ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The government of Hong Kong included insurance-linked securities (ILS) in its budget this week, demonstrating the level of importance being placed on developing appropriate legislation in the Special Administrative Region of China. Hong Kong began planning for the development of legislation to allow for the establishment of reinsurance related special purpose vehicles for […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Insurers and reinsurers in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are struggling to remain profitable in the face of significant geopolitical instability and regulatory changes, according to a report by A.M. Best. The rating agency noted that, whilst the overall economy for the CIS improved in 2018 compared to prior years, challenges […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Singapore’s first insurance-linked securities transaction (ILS) has been finalised, according to law firm Rajah & Tann Singapore which acted as Singapore counsel to the transaction. The ILS comprises a catastrophe bond sponsored by Insurance Australia Group. The bond is the first Australian dollar-denominated catastrophe bond in the global market and a A$75m […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has sponsored its first catastrophe bond and the transaction is also the first cat bond to be issued in Singapore, using the countries’ Special Purpose Reinsurance Vehicle (SPRV) regulations. The AUD $75 million Orchard ILS Pte Ltd transaction has broken new ground by becoming the first cat bond to […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE A group of United Nations backed initiatives are looking to expand the use of parametric or index insurance and reinsurance in the Pacific region, with a study expected to identify new use-cases and possibilities to drive uptake. The Pacific islands are not strangers to parametric insurance, having a World Bank supported Pacific […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE A Parliamentary panel has proposed comprehensive insurance coverage for all properties located in disaster prone areas. The Standing Committee on Finance noted that India has become more vulnerable in recent years to floods, droughts, cyclones, earthquakes, landslides, avalanches, etc, due to factors such as climate change, deforestation, and encroachments, etc, reported The Times […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE A bill has been introduced that if enacted would authorise the California Governor, Insurance Commissioner, and Treasurer to purchase insurance, reinsurance insurance-linked securities (ILS) or other alternative risk transfer (ART) products to help pay costs resulting from natural disasters. California is of course particularly exposed to major earthquake events, but it is […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE ASTANA – In an exclusive interview with this newspaper, Akim (Governor) of Almaty oblast Amandyk Batalov shares his views on the region’s transformation from a formerly agrarian to a combined agrarian and industrial one, its efforts to attract tourists to its diverse destinations as well as its growing role as a key […]

ORIGINAL PUBLICATION HERE The Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) will aim to secure at least $2.1 billion of protection from the global reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) market for the 2019 hurricane season, taking its total claims-paying capacity to at least $4.2 billion. TWIA’s Board this week approved its staff to go to market and […]