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3 Schroders Insurance-Linked Securities 1 Why Insurance-Linked Securities? Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) give investors access to insurance risks and returns. They are issued by insurers and reinsurers to manage their exposure to very large risks such as hurricanes or floods. As investments, they offer a number of important potential benefits for UK pension funds: Diversification: Due to the unique characteristics of ILS, their returns tend to have a low correlation with the returns from other possible pension scheme investments. This means that an allocation to ILS can help to reduce the risk in a pension fund s investment strategy. Return opportunity: Since the inception of the asset class in the mid-1990s, ILS returns have been attractive compared to equities and many other major asset classes. They have also been much less volatile. Growth of the market: The ILS market has grown substantially in size over the last decade, and we expect this growth to continue as demand for the asset class increases. This means more opportunities for investors and more diversification within the asset class. It is now straightforward for pension funds to gain access to ILS via pooled funds. Schroders and Secquaero 1 Schroders has partnered with Secquaero Advisors, a specialist ILS boutique, to provide ILS to UK pension funds. Resource and experience: Together, Secquaero and Schroders have one of the largest ILS investment teams in the industry. The Secquaero team alone has over 180 years industry experience. Indeed, one of the managing partners was on the board of the company responsible for placing the first catastrophe risk bond in the market in Robust risk management: The management of tail risks low probability, high impact events that lead to an ILS asset losing part or all of its value is central to a successful ILS strategy. Through years of experience, Sequaero has developed a deep understanding of these risks. The team mitigates the risk of large losses by combining this experience with the latest risk modelling and portfolio construction tools. Comfort: UK pension funds can invest in ILS through a range of Schroders funds. These include the Schroder Investment Fund (IF) Core Insurance-Linked Securities Fund 2, which invests in a diversified portfolio of catastrophe risks and other non-life risks. Aimed at institutional investors, this fund is fully backed by Schroders, a global firm with over 200 years history and more than 260 billion in assets under management. 1 Information at December Schroder Investment Fund Core Insurance-Linked Securities Fund is also referred to as Schroder IF Core Insurance-Linked Securities Fund throughout this document.
4 2 Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS) explained There are a variety of different ILS instruments available. Catastrophe bonds (commonly referred to as cat bonds ) are the best known. These transfer the financial impact of a specified, large natural catastrophe from a reinsurer to the capital markets (e.g. pension funds). If the specified catastrophe occurs and is large enough the bond is triggered and the investor s principal is partially or fully paid to the reinsurer. This is akin to a default event for a corporate bond. In return for protection provided by the bond, the reinsurer pays a premium to the investor. These risk premiums are often attractive compared to the return from other asset classes and are, for example, often higher than the spread available from a basket of corporate bonds with a similar default probability. If the catastrophe does not occur during the life of the cat bond, or it occurs but is not large enough to trigger the payment, the bond s principal is repaid to the investor. In addition to insurance premiums, the investor receives a return on the principal, which is held in a separate collateral account. This is usually a money market (i.e. a cash-like) return. Figure 1: Structure of a cat bond Collateral Account 2. Principal is held in collateral account 1. Purchases bond ILS Fund 4. Receives coupons (Return on principal + insurance premium) Issuer 3. Pays Premium Reinsurer No (97% 98% probability) Occurence of insured event? Yes (2% 3% probability) Receive principal and premium Loss payment Term: usually 3 years, sometimes 4 or 5 years Source: Secquaero, for illustration only Examples of risks covered Catastrophe risks: the largest and most liquid segment, with the highest level of standardisation. This includes: US hurricane, US earthquake Japanese typhoon, Japanese earthquake European wind (winter storms), European earthquakes Other (e.g. tornadoes)
5 Schroders Insurance-Linked Securities 3 Other non-life-related risks: a smaller but growing part of the market, not yet standardised and less liquid. Examples include aviation, marine and motor. Life-related risks: it is also possible to invest in risks related to life (and death), for example, mortality, extreme mortality (pandemics) and longevity risk (the risk of living longer than expected). It is less common for UK pension funds to invest in these types of risks. Insurance claim structure who covers the loss? The figure below illustrates how an insurance company might spread the risk of losses from a particular event (such as a hurricane). In this example, the insurance company has transferred some of the risk both via traditional reinsurance deals and by issuing a cat bond. If the catastrophe occurs: the insurance company absorbs the first $1.5 billion of damage the traditional reinsurance provider will pay for the next $3 billion of losses the collateral from the cat bond is used to pay for losses in excess of $4.5 billion and up to $5 billion and so on. Figure 2: Insurance claim structure Cat bond $500mn Tradtional reinsurance $3bn Own risk $1.5bn Loss increasing Source: Schroders, for illustration only Cat bonds and other ILS can be structured to cover a particular range of losses to meet the needs of both the insurance company and the ILS investor. The insurance company typically retains a significant portion of the risk, which helps to align their interests with those of the ILS investors. Private transactions It is also possible to invest in bespoke, collateralised, reinsurance agreements which are drawn up between the reinsurer and individual investors. These private transactions are similar in structure to cat bonds, but are typically shorter in length (usually having a one-year term compared to around three years for a cat bond) and are non-tradable, unlike cat bonds. Private transactions broaden the universe of investible ILS assets, providing diversification beyond the cat bond market. Only some ILS fund managers are capable of modelling and structuring private transactions, as they require more resources and extensive experience in the (re)insurance market. These instruments can provide higher premiums and more attractive risk-return characteristics. In contrast to cat bonds, which are placed in the market, they are negotiated one-to-one between buyer and seller, so the underlying exposure can be tailored to complement an existing ILS portfolio.
6 4 Why do ILS appeal to UK pension schemes? An ILS investment has a number of important potential benefits for UK pension funds: 1) Diversification Due to the unique risk characteristics of ILS, their returns tend to have a low correlation to the returns of other assets that UK pension funds invest in. This means that an allocation to ILS can help to reduce the risk in a pension fund s investment strategy. Natural disasters can have significant financial consequences, but there tends to be little correlation between such events and the performance of the global financial markets. For example, when the Japanese earthquake struck in March 2011, the Swiss Re Cat Bonds Index lost 3.9% over the month (the worst month ever for the index). However, the MSCI World equity index was only down 0.9%. Indeed, even this modest fall largely reflected the Japanese equity market; the rest of the global equity market was broadly unaffected. Furthermore, as would be expected, there is no correlation in the other direction. Financial crises have no bearing on natural disasters and therefore have had very little impact on the ILS market. In October 2008 (the month following the Lehman default), US equities lost 16.8% 3, while the Swiss Re Global Cat Bond Index returned -1.8%. There are also excellent diversification opportunities within ILS as an asset class, as different types of natural catastrophes, or similar catastrophes in different regions, tend to have little or no correlation with one another. 2) Attractive risk and return potential Since the inception of the asset class, ILS returns have been attractive compared to equities and many other major asset classes. They have also been much less volatile. Although volatility has been very low compared to other asset classes, it is important to remember that ILS returns tend to be very non-normal. In other words, while losses tend to be much rarer than for other asset classes, when they do occur they can be large. This is because the underlying risk events, such as natural disasters, are themselves rare but potentially very costly. Managing the impact of low frequency, high severity events tail risks on the overall portfolio is an important part of a successful ILS strategy. 3 S&P 500 total return index.
7 Schroders Insurance-Linked Securities 5 3) A growing market As shown in the charts below, the ILS market has grown substantially since the beginning of the century. Figure 3: A growing asset class, market size in USD Life* $0.8 bn January $3.1 bn 2001 Nat-Cat $2.3 bn Other $1.0 bn Life* $19 bn January $75 bn 2014 Nat-Cat Private ILS $35 bn Nat-Cat Bonds $20 bn Other $10 bn Life* $30 bn 3-5 years $135 bn expected Nat-Cat Private ILS $60 bn Nat-Cat Bonds $35 bn Source: Schroders, January 2014; *Life portion excludes life settlements. We believe that we are basing our expectations and beliefs on reasonable assumptions. However, there is no guarantee that any forecasts will be realised. Nat-Cat = natural catastrophe. Although both investors and (re)insurers have grown more comfortable with the ILS market providing insurance risk capital, the catastrophe ILS market represents only approximately 14% of total catastrophe risks insured worldwide (January 2014). We expect this growth to continue as more investors become familiar with the asset class. One of the drivers of the market will be the introduction of Solvency II rules, which will increase the appeal of ILS to reinsurers. This is because reinsurers can reduce the amount of capital they need to put aside under Solvency II by passing on some of the risks they reinsure to investors. The growth in the ILS market has brought with it a number of advantages for investors: More opportunities for fund managers to exploit and a broader range of ILS making it easier to create diversified portfolios More liquidity (easier to invest and withdraw money) Comfort that investment structures have been tried and tested As the market has grown, so has the range of investment options available to UK pension funds. It is now possible to invest in pooled funds covering: Cat bonds Cat bonds, private cat transactions and other non-life risks All of the above plus life insurance risks
8 6 Schroders and Secquaero Schroders has partnered with Secquaero Advisors to develop an ILS proposition for UK pension funds and other institutional investors. The Schroders ILS investment desk is responsible for the investment management of the portfolios, while Secquaero acts as exclusive investment adviser to Schroders for all ILS strategies. The Secquaero team members have backgrounds in the (re)insurance industry and include underwriters, risk modellers and actuaries. Resources and experience: Together, Secquaero and Schroders offer one of the largest and most experienced ILS investment teams in the industry. This is a key competitive advantage in this specialist asset class. One of the managing partners of Secquaero Advisors was a board member of a large reinsurance company responsible for placing the first cat bond into the capital market in Strength in risk management: Managing the risk of large losses ( tail events ) is an integral part of a successful ILS strategy. As well as using industry standard tools, Secquaero has developed its own proprietary portfolio management tool, SPOT, which is used for portfolio construction and what if analysis. The benefit of Secquaero s expertise in risk management is demonstrated by the chart below. Here we show the performance of a carve out 4 of the longest-running Secquaero fund over a period which includes the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This event coincided with the largest monthly loss for the Swiss Re Cat Bond Index in March Secquaero s experience in managing tail risks meant that it was able to deliver a much smoother path of returns over this period than a comparable index. Figure 4: Secquaero s expertise in managing tail risks: a smoother path of returns Tohoku earthquake and tsunami Japan 80 May 08 Nov 08 May 09 Nov 09 May 10 Nov 10 May 11 Nov 11 May 12 Nov 12 May 13 Nov 13 Source: Secquaero Advisors, Bloomberg. Data from 31 May 2008 to 31 December Non-life carve out of Cayman-domiciled Secquaero ILS Fund gross of management fees vs Swiss Re Global Cat Bond Index. 4 We show a non-life carve out of the Cayman based Secquaero ILS Fund (which includes life risks as well as non-life risks). The non-life-risk Schroder IF Core Insurance-Linked Securities Fund had not launched at the time of the Tohoku earthquake.
9 Schroders Insurance-Linked Securities 7 Schroder Investment Fund Core Insurance-Linked Securities Fund Schroders and Secquaero offer a range of ILS funds to institutional investors, covering the full range of insurable risks. An example is the Schroder IF Core Insurance-Linked Securities Fund, which has been designed for UK defined benefit pension funds and other institutional investors. Investment objective: The fund targets an annual return of 3-month USD Libor + 6%, net of fees, with a strong focus on managing tail risks. What the fund invests in: The fund invests mainly in securities linked to natural catastrophes, such as hurricanes and earthquakes. To a lesser extent it will invest in other risks, such as man-made risks like aviation, marine or offshore energy (but not life insurance risks). The fund will invest partly in tradable catastrophe bonds, but also in private transactions. These allow the fund to broaden its opportunities, achieve better portfolio diversification and obtain tailor-made exposure to certain insurance risks. In certain periods, private transactions may also offer higher returns than cat bonds. Liquidity: Private transactions are generally less liquid than listed instruments. The investment cycle for private transactions is governed by three periods during the year (January, April and June) when most renewals take place. The fund s subscription and redemption terms are structured to match this cycle so that new subscriptions can be invested quickly and efficiently, and to avoid a liquidity mismatch.
10 8 Jargon Buster Cat bond: A catastrophe bond is issued by an insurance or reinsurance company to reduce the possible impact of claims resulting from a specific large natural disaster for which it has provided insurance. Such a cat bond transfers part or all of the financial impact of the specified catastrophe from the (re)insurer to investors in the capital markets. If the specified catastrophe occurs and is of sufficient size, the bond is triggered and the investors principal is partially or fully paid to the reinsurer to meet its claims. In return for the bond s protection, the reinsurer pays a premium to the investor. If the catastrophe does not occur (or if it occurs but is not large enough to trigger the payment), the bond s principal is repaid to the investor. Life risk: This includes mortality, extreme mortality (pandemics) and longevity risk (the risk of living longer than expected). Moral hazard: Where one party shoulders risks that they would not have taken had the consequences of those risks not been passed on to someone else. Moral hazard can be managed by ensuring that both parties retain some financial exposure to the risk in question. Non-life risk: This covers natural disasters and also man-made risks, such as aviation and marine risks. Private transaction: Bespoke reinsurance agreements which are drawn up between the reinsurer and individual investors. The underlying risk can be the same as for a cat bond, but private transactions are not tradable. Tail risks: Rare events with large financial consequences, such as earthquakes and other natural disasters.
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12 t r u s t e d h e r i t a g e a d v a n c e d t h i n k i n g About us Contact us Schroders is a truly global asset management company. We manage billion (EUR billion/$446.8 billion)* on behalf of institutional and retail investors, financial institutions and high net worth clients from around the world. We have been building relationships with UK institutional clients for over 60 years. With more than 36 billion in assets managed on behalf of both defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes in both the corporate and public sector, UK pension funds form a significant proportion of our global client base. We offer UK pension schemes access to a wide universe of asset classes, with specialist capabilities in global and regional equities, fixed income, and a series of alternatives and structured products. Coupled with our suite of diversified growth and liability-driven investment products and a bespoke low governance, pension de-risking service called Flight Path, we offer a comprehensive range of products and services that are appropriate for the requirements of, and designed specifically for, UK pension schemes. *Source: Schroders. All figures quoted at 31 March James Nunn Institutional Business Development Tel: +44 (0) Mark Humphreys Head of UK Strategic Solutions Tel: +44 (0) Schroder Investment Management Limited 31 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7QA, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) Visit For Professional Investors only. Not Suitable for Retail Clients. This document is intended to be for information purposes only and it is not intended as promotional material in any respect. The material is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any financial instrument. Schroders has expressed its own views and opinions in this document and these may change. The material is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, accounting, legal or tax advice, or investment recommendations. Information herein is believed to be reliable but Schroder Investment Management Limited (Schroders) does not warrant its completeness or accuracy. The data has been sourced by Schroders and should be independently verified before further publication or use. No responsibility can be accepted for error of fact or opinion. This does not exclude or restrict any duty or liability that Schroders has to its customers under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended from time to time) or any other regulatory system. Past Performance is not a guide to future performance and may not be repeated. The value of investments and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amounts originally invested. The forecasts stated in the document are the result of statistical modelling, based on a number of assumptions. Forecasts are subject to a high level of uncertainty regarding future economic and market factors that may affect actual future performance. The forecasts are provided to you for information purposes as at today s date. Our assumptions may change materially with changes in underlying assumptions that may occur, among other things, as economic and market conditions change. We assume no obligation to provide you with updates or changes to this data as assumptions, economic and market conditions, models or other matters change. For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller in respect of any personal data you supply is Schroder Investment Management Limited. Personal information you supply may be processed for the purposes of investment administration by any company within the Schroders Group and by third parties who provide services and such processing and which may include the transfer of data outside of the European Economic Area. Schroder Investment Management Limited may also use such information to advise you of other services or products offered by the Schroder Group unless you notify it otherwise in writing. Issued in May 2014 by Schroder Investment Management Limited, 31 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7QA. Registration No in England. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. For your security, communications may be taped or monitored. w45065
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