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Swiss Re 2015 Economic Cat Loss Initial Estimates = $85Bn; $32Bn Insured

Swiss Re‘s latest sigma report preliminarily estimates that total economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters will reach approximately $85 billion in 2015. Insured losses, however, were just $32 billion. In total, approximately 26,000 people lost their lives in …

Mexico Catastrophe Bond Likely to Pay on Hurricane Patricia’s Losses: S&P

Bonds sold by Mexico to shield it from the cost of repairing hurricane damage are closer to paying out after the biggest storm ever measured in the Americas struck the country last month, Standard & Poor’s said. S&P cut its …

Celebrities’ Mexican Holiday Homes Pummeled by Hurricane Patricia

Mexico may have dodged a bullet from the fury of Hurricane Patricia, but jet setters like Bill Gates, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cindy Crawford will have to find a new playground for now after the storm ravaged some of the world’s …

Mexico’s Hurricane Patricia May Hit Catastrophe Bondholders

Mexico’s natural disaster fund may be $100 million better off at bondholders’ expense after Hurricane Patricia appeared to trigger a catastrophe bond the country sold in 2012. Investors in those notes maturing Dec. 4. are waiting for a verdict on whether …

Hurricane Patricia Targets Mexico; 400K People, Ports, Insurers at Risk

Hurricane Patricia, the strongest in the history of the Americas, prepared to barrel into Mexico’s Pacific coast Friday, sending guests fleeing hotels in the Puerto Vallarta resort area. About 400,000 people are considered “vulnerable,” civil protection official Jose Maria Tapia …

NHC Tracking Hurricane Patricia, as It Nears Mexican Coast

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is tracking Hurricane Patricia, a storm in the eastern Pacific that is moving towards the west coast of Mexico. According to the NHC’s latest bulletin, Patricia is about 255 miles – 410 kms south …

Hurricane Strikes Cape Verde in East Atlantic — First Time Since 1892

Something rare happened out in the Atlantic  — a hurricane hit Cape Verde. The islands off the coast of Africa lend their name to some of the most powerful storms the Atlantic produces, yet they themselves rarely get hit. According to …

S&P: ILS Investors Could Get Burned as Covered Perils Expand, Terms Widen

The catastrophe bond market will continue to grow by 10 to 20 percent per year, driven in part by the increase in covered perils and the broadening of event definitions, according to a report published by Standard & Poor’s. But …

Hurricane Katrina: A Look Back After Ten Years

This post is part of a series sponsored by CoreLogic. The Atlantic was active from the start of the 2005 hurricane season. By late August, there had already been 10 named storms, including one Category 4 and one Category 5. …

Global Insured Cat Losses in First Half Are Below Long-Term Average: Munich Re

Overall losses and insured losses from natural catastrophes during the first half of 2015 were below long-term average values, according to a review of global natural catastrophes issued by Munich Re. Total natural catastrophe losses incurred in the first half …