Will Solvency II boost the growing life ILS market?

Life insurance securitisation has made a comeback since 2008, albeit in a different form. With Solvency II rules predicted to push life companies to transfer risk off their books, participants hope life ILS could grow to rival cat bonds. Sarfraz Thind reports


Sidecars suck in record amount of capital in Q1

But one sidecar alone accounted for bulk of investment


First $1bn economic loss of year likely from severe US weather

Insured losses will amount to hundreds of millions of dollars, says Impact Forecasting


ABI gives guidance on non-modelled cat risks

Hidden risk has potential impact on solvency


Cat bonds prices fall in busy Q1

Second quarter also set to break records


Chile earthquake and tsunami model launched

Impact Forecasting incorporates new footprint for 1 April 2014 quake


Global reinsurer capital continues inexorable climb

New high reached of $540bn, says Aon Benfield


Reinsurance pricing continues to fall

Third-party capital is driving market, says Aon Benfield


JP Morgan poaches BlackRock's head of sales

James Peagam to head EU global insurance solutions


Oasis: a threat or a complement to the cat model giants?

A new open-source loss modelling framework, Oasis, is threatening to shake up the catastophe modelling establishment. Jamie Bullen asks insurers, scientists and cat modellers how they see it developing