The insurance protection gap

The protection gap – underinsurance in emerging and developing economies and the gap between economic and insurance losses – the opportunity that is on every reinsurance CEO’s lips and which presents the largest opportunity to put excess risk transfer capital to use, requiring both traditional and capital markets support.

In a market that is faced with abundant and ongoing pressure, from excess capital, new entrants, the capital markets, reductions in buying, consolidation of reinsurer panels and difficult global financial market conditions, the reinsurance industry is focusing on the next big opportunity.

This opportunity provides both reinsurers and ILS fund managers with an opportunity to assist in building the world’s resilience to disaster risks, while providing rapidly paying post-event risk finance, at the same time as growing the world’s catastrophe risk markets.

It’s win-win for both sides, those in need of resilience and disaster risk financing and the re/insurance and ILS market which is keen to expand into new regions, perils and opportunities. Narrowing the protection gap is expected to be a key focus for years to come.


Capital markets ideally placed to meet emerging ECIS demand: RMS

Insurance-linked securities (ILS) are well positioned to meet emerging demand from the ECIS region (Western Balkans, Southern Caucasus, Eastern Europe and Central Asia), although certain challenges must be addressed in order to stimulate issuance, according to global catastrophe risk modeller, RMS.Artemis recently spoke with RMS’ Global Managing Director, Daniel Stander, read the full article →

World Bank extends parametric insurance grant to Marshall Islands

The World Bank has approved a $2.5 million grant that will pay the Republic of the Marshall Islands premiums for parametric disaster insurance coverage under the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Finance Initiative (PCRAFI).The grant is designed to support that Marshall Islands goal of strengthening its resilience to natural disasters, read the full article →