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Parametric triggers, coupled with increasingly granular data and technology, can “expand the limits of insurability” according to Swiss Re, especially when it comes to non-physical damage business interruption (NDBI).

Innovation continues to deliver on new ways to mitigate risks, Swiss Re said in a recent report.

These innovations are enabling better management of risk, greater ability to transfer those risks, and even in some cases making the previously uninsurable insurable.

For global insurance and reinsurance players, investments in initiatives that can help to unlock new risk categories and classes of business are seen as key strategic priorities right now.

We’re all in on ILS, because it’s the future: Markel Co-CEO Whitt

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Speaking yesterday to an audience at the InsureTech Connect conference in Las Vegas, Markel Co-CEO Richard Whitt explained that his company is going all in on insurance-linked securities (ILS).

Richard R. Whitt, III, one of the Co-Chief Executive Officer’s of insurance and reinsurance group Markel Corporation, explained that alongside the technological trends the conference is focused on, he sees insurance-linked securities (ILS) as another key development that will shape the future of risk markets.

Technology and insurance-linked securities (ILS) together can reshape risk markets, delivering more effective risk analysis and channelling the most efficient capital to the most appropriate risks more seamlessly and efficiently, something we’ve been banging on about for a number of years now.

Parametric ILS “vital” to reduce protection gaps, increase resilience: Mark Carney, Bank of England

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Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, discussed the role of insurance and reinsurance technology as an essential financial took to smooth the world’s transition to a 1.5 degree world and highlighted the role of insurance-linked securities (ILS) within that.

Speaking on Sunday in New York, on the sidelines of the Climate Action Summit held at the United Nations, Carney said that the insurance and reinsurance sectors role in responding to climate change is “crucial” and can be “decisive.”

The Governor of the Bank of England explained that the re/insurance market brings three valuable traits with it, expertise, money and a perspective on climate related risks, which are all “crucial in helping society adjust to the reality of that transition.”

Hudson Structured raises $300m from Indiana & Maryland state pensions

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Hudson Structured Capital Management Ltd., the insurance-linked securities (ILS), reinsurance and transportation focused investment manager that undertakes its insurance investment business as HSCM Bermuda, has raised new capital from two U.S. state retirement system pension funds in recent months.

According to documents from board of trustee meetings held by the Indiana Public Retirement System and the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, both of the pension investors have selected Hudson Structured to manage some of their ILS and reinsurance linked investments for them.

ILS and reinsurance as an asset class is becoming increasingly main-stream for the large U.S. state retirement systems and pension funds, with allocations steadily increasing from these large institutional investors.

IDF members commit $5bn of capacity to support InsuResilience goals

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Members of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF) have committed to provide up to US $5 billion of risk capacity to support delivery of the InsuResilience Vision 2025 goals, while the United Nations and other sovereign actors have committed to extending climate and disaster insurance to 500 million.

Announced yesterday in New York ahead of the UN Climate Summit for Action, the United Nations, Germany, the United Kingdom and stakeholders from the insurance and reinsurance industry announced new commitments to increase insurance protection in climate exposed countries of the world.

The goal is to increase climate change resilience for the most vulnerable countries through the use of risk modelling, risk management and disaster risk insurance and reinsurance techniques.

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Bangladesh could benefit from the use of insurance and reinsurance structures including catastrophe bonds as a way to secure much needed capacity enabling it to better respond to natural disasters and climate related risks, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Having completed a new economic assessment of the country, the IMF says that Bangladesh is making progress in reducing poverty, improving access to education and in delivering other development goals, but there is an overarching threat to the country posed by extreme weather and climate change.

Bangladesh is considered one of the countries most exposed to climate change related risks, with as much as one-third of the population at risk of displacement if sea levels rise.

SCOR may front for ILS funds: Conoscente

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Speaking to Artemis from the SCOR lounge in Monte Carlo, Jean-Paul Conoscente, chief executive of SCOR Global P&C, outlined the company’s ambitious plans to place ILS at the heart of the business.

He said the reinsurers remained “nimble”, giving the reinsurer the ability to innovate.

SCOR’s latest strategic plan – Quantum Leap – plans to more closely align SCOR Global P&C’s reinsurance underwriting unit and SCOR Investment Partners.

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There is a potentially big opportunity for the insurance-linked securities (ILS) markets to develop parametric cat bonds that could cover some of the growing risks in Eastern Europe and Western areas of Asia, according to Kirill Savrassov, chief executive of PhoenixCRetro.

Savrassov told Monte Carlo Today that for a wide range of historical reasons insurance penetration remains very low in various countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as Turkey and parts of former Yugoslavia. Those areas are highly vulnerable to earthquakes, such as the ones that devastated Armenia and Tashkent over the past 50 years.

Savrassov pointed out that a huge amount of investment is being poured into the region by the Chinese government, which is seeking to expand its economic footprint with its Belt and Road Initiative, an economic project to essentially recreate the ancient Silk Road that linked Europe to Asia.

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Kirill Savrassov, chief executive officer of Phoenix CRetro Re, says the reinsurer’s foray into sovereign catastrophe bonds is a win-win solution for governments in earthquake-prone regions, where insurance penetration has been historically low.

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The U.S. state of California is getting increasingly serious about the use of insurance or risk transfer to provide financing against climate risks and financing to support climate adaptation and resilience building.

The state is already in the process of putting into place legislation that would allow it to purchase insurance, reinsurance, insurance-linked securities (ILS), or other alternative risk transfer (ART) structures, to help fund the economic burden from natural disasters.

This legislation stalled recently though, as arguments emerged that the state can already purchase risk transfer.