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ESG fund assets forecast for explosive growth, a huge ILS opportunity

The rapid growth of ESG (environmental, social, governance) appropriate investment products is set to create a "paradigm shift" in investment markets, which could lead to more than 50% of European mutual fund assets invested in ESG funds as soon as 2025, according to PwC. In a recent report PwC highlights the read the full article →

ESG more than just a branding exercise in ILS, panellists explain

Whether an asset class has positive ESG (environmental, social or governance) characteristics is one of the hot topics of the investing world, so naturally a topic of focus in insurance-linked securities (ILS) at this time. But it's more than just a branding exercise in the ILS market, panellists made clear read the full article →

ILS tells a compelling ESG story: Carey Olsen

Amid the ongoing expansion of the market for sustainable investment, there’s an opportunity for the insurance-linked securities (ILS) sector to show its alignment with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, according to law firm Carey Olsen. Intensified by the wide-ranging effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, heightened awareness of the complex read the full article →

Entropics targets raising new institutional ILS fund with sustainability focus

Entropics Asset Management AB, the Swedish manager of a catastrophe bond fund, is planning to raise a new institutional investment fund strategy focused on resilience and sustainable opportunities in insurance and reinsurance. Entropics was one of the first managers of an insurance-linked securities (ILS) fund to embrace sustainable development goals and read the full article →

Unique features of ILS foster inherent ESG qualities: Synpulse’s Roder

As sustainable investing continues to gain traction across the financial world, the inherent ESG qualities of insurance-linked securities (ILS) provides a unique opportunity for investors, according to Patrick Roder, Associate Partner, ILS Practice Lead, Synpulse. “Sustainable investing (SI) is defined as integrating non-financial factors, such as ESG criteria, into the investment read the full article →

Guernsey wants green ESG kitemark option for its ILS structures

The domicile island of Guernsey wants to make available a green kitemark for insurance-linked securities (ILS) structures transacted there, enabling ILS issuers to apply for the ability to verify the environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials of an arrangement. The question of the ILS markets ESG credentials is a hot topic read the full article →

ESG a prerequisite for the future of ILS: Plenum’s Dirk Schmelzer

Dirk Schmelzer of Plenum Investments AG has urged insurance-linked securities (ILS) market participants to realise that ESG is not just an opportunity, but an essential component of the market’s future. Schmelzer, who is a Member of the Executive Board and Portfolio Manager at specialist catastrophe bond and ILS investment manager, Plenum, read the full article →

Generali develops framework for Green insurance-linked securities (ILS)

Generali, one of the largest global insurance and asset management companies, has recognised the potential for insurance and reinsurance linked investments to have green or ESG credentials and has developed a framework for Green insurance-linked securities (ILS). As a recognised European sponsor of catastrophe bonds, as one of the way's it read the full article →

ESG qualities of ILS driving greater investor interest: Wojciechowski, BSX

As institutional investors look to asset classes that promote sustainable and responsible investing, increasingly, they are drawn to the environmental, social and governance (ESG) qualities of insurance-linked securities (ILS), according to Greg Wojciechowski, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX). Speaking during a panel discussion held read the full article →

Public sector demand, ESG qualities support ILS growth: HSBC’s Hoekema, Goonewardene

The ongoing expansion of the insurance-linked securities (ILS) asset class is increasingly supported by government and NGO activity, while investors take advantage of a compelling ESG proposition, according to Andries Hoekema, HSBC Global Asset Management and Helen Goonewardene, HSBC Issuer Services. Surpassing $90 billion in 2018, the ILS market has continued, read the full article →