December 19th, 2012

Government Terrorism Pools

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

David Flandro, Global Head of Business Intelligence, Julian Alovisi, Assistant Vice President, Lucy Dalimonte, Senior Vice President, Ellen Rieder, Managing Director and Emma Karhan, Senior Vice President

To help (re)insurers manage the global terrorist threat, terrorism reinsurance pools have been created in a number of countries. The pools were established in reaction to the specific threats faced within each country, and each pool generally requires a declaration by the national government that a terrorist event has occurred to trigger coverage. In the countries where compulsory or optional terrorism reinsurance pools exist, property insurance policies can be extended to include terrorism coverage in accordance with the local pool. In such situations, any standalone terrorism and sabotage policy would be issued as difference in conditions (DIC) and difference in limits (DIC/DIL) of the locally issued property policy.

Table 1 below summarizes the compulsory and optional terrorism pools that operate around the globe.

Table 1


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