Author: Greg Winterton

Contributing Editor

High inflation, the spectre of a recession and an increase in the cost of borrowing could put pressure on many SMEs that have taken out floating rate loans from private debt shops or that are looking to restructure existing debt or take out additional loans in the coming twelve to 24 months. It’s an industry wide challenge that the private debt sector – by far the largest subset of the alternative credit market – will face in the short term. Some of the nuances of the life insurance industry may provide some kind of insulation from the coming storm. Life…

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Participants: Rob Haynie, Managing Director, Life Insurance Settlements, Inc. Jon B. Mendelsohn, CEO, Ashar Group John Welcom, Founder & CEO, Welcome Funds Data from The Life Settlement Report, a part of The Deal suggests that 2021 saw a reduction in deal activity in the secondary life settlement market, the first such reduction in seven years. Life Risk News’ Greg Winterton spoke to life settlement brokers Rob Haynie, Managing Director, Life Insurance Settlements, Inc.; Jon B. Mendelsohn, CEO, Ashar Group; and John Welcom, Founder & CEO, Welcome Funds to get their views on the current state of supply of life settlements…

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The size of the life settlement market is difficult to measure, given the lack of both publicly available and industry-produced data when compared to other alternative asset classes. So, for this month’s poll on Life Risk News, we asked our readers for their best guess; the results were fairly evenly distributed. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a small percentage of readers felt that the total size of the industry was less than $5bn AUM. After that, however, opinion was fairly evenly split. 32.7% of readers think that life settlement industry AUM is between $5bn and $15bn; the exact same percentage think that industry…

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In a unanimous decision on October 20th, New York state’s highest court recently held that the First Amendment to New York Department of Financial Services’ Insurance Regulation 187 is constitutional. Life Risk News spoke to Barry Flagg, Inventor, Founder and President of Veralytic, to learn more about the implications of the ruling on the life insurance industry. LRN: Barry, the to-ing and fro-ing around New York state’s Reg 187 has finally come to an end. In your view, what is the immediate implication for the life insurance industry now that it has clarity going forward? BF: Now that the to-ing…

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When conducting investment due diligence on a strategy for inclusion in their portfolios, one of the first things that investors look at is the volatility profile of the return stream. It’s understandable, because timing an investment is one of the hardest endeavours in finance – just ask people who bought Bitcoin in 2017 and 2021 – and if attractive medium-long term returns seem to be influenced heavily by timing, that’s a tough sell to an investment committee. It’s also understandable because most investors have public equity and/or public/liquid credit experience. So, it makes sense to apply this logic to alternative…

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The current macroeconomic environment is having a significant impact on millions of people and businesses across the world, and in terms of the alternative investment industry, some hedge fund strategies are struggling, some private equity-backed companies are beginning to suffer, and start-ups promising the next great idea are finding it harder to secure venture capital funding. The going isn’t as tough in the life settlement market. Inflationary pressures don’t impact this corner of the investment world like they do others; the passing on of costs to the consumer – in this instance, the fund which owns a portfolio of secondary…

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