Strong need for mainland China to tap the capital markets: ILS Asia 2021

Mr. Simon Lam, Executive Director, General Business at the Hong Kong Insurance Authority, expects the region’s new ILS regime to “hit the ground running” as mainland China’s insurance market growth continues apace. With the issuance of Greater Bay Re Ltd., sponsored by China Re, expected soon as the first catastrophe bond to be issued out […]

Jamaica’s World Bank catastrophe bond could upsize to $185m

The first catastrophe bond for Jamaica, which as we were first to report ten days ago launched as a $175 million IBRD CAR 130 transaction with the support of the World Bank, is now said by our sources to have a chance of closing a little larger, at $185 million in size. The $175 million or greater catastrophe […]

Cat bonds still attractive vs corporate credit despite spread tightening: K2

While catastrophe bond and insurance-linked security (ILS) spreads have tightened during the second-quarter of 2021, hedge fund specialist manager K2 Advisors believes that they remain attractive relative to corporate credit and are a strategy investors should be focusing on. Given the still uncertain world, as the recovery from the pandemic continues but challenges related to […]

China’s government supportive of Hong Kong’s ILS strategy: ILS Asia 2021

As options to issue insurance-linked securities (ILS) and catastrophe bonds expand in Asia, with the introduction of Hong Kong as a regulated ILS platform, attendees at our virtual ILS Asia 2021 conference this morning heard of the support China’s government is offering to the initiative. Our virtual ILS Asia 2021 conference, held in association with headline […]

Jamaica’s first cat bond launched at $175m by World Bank IBRD

The first catastrophe bond to benefit the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica has now been launched to investors, with the IBRD CAR 130 transaction, that is being issued via the World Bank, set to provide the Government with a $175 million or greater source of named tropical storm and hurricane disaster insurance protection. We learned recently […]

UZBEKISTAN: UNDP helps develop the insurance sector in Uzbekistan

UNDP, together with the Agency for the Insurance Market Development at the Uzbek Ministry of Finance, organized a seminar on June 24, 2021, during which the results of the diagnostics of the development of inclusive insurance and risk financing in Uzbekistan were presented, UzDaily.uz reports. It was noted that due to the vulnerability of Uzbekistan […]

Catastrophe bond market can expand further in 2022: Willis Re

The catastrophe bond market has a good opportunity to continue expanding and the current elevated activity could run right into 2022, according to reinsurance broker Willis Re. In reporting on the mid-year reinsurance renewal season, after which the market is said to be approaching equilibrium, Willis Re explained that catastrophe bond issuance has been particularly […]

Today’s ILS Investor: A Catalyst for Change

The $90 billion insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector is undergoing a sea change, led by investors with significant experience in the industry and a heightened awareness of the need to marry their desire for non-correlated risk and attractive returns with the growing demand for responsible investment. For most of the last 20 years, traditional ILS investors […]

Kazakhstan: Almaty nonchalant over earthquake fears

As Kazakhstan awaits the Big One, its seismologists are underfunded while ever-taller buildings rise in the earthquake-prone commercial capital. Nur-Sultan may be cold and windy, but at least earthquakes aren’t a concern. That was Andrei Krasilnikov’s thought when he moved to the capital from Kazakhstan’s mountain-fringed business metropolis, Almaty. “It was a shame to have […]

Jamaica catastrophe bond grant agreements signed, deal imminent

The project to issue a first catastrophe bond to benefit Jamaica has made further progress this month, with an important grant approval now received and the World Bank facilitated cat bond deal launch now imminent. Of course, any regular Artemis readers will know that this World Bank project to issue a sovereign catastrophe bond for […]