ILS and closing the insurance gap


How can ILS help to close the insurance gap, asks Clive O'Connell, partner, head of insurance and reinsurance at McCarthy Denning.

clive-icon-1--1.jpgILS is complementary to insurance and not its rival. ILS provides solvency protection to insurers and reinsurers, giving peace of mind to regulators and policyholders. ILS can now step further and, in helping to close the insurance gap, can help develop insurance markets.

Last year’s hurricanes have increased investment funds available to ILS. This money needs to be deployed in a diverse risk pool. At the same time governments are becoming aware of how ILS can help deal with the impact of natural catastrophes in areas where insurance penetration is very low. Instead of relying on growth of the insurance sector from the bottom up, a top down approach, in which governments purchase ILS products to guard against the economic and social disturbances of natural disasters, is taking hold.

Governments in some countries are appreciating that by using ILS, they can quickly restore damaged areas and keep local economies vibrant and can also spread the cost of such rehabilitation over a number of fiscal years. Similarly, governments of more economically developed nations have seen that purchasing ILS products for a number of nations as part of developmental aid can be more effective than providing disaster relief once a catastrophe has struck.

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