IMF: Swapping Debt for Climate or Nature Pledges Can Help Fund Resilience

Innovative debt swaps can help governments that have limited access to traditional grants or debt relief Countries that are most vulnerable to climate change—and the associated loss of natural biodiversity—are often those least able to afford investment to strengthen resilience because their budgets are burdened by debt. Such countries face a high risk of fiscal […]

Twelve Capital gets Art 9 SFDR classification for Climate Transition Equity Strategy

Twelve Capital, the Zurich headquartered investment manager with a focus on insurance-linked securities (ILS), insurance and reinsurance linked investments, has had its Climate Transition Equity Strategy classified under Article 9 of SFDR. The strategy focuses on the environmental aspects of climate sustainability, while also considering social and governance aspects. It is employed to operate an […]

When it comes to ESG, governance should be a given in ILS: Albertini

For the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market, the ‘G’, or governance, within ESG, should always have been a given, as the industry needs to have strong governance around its underwriting practices, Luca Albertini, CEO of Leadenhall Capital Partners explained to Artemis. ESG, or environmental, social and governance has become one of the hottest topics in the […]

Diversification in focus for world’s largest pension funds

Many of the world’s largest pension fund investors are actively seeking out diversification opportunities, as they shift portfolios in light of global economic volatility, which could serve to further raise the profile of ILS investments. A recent piece of research from brokerage and consultant WTW states that out of the top 20 pension funds in […]

Pakistan minister cites catastrophe bonds as workable climate finance solution

At a recent climate finance focused event, Pakistan’s Minister for Climate Change, Sherry Rehman, called on international governments to place climate finance and losses at the heart of COP 27 talks next year, with catastrophe bonds one instrument seen as having a role. Loss and damage has been a key sticking point in climate talks […]

Asia Insurance Review: Hybrid solutions for China’s natural catastrophes

Even as countries across the globe grapple with climate change, alternate risk transfer mechanisms like parametric solutions are emerging as the best option. Phoenix CRetro Reinsurance’s Mr Kirill Savrassov and Tenax Capital’s Mr Toby Pughe spoke with Asia Insurance Review. By Anoop Khanna According to a PwC report published in May 2022, the insurance protection gap could reach $1.86tn by 2025 and […]

Cat bonds one of the most prominent innovations in sustainable finance: IMF

According to a staff climate paper published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), catastrophe bonds are one of “the most prominent innovations in the field of sustainable finance in the last 15 years,” but the organisation believes more use of them is needed to cover burgeoning catastrophe and climate risks. Catastrophe bonds sit alongside green […]

Swiss ILS fund ESG initiative can drive desired change: Piemonte, BKC

The environmental, social and governance (ESG) transparency initiative being undertaken by a leading group of Swiss-based insurance-linked securities (ILS) investment fund managers, has the potential to drive the desired change investors such as the Bank für Kirche und Caritas have been looking for, according to Tommy Piemonte. Piemonte is the Head of Sustainable Investment Research at […]