Development roadmap for Hong Kong insurance revealed at IA event

A development roadmap for the insurance sector in Hong Kong has been unveiled at a recent event held by the Insurance Authority (IA). At the event, the Government revealed details about a development roadmap for the insurance sector, expounded by Christopher Hui, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury of the HKSAR, and Clement Cheung, […]

Great Wall Re cat bond issued in Hong Kong for PICC P&C

Chinese domestic insurer PICC Property and Casualty Company Limited has sponsored a $32.5 million Great Wall Re Limited deal to provide it with earthquake reinsurance in the third catastrophe bond issuance to be domiciled in and issued out of the Hong Kong market. PICC P&C set up Great Wall Re as a special purpose insurer (SPI) […]

Great Wall Re catastrophe bond issued in Hong Kong for PICC P&C

Hong Kong now has its third catastrophe bond, after Chinese domestic insurer PICC Property and Casualty Company Limited sponsored a $32.5 million Great Wall Re Limited deal, to provide it with earthquake reinsurance in China. We reported earlier this week that the third catastrophe bond transaction to be issued out of Hong Kong was in the […]

Third Hong Kong catastrophe bond “in the pipeline”

The third catastrophe bond transaction to be issued out of Hong Kong is now “in the pipeline” according to the Chairman of the Hong Kong Insurance Authority. One of the key initiatives for the regulator in 2022 has been to improve the attractiveness of Hong Kong as a platform for the issuance of insurance-linked securities […]

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 […]

Singapore to expand ILS offering, as confidence in it grows: Minister Alvin Tan

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) deal flow in Singapore has been increasing, showing that the market is gaining in confidence in Singapore’s ILS regime, Minister of State for Trade and Industry and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Board Member Alvin Tan has said, also explaining that expansions to the ILS regulations are coming. Speaking at the Singapore […]

Indian regulator considers revision to GIC Re preference rules

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has proposed revisions to the country’s rules for the order of preference on reinsurance business, which could see alterations to GIC Re’s right to first refusal. A new exposure draft detailing the amendments to regulations under consideration shows that IRDAI is looking to remove the order […]

Hong Kong Insurance Authority: Decoding Premium Financing and its Risks

What is Premium Financing? Premium financing is an insurance funding arrangement whereby a policy holder borrows funds from a financial institution (usually a bank) to pay the premium of a new insurance policy, and in doing so, assigns all or part of the rights under the proposed policy as collateral to the financial institution. In […]

TehranRe sets up with Insurance-Linked Securities’ ambitions

A new reinsurer has been established in Iran’s capital called Tehran Reinsurance Company, which launches with around USD 20 million of capital, and which has ambitions to offer services for a local insurance-linked securities (ILS) market. After Iranian regulators approved the launch of TehranRe in March 2021, the firm reached an agreement in principal for […]

Lloyd’s to announce significant London Bridge 2 ILS expansion plan

Lloyd’s of London will today announce a significant expansion of its London Bridge insurance-linked securities (ILS) platform, with a plan to welcome more capital, new types of reinsurance transactions and make the transfer of different kinds of risks to capital market investors simpler. Dubbed London Bridge 2, according to the Financial Times that was given […]