PGGM added $355m to Vermeer Re investment in 2019, to hit target $1bn cap

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FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE PGGM, the Dutch pension fund investment manager and the largest investor in the insurance-linked securities (ILS) space, made good on its option to upsize its allocation to Vermeer Reinsurance Ltd., the joint-venture vehicle that is managed by RenaissanceRe, taking Vermeer’s total capitalisation to over $1 billion in 2019. Vermeer Reinsurance Ltd. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE As institutional investors look to asset classes that promote sustainable and responsible investing, increasingly, they are drawn to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) qualities of insurance-linked securities (ILS), according to Greg Wojciechowski, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX). Speaking during a panel discussion held […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE To reach the required levels of adaptation and increase the world’s resilience to climate change, parametric insurance is critical in order to manage the long-term impacts and the transition, according to Carl Hess, Head of Investment, Risk and Reinsurance at broker Willis Towers Watson (WTW). Hess was speaking as part of […]

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 A recent survey of 200 Chief Investment Officers (CIO’s) and investment team members from the life, property and casualty, insurance and reinsurance sector found that 18% of respondents are already holding some insurance-linked securities (ILS) within their investment portfolios. The survey undertaken by Natixis looked at what is driving insurance and […]

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 Catastrophe bonds continue to gain traction as a potential capital structure for delivering post-disaster financing or funding for international humanitarian and development organisations, with the United Nations agency UNICEF among the latest to explore insurance-linked securities (ILS). Forward-looking agencies and humanitarian organisations are exploring the cat bond as a way to […]