Croatia hit by M6.4 earthquake, strongest recorded to hit the country

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Yesterday, Croatia was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that has destroyed many buildings and was the largest quake to strike the country since the introduction of modern seismic instrumentation.

The M6.4 earthquake struck central Croatia at 11:19 GMT on Tuesday December 29th at a depth of 10km around 30 miles southeast of the capital city Zagreb.

The earthquake was widely felt in the region, with shaking experienced across the Balkans and property damage experienced in a wide number of towns and villages across central Croatia.

How to close Asia’s insurance protection gap

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Asia will drive the growth of the global insurance market in the years to come. Technological innovation along with solid financing and the right policies will be needed to make sure as many people as possible in the region get the insurance protection they need.

The demand for insurance in Asia in the coming decade will be shaped by rising household income levels of a rapidly expanding middle-class, policy measures to accelerate financial inclusion, and strengthening social protection and government insurance programs.

Governments are also increasingly making businesses, households, and individuals responsible for managing the adverse financial consequences of risks to assets, lives, incomes, and livelihoods.  One can, therefore, expect increased spending on buying protection and an expanding role for the insurance and capital markets to manage contingent liabilities better. The same holds for access to medical care, which will be spurring demand for health insurance.

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Where the new ILS opportunities lie – and how to access them

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In a webinar hosted by Intelligent Insurer’s Re/insurance Lounge, AkinovA CEO Henri Winand and Kirill Savrassov of Phoenix CRetro explored the possibilities for ILS to expand into new geographies and lines of business.

A significant motive for bringing insurance-linked securities (ILS) to new geographies is diversification of portfolios, according to Henri Winand, founder and chief executive officer of AkinovA.

Speaking in an Intelligent Insurer Re/insurance Lounge webinar titled “New domiciles, new risks, new structures: another evolution for ILS”, he noted that while an attraction of ILS is that it is seen as uncorrelated from the capital markets, it has a disadvantage in that portfolios are largely concentrated in North America, and to some extent in Asia.

Izmir, Turkey earthquake industry loss estimated at EUR 55m by PERILS

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The earthquake that struck off the coast of Turkey on October 30th and devastated some areas including the Izmir region is estimated to have only cost the insurance and reinsurance industry EUR 55 million, according to an estimate from PERILS AG.

The earthquake cause significant property damage around the Izmir region, downing buildings and damaging hundreds more, while some 114 people have been reported to have died from the quake.

Interestingly, PERILS, the Zurich based provider of insurance and reinsurance market loss information, explains the Izmir earthquake as a magnitude 6.9 event, despite the fact the USGS has reviewed the event as a magnitude 7.0.

Interview to Investing in Private Markets, Europe 2020 Report: “Growth potential and resilience of ILS as an alternative capital”

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Investing in private markets remains a prevalent strategy for institutional asset owners, and one that has demonstrated resilience even through the duration of the first quarter of this year as the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the globe. This is not to say private markets investment has been without issue, in the early months of the pandemic investing capital proved problematic in part because businesses were under financial pressure, and in part that funds were unable to access financing.

This report brings together UK and Wider Europe based Investment Actuaries, Heads of Insurance Asset Management, Investment Managers, Head of Investments and Senior Specialist. We explore regulatory improvements, investigate the due diligence that investing in private markets requires, dissect the information disadvantage, evaluate diversification as a key benefit, discuss the supply and demand imbalance, and address the increased role of climate positive and infrastructure related investments.

Hamilton looks to Singapore for first full cat bond with Easton Re Pte. Ltd.

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Hamilton, the Bermuda based insurance and reinsurance holding company, is entering the catastrophe bond market for its first full, syndicated Rule 144a transaction and Singapore is to be the domicile of choice, after the company registered Easton Re Pte. Ltd.  as an issuer.

Our sources told us that Hamilton would likely return to the catastrophe bond market towards the end of this year, as it seeks out third-party capitalised retrocessional reinsurance protection for the book underwritten by its reinsurer Hamilton Re.

Hamilton Re has sponsored a private catastrophe bond issuance before, using reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter’s cat bond issuance vehicle Cerulean Re SAC Ltd.

Singapore Gov calls for catastrophe bond cooperation with China

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China’s western region and in particular the municipality of Chongqing with its population of over 31 million, which includes the megacity of the same name, could benefit from cooperation on topics such as disaster insurance, with catastrophe bonds seen as an opportunity, according to the Singapore government’s Monetary Authority.

Speaking at the 3rd Singapore-China (Chongqing) Connectivity Initiative (CCI) Financial Summit this week, Ravi Menon, Managing Director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore highlighted disaster risk insurance and reinsurance as a key area for the two countries to cooperate on.

Singapore has opened its financial market to catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities (ILS) in recent years, successfully supporting nine catastrophe bond issues since early 2019.

中国的“一带一路”倡议会将启动亚洲的保险连结证券

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Phoenix CRetro首席执行官基里尔·萨符拉索夫(Kirill Savrassov)认为,中国的“一带一路”倡议中的国家在很大程度上没有保险的支持,但是会将受益于该地区引入的保险连结证券。

萨符拉索夫在SIRC 2020 Re-Mind之前举行的标题为“新住所,新风险,新结构:保险连结证券另一种演变”的Intelligent Insurer 的Re/insurance Lounge网络研讨会上讲话时,他强调了在这些国家中发生的巨灾事件会对“一带一路”倡议的效率造成更广泛的影响。

他指出:《在运输和关键基础设施方面,这些国家正在获得数十亿美元的投资,但仍未投保大型自然灾害的险》。

《保护这些关键基础设施不仅对这些国家而且对作为当地区域投资者的中国都非常有利。即使在哈萨克斯坦或乌兹别克斯坦发生轻微地震,也可能导致运输走廊被堵塞》。

China’s Belt and Road Initiative could kick-start ILS in Asia

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The countries of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) are largely unsupported by insurance and would benefit from the introduction of insurance-linked securities (ILS) into the region, according to Kirill Savrassov, chief executive of Phoenix CRetro.

Speaking in an Intelligent Insurer Re/insurance Lounge webinar titled “New domiciles, new risks, new structures: another evolution for ILS”, which took place ahead of SIRC 2020 Re-Mind, Savrassov highlighted how a cat event in one of those countries could cause wider repercussions for the delivery of the BRI.

“Those countries are receiving billions and billions of investment into their transport and critical infrastructure but remain uninsured and uncovered for large natural disasters,” he said.