Ledger Investing launches Nanorock casualty ILS fund

Ledger Investing has launched its first insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund, a casualty risk focused strategy backed by a single investor, and an ILS management unit, Ledger ILS Managers LLC. While the firm plans a $300 million co-mingled casualty ILS fund strategy as well.

Using its own technology platform, a marketplace for connecting capital market investor funding with insurance and reinsurance risks, Ledger Investing has announced the closing of Nanorock Fund Ltd.

The Nanorock Fund will invest primarily in casualty insurance risks through the Ledger Connect platform, its proprietary tech platform, with a range of longer-tailed liability driven lines in scope.

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LADWP gets $30m of wildfire cover from new Power Protective Re cat bond

California based utility the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has finally secured $30 million of wildfire insurance cover from its second catastrophe bond issue, after the Power Protective Re Ltd. (Series 2021-1) deal was priced at the raised coupon level.

The eventual and successful pricing of this second Power Protective Re cat bond demonstrates that wildfire insurance, or reinsurance, capacity is available from the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market.

But the process to get to this pricing shows that this is not at any cost and ILS funds and investors are demanding higher returns for the California wildfire peril after recent losses from it.

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BlackRock aims to raise $2.3bn+ for ESG fund that targets cat bonds

Giant asset manager BlackRock is aiming to raise more than $2.3 billion for its new environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment fund strategy that includes catastrophe bonds as one of its target asset types.

As we were the first to cover back in August, the investment manager is marketing the soon to launch BlackRock ESG Capital Allocation Trust, a closed-end fund strategy focused on equity and debt securities, at least 80% of which will be expected to meet specified environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.

The strategy will see BlackRock’s portfolio managers for the ESG fund screen out certain issuers and focus on bonds that are demonstrably ESG appropriate.

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UNDP launches Insurance & Risk Finance Facility, ILS support anticipated

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has today launched the Insurance and Risk Finance Facility (IRFF), a new initiative that aims to build financial resilience and bridge a $1.4 trillion global health, mortality, and disaster protection gap, with support from the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market expected in future.

Importantly, this Insurance and Risk Finance Facility (IRFF) will work to channel risk to private insurance, reinsurance and capital markets over-time, and aims to significantly increase the role of insurance and risk-financing in development.

The German Government has contributed €35 million in funding to the Facility, which will be used for technical work and capacity building on the ground, as well as for the development of new insurance products.

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China regulator calls on insurers to sponsor cat bonds in Hong Kong

China’s insurance regulator has called on insurers in the country to look to sponsor catastrophe bonds in Hong Kong as a way to access diversified sources of reinsurance capacity and offload peak natural catastrophe risks.

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) said in a notice that domestic Chinese insurers sponsoring catastrophe bonds out of Hong Kong will be supporting its “closer” economic partnership agreement between the country and the Special Administrative Region.

As we’ve explained before, China’s government has been supportive of the development and introduction of catastrophe bond rules in Hong Kong and sees the special purpose reinsurance vehicles that can now be established there as a route for mainland Chinese insurers to access the capital markets for risk transfer and reinsurance purposes.

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Germany contributes $40.9M to risk transfer initiative

The United Nations Development Programme said Monday that the German government has contributed €35 million ($40.9 million) in funding for a new risk transfer initiative, the Insurance and Risk Finance Facility, within its Finance Sector Hub.

The goal is to co-create insurance and risk finance solutions in over 50 developing countries by 2025 and contribute to the InsuResilience Vision 2025 target of protecting 500 million poor and vulnerable people by 2025.

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China regulator calls on insurers to sponsor cat bonds in Hong Kong

China’s insurance regulator has called on insurers in the country to look to sponsor catastrophe bonds in Hong Kong as a way to access diversified sources of reinsurance capacity and offload peak natural catastrophe risks.

The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) said in a notice that domestic Chinese insurers sponsoring catastrophe bonds out of Hong Kong will be supporting its “closer” economic partnership agreement between the country and the Special Administrative Region.

As we’ve explained before, China’s government has been supportive of the development and introduction of catastrophe bond rules in Hong Kong and sees the special purpose reinsurance vehicles that can now be established there as a route for mainland Chinese insurers to access the capital markets for risk transfer and reinsurance purposes.

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Red Cross volcano cat bond issuance recognised for ESG credentials

The first parametric catastrophe bond covering pure volcanic eruption risk, which was brought to market by Replexus and Howden Capital Markets and for the Danish Red Cross has been recognised for its environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials.

The Guernsey International Insurance Association (GIIA) has awarded its first environmental, social and governance (ESG) accreditation to an insurance entity and that entity is the Dunant Re IC Limited incorporated cell of Replexus ICC (Guernsey) Limited, the issuer of the volcano catastrophe bond earlier this year.

Operated and arranged by Cedric Edmonds, Founder and Director at Replexus ICC, while managed by Aon Insurance Managers (Guernsey), the vehicle has been recognised thanks to being the home to the first humanitarian catastrophe bond issuance.

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CEA’s risk transfer returns to $9.6bn. Short-term future needs less certain

The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) increased the size of its reinsurance and catastrophe bond risk transfer program by around 4.4% as of the end of July 2021, to reach almost $9.6 billion, but in the short-term future growth of the program seems less certain due to rising exposure and the cost of coverage.

That’s practically the same as the record size for the program, of also almost $9.6 billion of risk transfer that the CEA had in-force as of October 2020.

A relatively significant amount of catastrophe bond maturities shrank the CEA’s risk transfer and reinsurance program, back to $9.15 billion by December 2020, a figure it remained at through the end of last year.

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Mexico struck by M7.0 quake. World Bank cat bond appears safe

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has struck the Pacific coast of Mexico close to the tourist heavy area of Acapulco. At this stage, it appears the World Bank facilitated IBRD / FONDEN 2020 parametric catastrophe bond that provides the Mexican government with earthquake insurance protection is safe from loss, but it is hard to be certain on the limited information available to us.

The $485 million 2020 issued IBRD / FONDEN catastrophe bond provides risk capital to support Mexico’s FONDEN natural disaster fund, via reinsurance agreements with Mexican government-owned insurer Agroasemex S.A.

Two tranches of the cat bond notes issued for the FONDEN 2020 deal are exposed to earthquake risks, providing $235 million of earthquake insurance protection, on a parametric trigger basis.

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