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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 →

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 →

Nature Conservancy targets Florida & Hawaii for parametric reef insurance

Having already developed the first parametric insurance policy to insure and enhance the resilience of a coral reef section of the Mesoamerican Reef in Mexico, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is now looking to expand the product's reach into Florida and Hawaii.The Nature Conservancy (TNC) had partnered with global reinsurance giant 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 →

Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment targets resilience bonds

A newly launched Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment is set to bring together significant investment and risk industry expertise, with goals including to properly price climate risk, align investment flows with resilience initiatives and to introduce resilience bonds.The Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment was officially launched yesterday at the United read the full article →

New parametric reef insurance & resilience product to be developed

A new initiative to develop a parametric insurance product to protect and enhance the resilience of coral reefs and the communities that rely on them is being developed by Willis Towers Watson through its Global Ecosystem Resilience Facility (GERF) and the Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund).An agreement has been reached read the full article →