Insured loss from 2022 Australia floods rises to $4.3 billion: ICA

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has reported a 28% rise in the cost of the severe flooding across Southeast Queensland and Northern New South Wales earlier this year, making it the country’s fourth costliest natural disaster event. As of Tuesday May 31st, 2022, insurance and reinsurance industry losses from the floods are estimated at […]

Centre for Disaster Protection adds World Bank ILS expertise

The UK-funded Centre for Disaster Protection has announced a number of new additions to its team, with an experienced disaster risk financing expert joining it from her most recent role at the World Bank, where she had worked on catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities (ILS) arrangements. The Centre for Disaster Protection was launched in 2017 […]

Hurricane Agatha to slam Mexico. Unlikely to trouble World Bank cat bond

Hurricane Agatha is verging on reaching major Category 3 storm status as it nears the Mexican coastline with 110 mph sustained winds, but the central pressure remains far higher than would be needed to trigger the Government of Mexico’s World Bank issued catastrophe bond. Hurricane Agatha formed over the weekend and rapidly intensified as it […]

No additional Philippines cat bond pay out for typhoon Rai’s rains

Having already been triggered and paid out US $52.5 million, we’ve now learned the Philippines governments World Bank issued IBRD CAR 123-124 catastrophe bond will not face any additional loss of principal because of the rainfall from super typhoon Rai (locally known as Odette). We reported back in January that the Philippines government would make a […]

NW Pacific typhoon season forecast 20% below-norm on La Niña

The Northwest Pacific typhoon season, which is one of the peak zone perils for reinsurance, catastrophe bond and other insurance-linked securities (ILS), is forecast to see activity levels roughly 20% below-normal, as the effects of La Niña are increasingly expected to last through summer and into Autumn. Tropical Storm Risks (TSR), an insurance and reinsurance […]

Climate-vulnerable countries gain resilience through disaster risk finance and insurance

New UNDP initiative addresses underlying challenges to building resilience through disaster risk finance and insurance in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Vulnerable Twenty (V20) countries. In 2021, economic losses from disasters caused by natural hazards totalled almost $270 billion. The impact of  disasters can significantly undermine development progress and push communities deeper into poverty, making them […]

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