ILS investing to expand in Japan, as alternatives & ESG focus increases

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Investing in insurance-linked securities (ILS) and other reinsurance linked assets that are broadly uncorrelated with wider financial markets are gaining in appeal, as alternative asset class allocations grow and a focus on ESG quality assets increases.

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) and other reinsurance assets, from catastrophe bonds, to ILS funds, sidecars and other vehicles, are all gaining an increasing profile in Japan.

Japanese pension funds have been investing in the ILS asset class for more than a decade, but now it’s reported that interest in investing in ILS is becoming increasingly widespread, in particular among corporate pension funds and regional banks.

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