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Complex Financial Products Aren’t the Solution to Climate Change or Pandemic: Opinion

Almost exactly four years ago the World Bank announced a pioneering project, the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility, designed to develop a new insurance market and protect the world’s poorest countries against deadly disease. The PEF, as it’s known, was supposed …

Catastrophe Bond Prices Signal Coronavirus Nearing Pandemic Status

The World Health Organization says the coronavirus isn’t yet a global pandemic. Bonds that insure against just such a catastrophe say that it probably is. The bonds, sold in 2017 by the World Bank to raise money for poor countries …

Hamilton Rebrands ILS Platform as Hamilton ILS, Promotes Ali as New Lead Executive

Hamilton Insurance Group Ltd. announced its insurance-linked securities (ILS) platform has a new name and a new lead executive. Formerly called Hamilton Capital Partners, the platform is now Hamilton ILS. Hanni Ali moves from his role as senior vice president, …

Philippines Taps Catastrophe Bonds to Help Pay for Natural Disasters

The Philippines, among the world’s most disaster-prone nations, sold its maiden foreign-currency catastrophe-linked bonds to help cover costs of major calamities, in conjunction with the World Bank. The dual-tranche transaction consists of a $150 million issuance against losses from tropical …

Hamilton Re Sponsors Issuance of Its First Cat Bond

Hamilton Re has sponsored issuance of its first catastrophe bond. The reinsurance platform of Bermuda-based holding company Hamilton Insurance Group said that the issuance has taken place through its Hamilton Capital Partners business unit. Specifically, the deal is with Cerulean …

Reinsurer SCOR Acquires Fund Manager Specializing in Insurance Linked Securities

French reinsurer SCOR said it had agreed to buy 100% of Coriolis Capital, an asset manager specialized ininsurance-linked securities, for an undisclosed amount. Coriolis Capital invests mainly in natural disaster bonds, options, collateralized reinsurance and climate derivatives. SCOR said the …

SCOR Investment Partners Promotes Rostan as Head of Insurance-Linked Securities

SCOR Investment Partners announced the promotion of Sidney Rostan as head of Insurance-Linked Securities (ILS), effective April 1, 2019. Sidney Rostan replaces Vincent Prabis, who is leaving the company to take a different career path. Rostan, 47, will be in …

Insurance Linked Securities Market Grows to $93B in 2018: Willis Re

Growth of the insurance linked securities (ILS) market reached $93 billion in 2018, up from $88 billion during the prior year, according to the new ILS Market Update from Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Towers Watson. In the …

Global Reinsurance Capital Is Resilient Despite Losses of $230B over 2 Years: Aon

Global reinsurance capital – comprising traditional and alternative capital – fell 2 percent in 2018 to US$595 billion from $605 billion in 2017, remaining resilient in the face of insured natural catastrophe losses of $230 billion over the two-year period, …

Insurance Linked Securities’ Issuance Reaches Record $1.6B in Q3: Willis Re

The issuance of non-life insurance linked securities during the third quarter reached a record $1.6 billion, according to a report published by Willis Re. The total exceeds the former Q3 record of $1.4 billion achieved in 2013, and is well …