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World Bank & EC call for scaled up European disaster risk transfer & cat bonds

In a string of research reports, the World Bank Group and European Commission call on governments across Europe to utilise more in the way of disaster risk transfer and insurance to reduce the pressure from weather and natural perils on budgets, including the use of catastrophe bonds to access capital market investors for reinsurance risk […]

London market ILS platform still seen as lagging: LMG report

While the London insurance and reinsurance market has been growing it is being outpaced by other markets and insurance-linked securities (ILS) is again highlighted as an area of opportunity where results have lagged ambitions and there remains work to do, the London Market Group’s latest report makes clear. While London and the United Kingdom spent […]

ESMA launches call for evidence on UCITS eligible assets (including cat bonds)

The European Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA) has now launched a formal call for evidence to support a review of the Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Eligible Assets Directive (EAD), including what assets should be eligible, with catastrophe bonds one class of assets named. It comes as little surprise, given the review […]

Jamaica pleased with second World Bank cat bond, Hong Kong support: Minister of Finance

The Caribbean island nation of Jamaica is “pleased” to have secured coverage from its second World Bank supported catastrophe bond, Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke has said, also citing his countries gratitude for financial support from Hong Kong, presumably through its ILS Grant Scheme. As Artemis reported yesterday, the latest catastrophe bond to be issued […]

Multilateral development banks to boost disaster & climate risk insurance

Leaders of 10 multilateral development banks (MDB’s) announced steps to collaborate more effectively to increase the impact and scale of their work, in order to tackle urgent development challenges, including addressing the growing need for disaster risk insurance and in climate risk financing. The 10 multilateral development banks (MDB’s) behind the announcement were the: African […]

World Bank: New Financing Tools Receive Major Funding Boost

WASHINGTON, April 19, 2024— New financial instruments designed to boost lending capacity and enable the World Bank Group to take on more risk for shared global challenges have received a significant endorsement. A set of 11 countries announced commitments today for the Portfolio Guarantee Platform, hybrid capital mechanism, and new Livable Planet Fund totaling $11 […]

Hong Kong: Protection gaps, Chinese municipalities a key focus for ILS ambitions

After its government expressed its desire to attract more insurance-linked securities (ILS) sponsors to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, highlighting a commitment to develop its ILS market, executives from the Insurance Authority have made filling protection gaps a key focus of its ILS ambition. This will include not just attracting international insurance and reinsurance […]

Our Programme was shortlisted for the AXCO’s Global Insurance Awards’24

Phoenix CRetro is delighted to be shortlisted for the Axco Global Insurance Awards in the Best Training Initiative in Global Risk category. Now its 2nd year, the Axco Global Insurance Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements, innovation and collaboration of the insurance ecosystem managing complex global risk. Following a thorough judging process, Phoenix CRetro was shortlisted, […]

INSURE Act calls for Federal Catastrophe Reinsurance, with cat bond backing

Lawmakers are being presented with a new bill that proposes the creation of a catastrophe reinsurance program to help insurers provide more coverage in exposed and loss challenged areas, with catastrophe bonds also highlighted as a potential way to underpin the facility. Introduced by California Representative Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the Incorporating National Support for Unprecedented […]

European Central Bank calls for greater use of catastrophe bonds

The European Central Bank (ECB) alongside a macro-prudential oversight body it operates, the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB), has called for greater use of catastrophe bonds to address the insurance protection gap and mitigate catastrophe risks from climate change in the European Union. The transfer of catastrophe risks and physical climate change risk drivers to […]

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