynamics of funding and de-risking, we need to consider each of the stakeholders in the discussion.
 
The trustees will be primarily interested in securing the accrued benefits as quickly and prudent...Read More

Effective LDI in a Rapidly Changing Environment

John Dewey, Managing Director, Client Strategy Team, BlackRock Solutions

Unprecedented events have become a regular feature in the financial markets since the Lehman default in 2008, putting further pressure on already stretched funding ratios and heightening the need for an effective LDI approach.

Pension schemes and other institutional investors continue to face challenging times. Economic conditions remain tough and despite some progress, persistent uncertainty in relation to the eurozone continues to weigh on investors’ minds. This in turn has led to a toxic combination ...Read More

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