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ILS Investor Guide
About the ILS Investor Guide

About the Insurance Insider ILS Investor Guide

The ILS Investor Guide is a biannual news publication covering the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market, brought to you by Insurance Insider ILS, a publishing company that has covered the ILS market since 2008.

The asset class is designed for institutional investors looking for a diversifying, non-correlating source of alternative risk – but trading in this opaque market means getting to grips with a host of insurance market jargon and tracking a rapidly-evolving young marketplace. This half-yearly publication provides an independent take on the latest issues within the market and a practical approach to steer investors through key topics.

Previous issues


  • For the ILS market, perhaps more than any other, the outcome of this year’s high inflation is still to be determined. Unlike other industries that are suffering increased immediate costs, this sector’s performance – as always – is ultimately driven by events no one can foresee.
  • The decade from 2010 ran the full gamut of catastrophe loss experience, reminding us that there is no such thing as a "new normal" in the world of ILS.
  • One of the ongoing trends within the ILS market over past years has been an increasing demand from existing investors to look for something different within their portfolio.
  • Just a few months into 2021, the first natural-disaster headlines of the year are already occupying the minds of ILS insurance risk-takers. The snowstorms that brought freezing conditions to Texas will be a challenging event to evaluate for a number of reasons.
  • Covid-19 and ILS strategies: locking down diversification benefits.
  • Climate change and ILS strategies: reshaping the market's response
  • Reinsurance conditions began moving in investors’ favour in mid-year 2019, marking a delayed reaction to 2017-2018 losses.
  • The past two years challenged the catastrophe (re)insurance market more than any period since the Hurricane Katrina era in 2004-2005 – but it is far from clear what the outcome will be this time around.
  • The ILS market has quickly stabilised after last year’s catastrophe losses – but the fallout from Hurricane Irma has continued to push claims higher.
  • Florida is truly the reinsurance market's risk hothouse. Its coastline produces the bulk of the ILS market's exposure, and Florida risks still squeeze out more profit for reinsurers than many other lines of business