Reinsurers divided on natural catastrophe risk: S&P

S&P Global Ratings has said that global reinsurers are parting ways on natural catastrophe risk, with half growing their exposure in this area over the course of the year. Meanwhile, the S&P said that the remainder are taking a more cautious and defensive stance by reducing their exposure. The firm said that this divergence in […]

Climate change stimulates catastrophe bond market development: Fitch

In a new report, rating agency Fitch states that climate change is stimulating the development of the catastrophe bond market, as demand for protection rises and the capital markets offers an efficient source of reinsurance against climate-linked catastrophe events. While the reinsurance market is facing challenges from macro-economic factors such as inflation, a persistent threat […]

African Risk Capacity (ARC) seeks cost-efficiency and capacity

The African Risk Capacity (ARC), a provider of parametric disaster insurance products to countries and now other entities in Africa, wants to become the continent’s disaster risk financing provider of choice, but increasing its capacity and lowering-costs for country members remains key. Efficiency has always been important for the African Risk Capacity (ARC), particularly 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 […]

ARC addresses role of insurance on climate change impacts in Africa

The African Risk Capacity Insurance Company (ARC) has hosted a regional meeting to address the role of insurance in fighting climate change impacts on the African continent. Representatives from ARC member states and funding donor partners met in Malawi to discuss how parametric insurance has the potential to transform how the continent deals with climate-change-induced […]

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 […]

CCRIF parametric risk pool grows 10% to US $1.2bn at renewal

The CCRIF SPC (formerly known as the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility) has expanded its risk pool by 10% year-on-year, as its member governments renewed $1.2 billion of parametric insurance coverage against catastrophe, climate and seismic perils. Parametric insurance cover has been renewed by Caribbean and Central American governments for tropical cyclones, excess rainfall 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 […]

Munich Re: Natural disaster review for first half of 2022

In the first half of 2022, natural disasters caused overall losses of US$ 65bn, with slightly more than half of these insured Extreme multi-day rainfall and severe flooding in Australia constituted the main loss burden for the insurance industry of at least US$ 3.7bn US once again country with highest weather-related losses Number of fatalities […]

Flood risk routinely underestimated, warns MMC

Re/insurance broker Marsh McLennan has released its updated Flood Risk Index 2.0, which maps how a changing climate will shape flood risk in the future. The report warns that flooding is the most pervasive natural disaster, and yet its costs are routinely underestimated. And now, climate change, economic and demographic trends, and a chronic shortfall […]