In April 2021, The World Bank announced that it had closed its Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) – the program that sold pandemic bonds to capital markets investors. The program raised a few hundred million dollars and 64 countries received payments to help them with their Covid-19 responses. However, many were critical of the program, and the announcement that the initiative has closed is no surprise to most, but there remains a significant funding gap…

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Insurers are favouring funded re as it helps firms manage the market and longevity risks associated with writing bulk purchase annuity (BPA) business by reducing capital charges and therefore making PRT deals more competitive. 

Unsurprisingly, given its growth and potential for capital optimisation, UK regulators have been carefully watching the increased use of funded re. In June 2023, the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) sent a “Dear CRO’ letter to heads of risk at UK life insurers.

The letter outlined the regulator’s two main concerns from a sectoral review which it had carried out.

“One of the key risks arising in funded re is that firms recapture sub-optimal portfolios with depressed values and with limited ability to be transformed effectively to the firms’ preferred portfolio,” the PRA letter said.

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