March 08, 2012 at 10:23 AM EST
Credit Suisse's Asset Management Division Releases New White Paper Primer on Insurance Linked Strategies

NEW YORK, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 2008, global financial markets have been characterized by increasing volatility and unexpected rising correlations among asset classes. As a result, institutional investors have been challenged with finding uncorrelated returns in a low-yield environment.

In a new white paper from Credit Suisse's Asset Management division – "Insurance Linked Strategies: Defining the Opportunity in Run-Off Portfolios" – Brad Huntington and John Williams, co-founders of ILS Investment Management, a sub-adviser of CSAM LLC, present their views on a growing alternative asset class—Insurance Linked Strategies (ILS)—and how they can provide a solution to investors' challenges.

In the white paper, ILS Investment Management and Credit Suisse's Asset Management division provide a brief history of the asset class, how it has evolved over time and what they believe are the primary drivers of growth going forward. Additionally, they identify two areas within the ILS space that may present unique opportunities and investor benefits: the property and casualty (P&C) market and legacy portfolios.

According to the white paper, the P&C sector may potentially provide a source of uncorrelated returns due to the following characteristics:

  • It is a large, global and diversified industry—the global P&C insurance market generates over $1.8 trillion of premiums each year.
  • There are significant barriers to entry in the P&C insurance market including significant capital requirements, complex legal and regulatory systems, product complexity and relatively low levels of product standardization.
  • This relatively inefficient and fragmented market is constantly evolving at different speeds and with different characteristics in separate jurisdictions. However, the main themes are constant - increased regulation, greater capital adequacy requirements and better investor transparency which can create opportunities for profits.      

In addition, ILS Investment Management believes there is potential to generate alpha from insurers' and reinsurers' legacy policies. 

Although still considered a niche market within the broader financial markets, ILS strategies have expanded in recent years to offer a broad range of opportunities for investors. While many investors recognize their correlation benefits and consistent returns, the white paper presents the view that the ILS market will continue to grow, supported by new regulatory requirements and changing demographics. 

For a copy of "Insurance Linked Strategies: Defining the Opportunity in Run-Off Portfolios," please contact Katherine Herring at katherine.herring@credit-suisse.com. For more thought leadership from Credit Suisse Asset Management, visit our website at https://www.credit-suisse.com/us/asset_management/en/index.jsp.

Credit Suisse AG

Credit Suisse AG is one of the world's leading financial services providers and is part of the Credit Suisse group of companies (referred to here as 'Credit Suisse'). As an integrated bank, Credit Suisse offers clients its combined expertise in the areas of private banking, investment banking and asset management. Credit Suisse provides advisory services, comprehensive solutions and innovative products to companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients globally, as well as to retail clients in Switzerland. Credit Suisse is headquartered in Zurich and operates in over 50 countries worldwide. The group employs approximately 49,700 people. The registered shares (CSGN) of Credit Suisse's parent company, Credit Suisse Group AG, are listed in Switzerland and, in the form of American Depositary Shares (CS), in New York. Further information about Credit Suisse can be found at www.credit-suisse.com.

Asset Management

In its Asset Management business, Credit Suisse offers products across a broad spectrum of investment classes, including hedge funds, credit, index, real estate, commodities and private equity products, as well as multi-asset class solutions, which include equities and fixed income products. Credit Suisse's Asset Management business manages portfolios, mutual funds and other investment vehicles for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from governments, institutions and corporations to private individuals. With offices focused on asset management in 19 countries, Credit Suisse's Asset Management business is operated as a globally integrated network to deliver the bank's best investment ideas and capabilities to clients around the world.

All businesses of Credit Suisse are subject to distinct regulatory requirements; certain products and services may not be available in all jurisdictions or to all client types.

SOURCE Credit Suisse AG

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