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US National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) define Insurance-linked securities as "products of the rapid development of financial innovation and the process of convergence between the insurance industry and the capital markets." 

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Inaugural cat bond a clear vote of confidence in Hong Kong: Regulator

The inaugural catastrophe bond issuance in Hong Kong is a clear vote of confidence in the Special Administrative Region (SAR) and a sign of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead, according to regulator the Insurance Authority (IA). The implementation of Hong Kong’s insurance-linked securities (ILS) regulatory regime and the legislation necessary to establish special purpose insurance or reinsurance vehicles for securitisations and issuance of catastrophe bond notes, is an initiative that has been portrayed as having close ties to mainland China. This work culminated in the successful issuance of the first

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Allocations to alternative investments to increase, ESG a factor: Eaton Partners

A survey of institutional investors by Eaton Partners found that almost two-thirds intend to increase their allocations to alternative asset classes and private capital markets, with 9% of respondents targeting non-correlated assets specifically, while ESG is also seen as an important factor for future investment flows. “As the world navigates new challenges related to the ongoing pandemic, inflationary pressures, supply chain disruption, and market volatility, LPs remain confident in the ability of private capital markets to weather these storms,” explained Jeff Eaton, Global Co-Head and Managing Director at Eaton Partners.

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City of Zurich pension to double insurance-linked securities allocation

The City of Zurich Pension Fund announced a rebalancing of its portfolio strategy, part of which will see the investor as much as double its allocation to the insurance-linked securities (ILS) asset class. The City of Zurich Pension Fund manages roughly 21 billion Swiss francs in assets, which equates to more than US $22.5 billion. Currently, as of the end of September 2021, the pensions allocation to insurance-linked securities (ILS) sits at around 1.5% of its assets, so could be roughly CHF 315 million, or US $340 million. FULL ORIGINAL

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