Stormy with a chance of alpha: the rising tide of insurance-linked securities

The potential for insurance-linked securities (ILS) is on the rise, which may not come as a surprise as the Atlantic hurricane season was historic in the number of named storms as well for the damage they’ve caused.  

Jonathan Malawer, the head of insurance-linked securities, commodities, and environmental strategies for K2 Advisors, the fund of hedge fund unit within Franklin Templeton, discussed the present state of the ILS strategy.

The ILS market comes about because insurers want to spread their risks, especially the risks that involve low-probability but high impact events . . .

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Christopher Faille

Christopher Faille has written on a variety of legal, regulatory, and financial issues for decades. He is the author of "The Decline and Fall of the Supreme Court" (1995), for example, and the coauthor, with David O'Connor, of "Basic Economic Principles" (2000). He was an early reporter with Lipper HedgeWorld and has contributed to Forbes and to the Hedge Fund Law Report.

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