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Insurance & ILS are shock absorbers for climate, but need adjusting to the risk: McKinsey

Insurance products, reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) are all examples of financial shock absorbers for climate change risks, but while it can encourage behavioural change through the sending of price signals, a new report from McKinsey highlights the reality that the sector business models may need to change.Leaders in business, read the full article →

AbsoluteClimo’s climate risk models forecast fewer economic losses in 2020

AbsoluteClimo, a climate and weather modeling, forecasting and risk management firm based in Hawaii, says its models suggest that in 2020 global total economic losses from climate-driven natural catastrophes are most likely to meet or exceed $110 billion.That's significantly lower than the number seen this year and also lower than read the full article →

Climate & environmental issues are top global risks for 2020: Marsh & Zurich

For the first time in the history of the annual World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report all of the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are related to climate change and environmental issues.The report highlights the growing global awareness of the threat that climate related risks pose to read the full article →

Institutional investors backing ILS call for climate action

The world's largest institutional investors are increasingly vocal about the need to accelerate efforts to tackle the climate crisis, with many of the same group also contributing a significant proportion of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) market's capital base.Last week, 631 institutional investors which between them are responsible for managing more read the full article →

Goldman Sachs reiterates cat bond & ILS role in environmental policy

Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs published an updated environmental policy yesterday, with catastrophe bonds, insurance-linked securities (ILS) and other climate related risk and reinsurance products again taking a central stage within it.Goldman Sachs recognises the importance of climate adaptation and the opportunity for its business in this area, with its read the full article →

Climate threat needs capital response, but industry has to give it confidence

The economic consequences of climate change may prove particularly severe for insurance and reinsurance companies in the property and casualty (P&C) space, presenting both a threat and an opportunity, but the latter may require access to capital to take full advantage of it.Recently, rating agency Moody's reiterated its stable outlook read the full article →

Climate change adaptation financing can benefit from partnership with ILS

Climate change adaptation projects and the need for them are rising up the agenda, as a recent surge in damages from severe weather and climate related catastrophe events concentrates the mind on the importance of investing in this area.Public authorities are showing renewed and increasing interest in climate adaptation, while read the full article →

Climate change “front & center” with ILS investors, industry focus intensifies

Climate change and how it influences or affects global weather patterns and the frequency or severity of weather related natural catastrophe loss events, is "front and center" for investors right now, while the reinsurance industry in general is increasingly focused on the issue.As we explained earlier this week, our latest read the full article →

ILS an “important part” of Insurance Development Forum’s work: Ekhosuehi Iyahen

The Insurance Development Forum (IDF) considers insurance-linked securities (ILS) to be an “important part” of the work it aims to do, according to Secretary General Ekhosuehi Iyahen.Speaking at a recent lecture in the Old Library at Lloyd’s of London, Iyahen said it was in the interest of the IDF to read the full article →

Parametric ILS “vital” to reduce protection gaps, increase resilience: Mark Carney, Bank of England

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank of England, discussed the role of insurance and reinsurance technology as an essential financial took to smooth the world's transition to a 1.5 degree world and highlighted the role of insurance-linked securities (ILS) within that.Speaking on Sunday in New York, on the sidelines read the full article →