Jamaica cat bond may grow, or expand to cover Caribbean: World Bank MD

When a renewal comes up for consideration for the first catastrophe bond transaction to be sponsored by Jamaica, there is already some discussion regarding the need for a larger cover to be in place, or for it to be expanded to cover additional Caribbean island nations, a World Bank Managing Director has said. Speaking with […]

The role of insurance in meeting the financial need to preserve biodiversity

Biodiversity loss will be an increasingly important source of risk and opportunity for the insurance sector. The significant degradation of ecosystems has the potential to materially impact global finance, economies, and societies alike. Understanding the physical and transition risks associated with biodiversity loss and working to mitigate the damage to biodiversity will be a key […]

New earthquake assessments strengthen preparedness in Europe

European scientists with the participation of the Swiss Seismological Service at ETH Zurich have published an updated earthquake hazard map and, for the first time, an earthquake risk map for Europe. Switzerland will follow suit next year with a higher resolution national risk map. FULL PUBLICATION HERE

Philippines seeks cat bond event calculation for storm Megi (Agaton)

The Bureau of the Treasury of the Republic of the Philippines has issued a notice to the calculation agent of the World Bank issued IBRD CAR 123-124 catastrophe bond after the impacts of recent tropical storm Megi (locally known as storm Agaton), Artemis has learned. It’s the second calculation request the Philippines World Bank catastrophe bond […]

Asia: Region exposed to biggest gap in flood protection

Extreme flood events once again drove high losses in 2021, accounting for 31% of global economic losses from natural catastrophes. Yet, 75% of flood risks remain uninsured, Swiss Re Institute reveals. FULL PUBLICATION HERE

Swiss Re raises 2021 nat cat insured losses to $111bn

The global insurance and reinsurance industry faced $111 billion of natural catastrophe losses in 2021, according to Swiss Re, which is a 6% increase on its $105 billion estimate from December. Global economic losses from natural catastrophes are estimated at $270 billion, making the protection gap significant again as just 41% of economic losses were […]

Mexico launches IDF-backed parametric climate solution for farmers

The Government of Mexico has announced the launch of a tripartite project to develop a sovereign parametric insurance solution for climate-vulnerable smallholder farmers, supported by investments in long-term risk finance and insurance market development. The solution represents a partnership between the Ministry of Finance & Public Credit, the Insurance Development Forum (IDF), the United Nations […]

Aon report reveals economic toll of nat cat events in Asia

Total economic losses due to natural disasters totalled US$72 billion (SG$97.7 billion) in 2021, according to Aon’s 2021 Weather, Climate and Catastrophe Insight report. Following three years of economic losses exceeding US$100 billion, Asia’s figure dropped to US$72 billion in 2021. Insurance covered only 9% of economic losses in Asia, compared to 38% of the $343 […]

Brazil publishes “Letra de Risco de Seguro” rules for ILS securitization

The Brazilian government has published new legislation in its official gazette for what are being termed “Letra de Risco de Seguro”, or LRS and translates to Letter of Insurance Risk, which are insurance-linked securities (ILS) laws, as the country looks to encourage risk transfer and reinsurance to the capital markets. We’ve explained before that Brazil’s […]