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.
Global Parametrics has collaborated on a new climate risk transfer product that integrates parametric risk transfer with the provision of debt financing to microfinance organisations and initiatives. CRED, or the Climate Resilience Enhanced Debt (CRED) product, has been jointly developed by Global Parametrics and Enabling Qapital, an impact investor and advisor read the full article →
In June we wrote about the launch of a project to develop an innovative parametric insurance program to protect the Mesoamerican Reef system and the communities that rely on it against impacts from hurricanes. Now, it's been announced that the insurance carrier sitting behind the parametric reef insurance policy is AXA read the full article →
Parsyl Inc., a provider of data-driven, sensor-based systems that are used in parametric risk transfer and insurance, has made a pay-out under a temperature linked policy in less than 8 hours. The company claims it as an industry record of sorts, but of course there are weather derivative contracts that can read the full article →
Global Parametrics has designed and structured a new parametric hurricane insurance product that is now being sold in the Caribbean country of Dominica and is backed by the capital from the firms Natural Disaster Fund (NDF). The parametric and index-based disaster risk transfer company is working alongside a statutory agency of read the full article →
The global insurance protection gap, or the gap between economic losses and those that are insured, widened in 2020 as pandemic related effects drove global macroeconomic resilience to decline by 18%, according to a measure by reinsurance firm Swiss Re. Swiss Re Institute has published its Resilience Index, which shows that read the full article →
With the G7 meeting in Cornwall, UK beginning tomorrow and the COP26 only five months away, CEO's of major global corporations are calling on world leaders to scale up climate risk transfer as part of the financial response to climate change. The Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders is a global community read the full article →
United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres has again said that the world needs more catastrophe-triggered financing and better instruments to support the delivery of climate financing, to enhance disaster resilience, fund adaptation measures and finance climate risk. Speaking today at the Insurance Development Forum's (IDF) Summit 2021, UN Secretary General read the full article →
The Mesoamerican Reef system which lies in the Caribbean Sea, touching the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, is set to benefit from an innovative parametric insurance program to protect the reef and communities that rely on it against hurricane impacts. Dubbed a "world-first post-hurricane insurance protection", the parametric insurance read the full article →
Driving home the importance of climate risk mitigation, resilience building and also the role of insurance or reinsurance in providing climate risk transfer, global reinsurer Swiss Re warns that the world's economy risks a significant hit as the climate changes. If no mitigating actions are taken to prevent or build resilience read the full article →
Global Parametrics and specialist flood risk modeller Fathom have partnered to develop a global parametric flood index that can be used in triggers of risk transfer, insurance and reinsurance arrangements. Global Parametrics is set to utilise high resolution data from Fathom to create the new flood risk index, significantly reducing basis read the full article →