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.

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