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Climate change could take 18% off global GDP, warns Swiss Re

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 →

Climate to drive massive demand for contingent risk capital: Douglas, ILS NYC 2021

The deepening of the world's understanding, measurement and valuation of climate risks is going to drive a massive demand for contingent risk capital, which parametric triggers and insurance-linked securities (ILS) will be well-suited to serve, Rowan Douglas of Willis Towers Watson explained during our ILS NYC event this week. Rowan Douglas, read the full article →

“Time to act” as climate role in disaster losses increases: Jeworrek, Munich Re

It is time for the world to act on climate change as it will play an increasing role in disaster losses, Torsten Jeworrek of reinsurance company Munich Re warned today. Munich Re reported today that the global insurance and reinsurance industry faced some $82 billion of natural disaster losses in 2020, read the full article →

Climate risk protection gaps need capital market (ILS) solutions

The physical climate risk protection gap, so the gulf between climate related losses covered by insurance, reinsurance or risk transfer and those going uncovered, is widening, but instruments such as insurance-linked securities (ILS), catastrophe bonds and other blended financing solutions can help to narrow this gap. In real estate the climate read the full article →

Climate change a systemic risk without global action: Munich Re’s Jeworrek

Global action to combat climate change is essential to avoid the exposure becoming systemic in nature, which might cause it to become less insurable, according to Munich Re's CEO of Reinsurance, Torsten Jeworrek. Speaking during a media briefing held as a virtual replacement for the Monte Carlo Rendez-Vous event, which was read the full article →

Undeniable climate change impact starting to get priced in: Hilti, Credit Suisse

Following the increased severity and frequency of wildfires, droughts and floods in recent times, the undeniable impact of climate change on water-related catastrophes is starting to get priced in and risk premiums are adjusting, according to Niklaus Hilti, Head of Credit Suisse’s Insurance-Linked Strategies division. In a recent interview, experienced insurance-linked read the full article →

Risk transfer, reinsurance key to address reality of climate change: Guy Carpenter

The reality of climate change needs to be addressed and addressed fast by countries, governments and public sector entities, and the risk transfer, reinsurance and insurance-linked securities (ILS) sectors are well-placed to assist, according to Guy Carpenter. The catastrophe bond is highlighted as a key risk transfer and resilience financing tool read the full article →

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 →

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 →