ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Lloyd’s has launched a new business interruption policy, which it believes is the “first of its kind” parametric solution designed to protect small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) against IT disruption or downtime. The new policy pays out automatically once a company’s IT services – such as cloud, e-commerce or payment systems […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The California Earthquake Authority (CEA) is back once again in the catastrophe bond market with the second issuance it has sponsored so far this year, seeking a $250 million or larger source of collateralised earthquake reinsurance from this Ursa Re II Ltd. (Series 2020-1) deal. Earlier this year, the CEA, which is a […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) continues to see the development of a regional catastrophe bond market as positive, highlighting at a recent workshop that cat bonds are a win-win relationship for governments and investors. The workshop last week was convened by The World Bank Treasury alongside the APEC Business Advisory Council […]

Nat cat protection gap widened in 2019 including in North America

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FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Despite the fact insurance and reinsurance markets become increasingly sophisticated in their use of technology to reach customers and provide enhanced coverage, in North America, perhaps the most advanced economy in insured terms, the natural catastrophe protection gap actually widened by over 7% in 2019. It should perhaps be considered an […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE. ALSO REPUBLISHED BY INTELLIGENT INSURER ITSELF, UNDRR’S PREVENTION WEB NET, SEEKING ALPHA AND BELT & ROAD NEWS. Countries in Central Asia and Eastern Europe that have been recipients of Chinese investment via projects associated with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) should use parametric sovereign cat bonds to insure themselves against the risk […]

FULL ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has extended its insurance-linked securities (ILS) grant scheme to the end of 2022, as Singapore looks to build on recent positive momentum and attract more catastrophe bond issuers to its shores. Speaking today at our Artemis ILS Asia virtual conference, Mr. Benny Chey, Assistant Manager […]

As mentioned by AON in their Weather, Climate & Catastrophe Insight: 2019  Annual Report, last year brought $232 billion of economic losses from natural disasters whereby only $71 billion was actually insured. It outlined that the world continue to face a fundamental issue of insurance gap, especially in emerging and developing countries, where losses for businesses and governments are only increasing following […]

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 / […]