Cherry picked selection of news on ILS, DRF, Reinsurance and other matters related to our activities. Updated on a weekly basis.
With the BRI, new infrastructure have been constructed. But natural disasters can threaten large infrastructure projects and create financial turmoil in developing countries along the new Silk Road. Insurance-Linked Securities can mitigate this risk, but local authorities need to know more about this tool. The protection gap, the difference between economic and insured losses, is a damning reflection on both the insurance market and those responsible for managing risk. Protection gaps exist in both developed and
ARTEMIS: Changes to Hong Kong’s insurance and reinsurance market regulation came into effect on March 29th, including the new regulatory regime for insurance-linked securities (ILS) business. The Insurance Authority (IA) of Hong Kong has been working hard to put in place the necessary regulatory and tax regime for insurance-linked securities (ILS) issuance and business to be undertaken in the the Special Administrative Region. As we previously explained, the Government of Hong Kong revealed its plans for
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ARTEMIS: The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), a large Canadian institutional retirement fund, has more than doubled its investments in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) asset class over the last year. Insurance-linked securities (ILS), so investments into insurance-linked funds as well as some other reinsurance related securities, began in earnest for the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) in late 2019. Then in early 2020, HOOPP employed Bernard Van der Stichele, an experienced ILS and reinsurance
ARTEMIS: The efforts of the World Bank around disaster risk financing for its members continues to be a real benefit, and while the organisation can and will do more, this isn’t about being the dominant force in the market, according to Michael Bennett, Head of Derivatives & Structured Finance, World Bank Treasury. During last month’s annual ILS conference in New York City, held virtually for the first time owing to restrictions, Artemis spoke with Bennett
Large and getting larger: Emerging Asia’s protection gaps The prevalence of under-insurance and non-insurance in emerging markets is well-documented. The proverbial protection gap persists across different risks, from property to health and mortality, variously also extending to include longevity and liability. There are many reasons underpinning the large protection gap and low insurance penetration in emerging markets, which can be summarised as the “Triple-A Conundrum” – i.e. lack of Accessibility, Affordability and Awareness. These are considered key
ARTEMIS: German reinsurance giant Hannover Re benefited from its retrocessional protections throughout 2020, potentially ceding almost one-third of natural catastrophe losses and 24% of its losses from the COVID-19 pandemic. The reinsurer reported its full-year 2020 results this morning, revealing that large losses came in well above budget for its P&C reinsurance business due to the contribution of the pandemic. Hannover Re reported almost EUR 1.6 billion of net major losses in 2020, 950.1 million
FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Hong Kong’s Government has revealed some of the details of its proposed insurance-linked securities (ILS) grant scheme, through which it will pay a share of issuance costs for any ILS structures issued out of the Special Administrative Region. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HK SAR) of the People’s Republic of China has been preparing to allow insurance-linked securities (ILS) issuance from its financial market for a number of years now,
FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The Pacific Alliance, a Latin American trade bloc made up of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, would like to expand on the coverage provided by their catastrophe bonds, with hydro-meteorological risks including tropical cyclones, drought, floods and even cold weather all mooted as potential perils to include. The Ministries of Finance of the Pacific Alliance members met in late 2020 to discuss next steps in their disaster risk financing and catastrophe