OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The estimate for reinsurance capital provided by the insurance–linked securities (ILS) market, sometimes dubbed alternative capital, ranges from $88 billion to $93 billion, according to a new AM Best commentary.
The Best’s Commentary, titled, “Insurance-Linked Securities Market Looks to Future After Servicing Record Cat Losses,” states that a series of catastrophe events put the ILS market to a severe test as it seeks a path forward. This market experienced catastrophe losses exceeding $220 billion from July 2017 through December 2018, the first time losses reached that threshold in an 18-month span. The only other period the ILS market faced high catastrophe losses was in 2011 (after the Japan and New Zealand earthquakes, U.S. hurricanes/windstorms and Thailand floods), when this market was still in its nascent stage of development.
The report outlines several broad themes that have crystallized in recent years, such as: investors have been surprised by the magnitude of losses and the uncertainty around the loss figures for some of the catastrophe events; there is a need for more standardized investor reporting; the rights of investors and cedants are more in focus than before; and the ILS market is devising new fronting solutions for facing cedants and mitigating trapped capital.
“Of late, ILS investment managers have focused on a new way to access the reinsurance market through fronting reinsurers that are either owned by the ILS funds or have been set up and/or managed by such funds,” said Emmanuel Modu, managing director, AM Best Rating Services. “This is a solution some funds have actually implemented and others are contemplating.”
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