Insurance-linked securities (ILSs) are investment instruments whose value is directly related to insurance risk and whose performance is therefore not correlated with other asset classes. This makes ILSs attractive to many investors. From the insurer’s perspective, ILSs represent a means of accessing greater quantities of affordable risk transfer capacity because they are offered directly to capital markets.
Guernsey is becoming a jurisdiction of choice for establishing investment structures that are exposed to ILSs. As this article shows, this growth in interest in Guernsey is a result of: (1) Guernsey’s status as a domicile of choice for investment funds; (2) the ongoing growth in international insurance entities choosing to domicile in Guernsey; and (3) the ease with which Guernsey vehicles can access capital markets…
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