ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The international community has pledged $1.25 billion to help Albania recover from a devastating earthquake during a European Union-led donors’ conference in Brussels.  “UN agencies have joined forces in developing and implementing the recovery measures based on the sectoral needs as identified by the Government,” said Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, Director of the […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Despite the fact a catastrophe bond for Jamaica has not yet come to market, after receiving support to pay premiums for the in-development first issuance the Caribbean island nation is already preparing to budget for its future renewal. Jamaica’s government has been working towards sponsoring its first catastrophe bond for at least […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The government of Mexico has returned to the catastrophe bond market with the help of the World Bank and its International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), seeking a $425 million or larger slice of parametric earthquake and hurricane disaster insurance from the capital markets through an issue we’ve named IBRD / […]

PIMCO adds almost $26m more to its ILS Series SPC fund vehicle

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FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Giant asset manager PIMCO has raised and deployed more funds into its Cayman Islands based ILS Series SPC fund, taking total insurance-linked assets within one segregated fund account to $51.8 million and overall assets in the vehicle to just over $150 million. PIMCO (Pacific Investment Management Company LLC), the investment management […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The World Bank has helped two more countries join those benefiting from a source of catastrophe contingent disaster risk financing, as both Vanuatu and Grenada become the latest to receive a Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat DDO) arrangement. The World Bank continues to deliver these catastrophe contingent risk financing solutions to […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Innovative insurance and reinsurance mechanisms such as catastrophe bonds, risk pooling facilities and parametric triggers are all key ways that risk mitigation can be improved in the world’s most vulnerable areas, Aon said today. The insurance and reinsurance broker highlighted the continuing issue of the protection gap and the need for […]

PGGM grows ILS portfolio 16% to ~$6.5bn in 2019, adds new reinsurance partners

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FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE PGGM, the Dutch pension fund investment manager and the largest single source of assets in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market, has grown the size of its ILS portfolio by roughly 16% in 2019, to reach around US $6.5 billion of assets and also added two new reinsurance partners during the year. […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE  City of 15 million is on a fault line rocked by a series of temblors Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city with 15 million people, should prepare for an earthquake of magnitude 7.5. That was the chilling prediction of Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu after the temblor measuring 6.7 that killed dozens of people Jan. 24 in Elazig […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE. LINK TO THE WORKSHOP PAGE HERE The human cost of disasters is not just measured in the deaths and injuries that they cause, but also in terms of their lasting economic impact on survivors and countries. Natural disasters don’t just destroy homes, factories, shops, and fields; they can altogether annihilate years of economic […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Establishing a national disaster insurance scheme is one of the main features of the UNDP’s NAP for Bosnia & Herzegovina. Improving BiH’s preparedness for dealing with Nat Cat events is instrumental considering the expected increase in flood losses and the very low current insurance coverage. Over the past eighteen years the country […]