Investing in Insurance Risk: Insurance-Linked Securities - A Practitioner's Perspective

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Insurance-linked securities and certain reinsurance instruments provide the ability to invest in insurance directly, as opposed to investing in equities or debt issued by insurance and reinsurance companies. The pure insurance risk component of these investments can range from that of property catastrophe to longevity, all of which provide limited correlation with the investment performance of traditional asset types. Securitisation of insurance risk has also become an important tool for risk and capital management that can be utilised by insurance companies alongside the more traditional approaches. It offers insurance and reinsurance companies additional flexibility at a time when the landscape keeps changing and the ability to respond to changes quickly is a critical source of competitive advantage.

Investing in Insurance Risk by Alex Krutov looks at all of the issues involved in investing in insurance risk and in issuing insurance-linked securities. It examines the various types of insurance-linked securities now available to investors, along with techniques for their analysis. In addition, the book explains the considerations insurance companies face in transferring insurance risk to the capital markets.

The book is somewhat provocatively titled Investing in Insurance Risk to emphasize that investing always involves the potential of both return and risk. This is particularly clear in a field such as insurance-linked securities, where risk transfer rather than simply raising capital is often the primary driver for issuing these securities. The ability to analyze the risk-return profile of these investments is essential for both issuing and investing in them. The book is designed to serve as a valuable resource to those active in the marketplace, while also aiding basic understanding of the topics for those new to the field. The author offers a clear practitioner s perspective as opposed to an academic one; this hands-on approach is particularly important in a market that is new and still evolving.

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Alex Krutov is Managing Director of Century Atlantic Capital Management, where he developed an investment strategy across all types of insurance-linked securities (ILS) and collateralized reinsurance, as well as portfolio optimization and risk management techniques for ILS and reinsurance. Prior to joining the firm, he was President of Navigation Advisors LLC, a New York management-consulting firm focused on the insurance industry, capital markets, and general management. Prior to founding Navigation Advisors, Alex Krutov was employed in a variety of roles, including officer-level positions, at companies such as Transatlantic Reinsurance Company, American International Group, Reliance Group, UBS Warburg, and AXA Financial. Alex Krutov s primary expertise and experience involve the products that bridge the gap between (re)insurance and capital markets. He has strong expertise in insurance securitisation, alternative risk transfer, reinsurance and insurance underwriting, portfolio issues in investing in insurance-linked securities, risk analysis, pricing of catastrophe (re)insurance risk, and general management.

Alex Krutov is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, the Casualty Actuarial Society, and the Society of Actuaries. He chairs the Risk-Based Capital Committee of the American Academy of Actuaries. In addition to his actuarial credentials, Alex Krutov holds an MBA in Management and Finance from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He also holds an MS in Physics.

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