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Pioneer hires Sharpington from BMS for property cat underwriting

Underwriting agency Pioneer Underwriting has hired James Sharpington, formerly of broker BMS, as an Underwriter for its Pioneer CAT property catastrophe team, effective July 2018. The Pioneer CAT team was launched as a new business unit focusing on property catastrophe reinsurance underwriting and while originally aiming to be backed largely by institutional read the full article →

Romania seeks World Bank Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat DDO)

A project is now underway that may see the country of Romania as the next in line to benefit from a Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat DDO) instrument from the World Bank, as the government of the country seeks to enhance its disaster risk financing support. The Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option read the full article →

Kenya in line for World Bank Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option

The African nation of Kenya is the next country in line to benefit from a Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat DDO) from the World Bank, with a project underway to deliver a $200 million disaster risk financing arrangement including a catastrophe contingent line of credit, alongside development financing. The Catastrophe Deferred read the full article →

Parametric disaster insurance facility for ASEAN to get Japanese funding

Japan is set to back and help fund the launch of the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility, a parametric disaster insurance pool that will be established to serve ASEAN nations including Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia to begin with. The Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (SEADRIF) is set for an read the full article →

Insured disaster losses hit record $144bn in 2017: Swiss Re

The insurance and reinsurance industry was on the hook for a record $144 billion of disaster losses in 2017, which was largely driven by natural catastrophe events and the three major U.S. hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria, which alone drove $92 billion of industry losses, according to Swiss Re. Global insurance read the full article →

Aon puts 2017 global catastrophe insured losses at $134bn

Impact Forecasting, the catastrophe and weather risk analysis arm of reinsurance brokerage Aon Benfield, has estimated the insurance industry losses from 2017 catastrophes and severe weather events at $134 billion, just slightly below the record high seen in 2011 of $137 billion. Aon's $134 billion estimate, from its new Weather, Climate & read the full article →

Insured catastrophe losses hit record $135bn in 2017: Munich Re

Reinsurance giant Munich Re said that natural catastrophe events in 2017 have caused record insurance and reinsurance market losses, with the total industry bill estimated at $135 billion, but insurance only covered 41% of the damage as the economic loss from 2017 disasters is pegged at $330 billion. Fellow reinsurance firm read the full article →

2017 global insured disaster losses estimated at $136bn: Swiss Re

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re has estimated that global insured losses from natural and man-made disasters will hit $136 billion, the third highest figure on record but still trailing well below an expected $306 billion of economic impact. Economic losses are significantly higher than seen in 2016 ($188bn) and losses that will read the full article →

Dominican Republic gets $150m World Bank catastrophe contingent credit

The Dominican Republic has secured the first catastrophe contingent line of credit in the Caribbean, with a $150 million Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat DDO) supported by the World Bank, that provides immediate financing in the event of natural disasters or public health emergencies. The World Bank explains that this is read the full article →

Australia & Turkey provide PERILS based limits at risk growth

PERILS AG, the provider of industry loss data and indices for use as risk transfer triggers, has reported healthy growth in the limits at risk using its services, expanding them 17% over the last year to reach $3.1 billion, with the growth attributed to expansion into Australia and Turkey. PERILS launched read the full article →