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 / […]

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 A World Economic Forum (WEF) initiative focused on responses to humanitarian risk is investigating areas where catastrophe bonds may prove valuable tools for risk sharing with private markets and investors, according to a United Nations representative. The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an international organisation focused on public-private cooperation. Its annual […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Climate change adaptation projects and the need for them are rising up the agenda, as a recent surge in damages from severe weather and climate related catastrophe events concentrates the mind on the importance of investing in this area. Public authorities are showing renewed and increasing interest in climate adaptation, while […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Singapore and the World Bank aligned their missions to collaborate on the recent landmark first catastrophe bond issuance for the Philippines, as the pair look to stimulate insurance-linked securities (ILS) issuance in Asia as a financial solution for climate resilience. The Philippines catastrophe bond, IBRD CAR 123-124 which completed last week to provide […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The inaugural catastrophe bond to benefit the Philippines will also set another ILS market first, as the $225 million of notes issued through the World Bank’s IBRD CAR 123-124 cat bond transaction will be listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX). We understand that this will be the first listing of catastrophe bond […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE. PDF VERSION HERE China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the economic project which aims to recreate the ancient Silk Road that linked Europe to Asia, needs protecting. ILS could provide the perfect solution, as Kirill K. Savrassov, chief executive of Phoenix CRetro Reinsurance Company, tells Bermuda:Re+ILS. In September a 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook Istanbul, triggering the evacuation of schools […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE 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 […]