If April 1 is an accurate barometer for U.S. property/casualty insurers with June and July 1 reinsurance renewal dates, then those primary carriers can look forward to lower prices for both traditional and nontraditional covers, reinsurance brokers report.

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New capital flowing into ILS and collateralized reinsurance markets "materially altered" April 1 renewals for U.S. peak perils, and will impact midyear renewals also, according to brokers.

Aon Benfield and Guy Carpenter, in separate reports, say that carriers renewing on April 1 benefited from a wave of capital flowing into nontraditional vehicles—insurance-linked securities (catastrophe bonds and industry loss warranties) and collateralized reinsurance vehicles (sidecars)—noting that the capital pushed down prices for traditional reinsurance as well as nontraditional coverages.

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