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BlackRock aims to raise $2.3bn+ for ESG fund that targets cat bonds

Giant asset manager BlackRock is aiming to raise more than $2.3 billion for its new environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment fund strategy that includes catastrophe bonds as one of its target asset types. As we were the first to cover back in August, the investment manager is marketing the

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UNDP launches Insurance & Risk Finance Facility, ILS support anticipated

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has today launched the Insurance and Risk Finance Facility (IRFF), a new initiative that aims to build financial resilience and bridge a $1.4 trillion global health, mortality, and disaster protection gap, with support from the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market expected in future. Importantly, this

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China regulator calls on insurers to sponsor cat bonds in Hong Kong

China’s insurance regulator has called on insurers in the country to look to sponsor catastrophe bonds in Hong Kong as a way to access diversified sources of reinsurance capacity and offload peak natural catastrophe risks. The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) said in a notice that domestic Chinese

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Germany contributes $40.9M to risk transfer initiative

The United Nations Development Programme said Monday that the German government has contributed €35 million ($40.9 million) in funding for a new risk transfer initiative, the Insurance and Risk Finance Facility, within its Finance Sector Hub. The goal is to co-create insurance and risk finance solutions in over 50 developing

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China regulator calls on insurers to sponsor cat bonds in Hong Kong

China’s insurance regulator has called on insurers in the country to look to sponsor catastrophe bonds in Hong Kong as a way to access diversified sources of reinsurance capacity and offload peak natural catastrophe risks. The China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC) said in a notice that domestic Chinese

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Red Cross volcano cat bond issuance recognised for ESG credentials

The first parametric catastrophe bond covering pure volcanic eruption risk, which was brought to market by Replexus and Howden Capital Markets and for the Danish Red Cross has been recognised for its environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials. The Guernsey International Insurance Association (GIIA) has awarded its first environmental, social

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Mexico struck by M7.0 quake. World Bank cat bond appears safe

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has struck the Pacific coast of Mexico close to the tourist heavy area of Acapulco. At this stage, it appears the World Bank facilitated IBRD / FONDEN 2020 parametric catastrophe bond that provides the Mexican government with earthquake insurance protection is safe from loss, but it is

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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority expanded its ILS portfolio in 2020

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), a sovereign wealth investment fund owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and tasked with investing funds on behalf of the Government of the Emirate, expanded its insurance-linked securities (ILS) allocations last year, as it put an increasing emphasis on asset classes that offer

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