infrastructure News

European Insurers Look to Hoarding Cash After Brexit Vote

Investors will consider hoarding cash in vaults as government bond yields fall deeper into negative territory following the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union, according to Talanx AG, Germany’s third-biggest insurer. “Storing physical cash as an alternative to paying …

Swiss Re & Partners Unveil Initiative to Speed Economic Recovery After Cat Event

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd. and Veolia have joined forces, under the auspices of The Rockefeller Foundation, to launch an infrastructure recovery initiative to speed up economic recovery in the aftermath of catastrophic events for cities across the globe. The …

Chinese Insurers Form Fund to Finance Overseas Energy, Infrastructure Projects

More than 40 Chinese insurance companies and asset managers have jointly started an investment firm, raising 40 billion yuan ($6 billion) for a first fund to finance energy and infrastructure projects overseas, China’s insurance regulator said. The new firm, China Insurance Investment Ltd., will …

EU Weighs Solvency II Capital Relief for Insurers’ Investments in Infrastructure

The European Union is preparing reduced capital requirements for insurers in a bid to spur investment in long-term infrastructure projects. The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, is considering amending insurance rules known as the Solvency II Delegated Act to define an …

Cobalt Becomes Insurer of Preference for Major UK Infrastructure Project

Shariah-compliant managing general agent Cobalt Underwriting has been selected as the insurer of preference for the proposed London Paramount Entertainment Resort in Kent, England. Valued at £3 billion ($4.6 billion), the Paramount Studios-backed project is set to transform the Swanscombe …

Swiss Re to Expand Infrastructure Investments: Chief Investment Officer

Swiss Re AG Chief Investment Officer Guido Fuerer said the world’s second-biggest reinsurer would invest as much as 5 percent of its funds in infrastructure if securities used to fund projects were more easily tradeable. “The fact that we have invested …

California Lawmaker Proposes Annual $52 Fee For Road Repairs

Most California drivers would pay an extra $52 a year under a proposal to raise $2 billion a year to fix the state’s crumbling roads, bridges and highways. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins’ proposal released Wednesday didn’t spell out how the …

California Drivers Lose $44B Over Worn-Out Roads Cost, Report Says

California’s worn-out, congested roads and bridges are costing drivers $44 billion a year, a report released today shows. Higher vehicle operating costs, congestion-related delays and traffic accidents cost $2,458 per driver in Los Angeles, according to the report released by …

GFIA Supports Business 20 Initiatives to Promote Economic Growth, Stability

The Global Federation of Insurance Associations (GFIA) has issued a bulletin noting the organizations support for the “recommendations made by the Business 20 (B20) group on how private sector activity and investment can help the Australian G20 Presidency meet the …

Swiss Re to Invest $500 Million in Europe Infrastructure Debt through Macquarie

Swiss Re announced that it will engage in long-term financing of infrastructure businesses and assets, and has committed an initial US$500 million for investments in senior secured debt of infrastructure businesses and assets located primarily in northern Europe. “Institutional investment …