Global insurance protection gap hit $1.4 trillion high in 2020: Swiss Re

The global insurance protection gap, or the gap between economic losses and those that are insured, widened in 2020 as pandemic related effects drove global macroeconomic resilience to decline by 18%, according to a measure by reinsurance firm Swiss Re.

Swiss Re Institute has published its Resilience Index, which shows that the COVID-19 pandemic reduced global macroeconomic resilience by close to a fifth in 2020.

Global economic growth is expected to recover strongly in 2021, after the pandemic-induced recession in 2020, thee reinsurance firm said, which it expects will help to build macroeconomic resilience again.

However, Swiss Re warns that “there will not be a return to pre-COVID-19 levels of resilience in 2021.”

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Global insurance protection gap hit $1.4 trillion high in 2020: Swiss Re

The global insurance protection gap, or the gap between economic losses and those that are insured, widened in 2020 as pandemic related effects drove global macroeconomic resilience to decline by 18%, according to a measure by reinsurance firm Swiss Re.

Swiss Re Institute has published its Resilience Index, which shows that the COVID-19 pandemic reduced global macroeconomic resilience by close to a fifth in 2020.

Global economic growth is expected to recover strongly in 2021, after the pandemic-induced recession in 2020, thee reinsurance firm said, which it expects will help to build macroeconomic resilience again.

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The only asset class that helps people rebuild after natural disasters

A core reason that insurance-linked securities (ILS), such as catastrophe bonds and other reinsurance linked investments, are considered as socially responsible investments by many allocators is the fact they deploy their capital into natural disaster recovery and rebuilding.

While ESG, environment, social and governance factors, are now seen as becoming critical for insurance-linked securities (ILS) strategies future popularity, the truth is that at least the S (social) aspect of ESG has been firmly embedded in the majority of ILS right from the start.

We first wrote about the importance of ESG for the catastrophe bond and broader ILS market back in 2009, when for the first time we learned of a pension fund citing ESG as an important criteria for its consideration of investing in a cat bond fund.

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More & better “catastrophe-triggered” instruments needed: UN Sec-Gen Guterres

United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres has again said that the world needs more catastrophe-triggered financing and better instruments to support the delivery of climate financing, to enhance disaster resilience, fund adaptation measures and finance climate risk.

Speaking today at the Insurance Development Forum’s (IDF) Summit 2021, UN Secretary General Guterres explained the important roles of the insurance sector (within which we’d include reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) of course) in adapting to a rapidly changing climate and the race to transition to net zero emissions by 2050.

With more than $35 trillion dollars of assets under management in the global insurance and reinsurance industry, Guterres said, “I encourage the insurance industry to align its portfolios and investments with net zero by 2050.

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参数化主权巨灾债券是“一带一路”的保险方式

通过与“一带一路”倡议相关的项目获得中国投资的中亚和东欧国家,应使用参数化主权巨灾债券来确保自身免受自然灾害的风险。

这是保险连结证券(ILS)和主权风险转移专家基里尔·萨符拉索夫(Kirill Savrassov)的观点。

萨夫拉索夫指出:《中国的“一带一路”倡议对中亚和东欧的全面保护方案提出了更高的要求》。

《中国将数百亿美元投入了该地区的基础设施建设,但实际上,其中连一个项目也没适当地投保物理伤害的险,尽管该地区面临着地震和其他自然灾害的高风险》。

在乌兹别克斯坦,哈萨克斯坦或塔吉克斯坦等国家,问题不是地震是否要发生,而是何时要发生,并且其毁灭力量多大。

自然灾害会破坏中国通过“一带一路”倡议帮助该地区发展的许多基础设施项目。如果建造后这种项目因地震而摧毁,那么东道国仍将欠缴中国的贷款,但是不会从基础设施投资中获取收益。

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Bill reintroduced calling for more NFIP flood reinsurance & cat bonds

A bill has been reintroduced to the United States Congress that again calls on lawmakers to codify that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as the administrator of the U.S. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), sets a PML target each year and buys reinsurance and capital market risk transfer solutions accordingly.

The Taxpayer Exposure Mitigation Act is one of four bills reintroduced by Congressman Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri and focuses solely on mandating use of risk capital to support the NFIP’s financing needs, de-risk it and enable it to pay its claims.

Efforts to enshrine in law a requirement for the NFIP to be de-risked with the help of the private reinsurance and capital markets have been underway some years, but so far these efforts have failed to gain the necessary support, or have been sidelined as other legislative issues took precedence.

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TWIA to double Alamo Re 2021 cat bond to $500m

The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) is now expected to double in size its new Alamo Re Ltd. (Series 2021-1) catastrophe bond transaction, which will now more than replace a soon to mature $400 million cat bond from 2018.

As we were first to report this week, TWIA’s staff said at a meeting on Wednesday that the new cat bond could be upsized, depending on the investor reception to the deal and resulting market pricing.

TWIA returned to the catastrophe bond market for this new Alamo Re 2021 catastrophe bond just over one week ago, at which time it was seeking just $250 million of reinsurance with the issuance.

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ILS is a growing part of the ESG mosaic, say industry experts

As responsible and sustainable investing continues to gain traction, the insurance-linked securities (ILS) asset class is expected to play an increasing role, but it’s important that the sector tells its own environmental, social and governance (ESG) story.

This is according to ILS and reinsurance industry experts speaking recently at the virtually held SIFMA Insurance and Risk Linked Securities conference.

The opening day of the event ended with a panel discussion on the future of ESG in the ILS market, moderated by Andy Palmer, Director, Deputy Head of ILS structuring, Swiss Re Capital Markets Limited.

Early in the discussion, panellist François Divet, Head of Insurance Linked Securities, Structured Finance, AXA Investment Managers, explained that at both AXA IM and the wider AXA Group, ESG subjects are viewed as extremely important for the reinsurance industry as a whole.

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Cat bond to narrow Jamaica’s natural disaster financing gap: World Bank

Work continues on the first catastrophe bond for Jamaica and the World Bank has highlighted how the soon to be launched transaction will help to narrow the Caribbean nations natural disaster financing gap.

As yet, the World Bank’s catastrophe bond for Jamaica has not come to market, but it is expected within the coming two months or so, in advance of the peak of the 2021 hurricane season.

Jamaica’s catastrophe bond has been a work-in-progress for some years now, as we’ve documented regularly, but was forcibly delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, as financial market volatility from the coronavirus outbreak put the Caribbean island nations’ first cat bond issuance on-hold, Jamaica’s finance minister previously said.

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Hong Kong reveals insurance-linked securities (ILS) grant details

Hong Kong’s Insurance Authority (IA), the independent insurance and reinsurance regulator for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HK SAR) of the People’s Republic of China, has now published initial details of its insurance-linked securities (ILS) grant scheme.

Back in February of this year, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong Paul Chan revealed plans for a Pilot Insurance‑linked Securities Grant Scheme that will pay as much as HK $12 million per issuance, which is close to US $1.6 million of potential ILS or catastrophe bond issuance cost savings for sponsors choosing to use Hong Kong as a domicile.

The Hong Kong Insurance Authority (IA) has now published details of a two-year Pilot Insurance-linked Securities Grant Scheme, which it says “provides an incentive for insurance companies and organisations to issue insurance-linked securities (ILS) in Hong Kong.”

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