Singapore is well aware of the fact that it has to continue its innovation if it wants to achieve its target of becoming a major insurance-linked securities (ILS) hub in the Asian region, and also for supporting the widest possible range of ILS transactions.
Singapore is currently home to mainly three catastrophe bonds that have finalized its terms and regulations and have introduced the grant scheme which shall support some of the finances of issuing ILS in the year 2018.
But the ambitions of Singapore don’t just stop here and are far broader than merely hosting the catastrophe bonds which might easily be issued elsewhere, it wants to be Asia’s ILS domicile of choice and further assist in pressing the boundaries of the global ILS too.
Tan in her speech said that Singapore was making good progress in establishing itself as the domicile of ILS, as ILS was increasingly being accepted as a mechanism for risk financing and further, in Asia, as a mainstream asset class.
She also noted that the market of ILS market was not one for standing still, because even after the 2 challenging years full of losses and the continuous problems related to the loss creep and trapped collateral, the market of ILS was continuing to expand.
Tan said that the dynamic market continued to toy with the envelope as regards to new risks, sponsors and more geographic territories. She continued to say that even in its natural peril space, Singapore has been expanding in the scope of the covered risks.
Tan also mentioned that beyond its natural perils, the industry is also beginning to see the issuances of ILS that is covering new types of risks. The capital of ILS is best deployed when there is a gap in the market and the industry and the capacity needs are left unfulfilled.